PROLAB Collaboration in Latin America

The Prolab Program seeks to foster scientific collaboration and development of human resources among Latin American and Caribbean Neuroscience research groups. PROLAB uses the Neuroscience scientific network of the region and provides economic support to joint research projects. Its main goal is to diminish the asymmetries in the development of the Neurosciences in the continent, thus allowing established research groups to set up collaboration with emerging groups and also opening a space for horizontal collaboration among established groups within the region.

This program is designed to intensify the regional scientific exchange among research laboratories, research groups, university departments and other academic institutions of higher education and scientific research (called here “research groups”) from the LARC-IBRO countries, thus creating conditions for scientific production and formation of human resources of growing quality in the Neurosciences of the region.

The scientific collaborations will be supported through grants for research missions (exchange trips by doctoral and post doctoral students, as well as faculty, from the participating institutions) planned to work on scientific questions specifically proposed in the submitted project.


Projects should aim at scientific investigations and training of human resources in research. They should be structured around a scientific research project in Neuroscience focused on relevant scientific topics in the forefront of this area of human knowledge.

Applications should have a joint coordination by the leaders of the research groups involved. The participant groups will choose one of the research leaders to be the responsible liaison with LARC.

The projects should be planned for a two year period. The application should present the project around which the collaboration will be organized and the chronogram of activities.


Collaboration proposals may involve an established group and one or more developing or emerging groups (type 1 application) or between two established groups (type 2 application).

Each research group should be constituted by faculty-researchers connected to a higher education and/or research institution, and should have the following characteristics:

The research groups should belong to different Latin American and/or Caribbean countries.
Each established or emerging participating research group must have a coordinator with recognized competence in the area of the project. Established groups consist of at least five faculty-researchers, postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate students, connected to a graduate program and are led by an investigator of recognized competence in science and formation of human resources. Non-established or emerging groups consist of at least two faculty-researchers and graduate students and are led by a faculty-researcher of recognized scientific competence.
The members of the research groups can participate in only one PROLAB project.
IBRO LARC committee members are not eligible for PROLAB support for the duration of their terms.


PROLAB/IBRO-LARC finances joint projects from groups from any countries of the region with a total amount of EUR 4.000, 00/project for a 2-year project. In 2014 three projects will be financed.
Financial support from PROLAB/IBRO/LARC is exclusively aimed at supporting research missions (three to six months) by doctoral and post-doctoral student members of the research groups, as well as faculty for activities within the approved project.



Dr. Dora Fix Ventura,
Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, BRASIL


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