Following the second call for applications to the Bath–FAPESP SPRINT (São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration) initiative in 2016/17, we are delighted to announce the proposal submitted by Dr Louise Brown, from the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, has been funded.

The FAPESP funding award builds on Bath’s successful partnerships in Latin America and the vibrant research connections our academics have forged with colleagues in Brazil.

FAPESP is a public foundation with the mission to support research projects in higher education and research institutions. We have had a Cooperation Agreement with FAPESP since 2013, which has facilitated collaborative research and research staff mobility.

Dr Louise Brown, Reader in Social Work in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences commented:

"‘I am delighted that we have been successful with this award. Professor Prioli-Cordeiro from University of Sao Paulo (USP) visited Bath in 2016 with a view to finding out more about my work on social innovation and the scaling-up of practice based interventions between countries. The grant we have secured will enable us to realize different activities including a preliminary study on social innovation in the Brazilian Unified Social Assistance System (USAS).

"The research is practical and applied and as such will support the development of interdisciplinary practice in Brazil. I am also pleased that alongside the research we have planned a study tour and will be taking a group of undergraduate social work students out to Brazil in 2019 to look at social work services in Sao Paulo. This is a really nice example of a project that ties our international research in with high quality, unique educational opportunities for our student".