Ministers of science and technology from BRICS states on the 18 March 2015 signed a Memorundum of Understanding (MoU) on Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration. After the signing the agreement, the Ministers established a working group consisting of National Science, Technology, Research organisations of all the members of the bloc. The working group consists of National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq, Brazil), Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE, Russia), Ministry of Education and Science (MON, Russia), Russian Foundation for Basic
Research (RFBR, Russia), Department of Science and Technology (DST, India), Ministry of Science and
Technology (MOST, China), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC, China) and National
Research Foundation (NRF, South Africa).
The group since has 2016 contributed meaningfully to research capacity development through the provision of Masters’ and Doctoral scholarships and student exchange programmes.
In its third year, it is still calling for joint proposals that involve at least three or more partners from the BRICS countries.
Joint research proposals should be submitted within the following six designated thematic areas prioritised by all BRICS countries; aeronautics, astronomy, biotechnology and biomedicine including human health and neuroscience, geospatial technology and its applications, information technologies and high performance computing, material science including nanotechnolog, new and renewable energy, and energy efficiency, including SSL, ocean and polar science and technology and Photonics.
To find out more about the research collaboration visit: https://www.nrf.ac.za