Being connected with the world is critical, especially in the area of ​​Science, Technology and Innovation. Aware of this, the Minas Gerais State Agency for Research and Development - FAPEMIG - invests in the internationalization of science produced in the State of Minas Gerais through partnerships with companies and research institutions from several countries.

The agreements aim to promote the exchange of researchers, fund jointly developed projects and provide researchers from the State of Minas Gerais with an international experience in some of the most important centres of knowledge generation in the world.

At FAPEMIG, partnerships are managed by the International Scientific Office, a department created especially for this purpose.  The opportunities are periodically posted on the Foundation's website ( Among the partner countries are:



Partner institutions: University of Queensland

Planned activities: scientific cooperation between teams from the two countries, student and researchers exchange; release of joint public notices.



Partner institutions: University of Alberta and the nongovernmental organization International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTP Canada)

Planned activities: Student, teacher and researcher exchange; financing joint projects; promotion of scientific events; projects with companies.



Partner institutions: French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (Inria), National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Research and Higher Education Centre (Pres), which represents the French universities in the region of Nord Pas de Calais.

Planned activities: financing partnership projects, promoting the integration of research groups; joint public notices.



Partner institutions: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Planned activities: Student, teacher and researcher exchanges; funding joint research projects.



Partner institutions: Polytechnic University of Turin (Polito)

Planned Activities: Student, teacher and researcher exchange


United Kingdom

Partner institutions: Imperial College London

Planned activities: courses for graduate students and developing research projects in the field of Organic Electronics and Printed Press.


United States

Partner institutions: Purdue University and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

Planned activities: student and researcher exchange, education and research materials exchange, scientific cooperation between teams from the two countries, fulfilment of technical meetings; encouraging scientific projects in healthcare.


South Korea

Partner institutions: University of Science and Technology (UST)

Planned activities: Student and researcher exchange, joint projects, seminars and conferences.


International Scientific Initiation Program

Created in 2009, the Programme aims to stimulate exchanges by providing an international experience to graduate students of educational institutions of Minas Gerais. Brazilian candidates must submit a proposal to be developed with institutions in other countries. The program also allows research development opportunities for foreign candidates in Minas Gerais, after signing an agreement with FAPEMIG.