Rio to Fund $1.75M for Research by Columbia and Rio Professors

July 07, 2014

The Government of Rio de Janeiro has chosen 15 research projects with nearly $2 million in funds for university professors from Columbia and the state of Rio de Janeiro over the next two years.

The winning projects were chosen from 24 applicants and follows an agreement signed in March by Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Rio de Janeiro) and the Rio de Janeiro State Funding Agency (FAPERJ). See the complete list below.

Among the winners is Columbia Professor Jason Bordoff, founding director of Columbia's Center on Global Energy Policy.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the talented Rio faculty, and are honored to be part of this project, which underscores Columbia's identity as one of the world's premier research institutions," said Bordoff, who is Professor of Professional Practice in the School of International and Public Affairs. "The funds for our project will help the Center on Global Energy policy carry out its mission of improving the quality of energy policy and dialogue through objective, balanced, and rigorous analysis."

Thomas J. Trebat, director of Columbia's Rio Center, said he was very encouraged by the collaborative projects and the Rio government's support. He is at far left in the photo at left with Rio Governor Sergio Cabral.

"On behalf of the Columbia Global Center in Rio, we are extremely grateful for the support of the State Government of Rio de Janeiro through its principal research agency, FAPERJ," Trebat said. "The State is making available $1.75 million dollars to fund research on public policies in health, education, and sustainable development in projects that bring together local researchers and Columbia faculty."

Trebat said the collaborations between Columbia and Rio faculty will establish partnerships and friendships he hopes will endure over many years to the benefit of all involved, especially the citizens of Rio.

"As grateful as we are to our local partners in Rio, we are enormously proud of the enthusiasm of so many talented Columbia faculty members who responded to the call for proposals. With high hopes for the future of their work in Rio, we extend to each our warmest congratulations and greetings."

The signing ceremony in March was held at Rio de Janeiro Governor’s Palace with the presence of Gov. Cabral, authorities from the State Government, FAPERJ and Higher Education Institutions and Columbia Global Center Rio friends.