January 12, 2023 | News | Research Funding

Marília Nepomuceno Receives DAAD Grant


MPIDR Researcher Marília Nepomuceno received a grant from DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) to promote research cooperation between Germany and Brazil for an in-depth assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Brazilian population dynamics.

The DAAD granted 24,245 Euro to Marília Nepomuceno, Researcher at the Research Group: Lifespan Inequalities at the MPIDR, to fund research stays for MPIDR researchers in Brazil. The German team will be hosted by the National School of Statistical Science (ENCE/IBGE) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Research stays of Brazilian researchers at MPIDR will be funded by CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel). This is a new and first collaboration between the MPIDR and the ENCE/IBGE.

“This project is a great opportunity to build successful collaborations between Brazilian and German researchers who are at different stages of their careers. Brazilian PhD students will have the opportunity to gain international research experience at the MPIDR, and MPIDR researchers will have the opportunity to interact with Brazilian scientists and pave the way for future research co-operations,” says Marília Nepomuceno.

Together with the Brazilian joint principal investigator, Angelita Carvalho from ENCE/IBGE, they will assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Brazilian demography at the national level, in small areas, and across socioeconomic groups. “Due to its demographic aspects, socioeconomic inequality, heterogeneity, and political situation, Brazil offers a unique context to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on population dynamics,” says Marília Nepomuceno. 

“Our results will guide policymakers to better plan health policies and family programs after demographic changes due to the pandemic,” says Marília Nepomuceno. She adds: “The COVID-19 pandemic is a pivotal moment in demographic science, and high-quality research is needed to better understand and mitigate its impact on population dynamics.”

More about the grant

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Programs for Project-Related Personal Exchange (PPP)

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