CONFAP (Brazilian National Council for the State Funding Agencies) a non-profit organization was created in 2006 to articulate the interests from Brazilian State Funding Agencies, among other goals.
For example, CONFAP and its partner, CONSECTI, proposed a new legislation for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). It was sanctioned by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff in 2016 and may help to reduce bureaucracy for researchers as well as facilitate innovation in Brazil.
In terms of international cooperation, CONFAP´s members participated in missions to the United Kingdom, China, Finland, Russia, Canada, Ireland and Belgium. As a result, the Council established several partnerships with European countries (initially with France, in 2011) and has perspectives of increasing joint actions with Ireland and Canada, for example.
Above all, there´s a strong partnership with the United Kingdom that has resulted in several public call until between 2014-2016. In fact, CONFAP was the first Brazilian organization to operate the Newton Fund and has been publicly recognized by its success in implementing the calls.
Since 2017, CONFAP is directed by Maria Zaira Turchi (also president of the Goiás State Research Support Foundation). The vice-president is Claudio Benedito Silva Furtado (president of the Paraíba Research Support Foundation).
The 26 members that compose CONFAP meet in National Forums generally 4 times per year. Each CONFAP president is elected, for 2-year terms, among all the presidents of the State Funding Agencies.