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Provost’s Office for Research (PRP)

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The Provost for Research

José Eduardo Krieger graduated from the Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine in 1984 and earned his PhD in physiology from the Medical College of Winscosin in 1988. He conducted post-doctoral research in molecular biology at the Harvard Medical School from 1989 to 1990 and at the Stanford University School of Medicine from 1990 to 1992. He has taught at the University of São Paulo since 1990. Currently, he is a member of the Cardiopulmonology department, where he holds a position as full professor of Molecular Medicine. He also directs the Laboratory of Genetics and Molecular Cardiology of the HCFMUSP’s Heart Institute.

He is a regular member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the president of the São Paulo Academy of Sciences. His research activity focuses on the identification of molecular markers associated to the genesis of cardiovascular diseases and the development of new therapeutic approaches for cardiac recovery.

The Research Council

The Research Council is responsible for stimulating scientific investigation, particularly research projects of interdisciplinary nature. It is also meant to promote post-doctoral activities. It is up to the Council to draw guidelines that will orient the university’s activities in the field of research, always in accordance with the rules established by the Universitary Council, as well as to ensure, through permanent evaluation, both the quality of the scientific work being carried out in the university and resources that fit the aims of each program.

Programs and Scholarships


The Post-Doctorate at USP is a research program carried out at the Units and at Integration and Complementary Organizations by those who hold a Ph.D. title in order to improve the scientific excellence level at the University. The registration in the Post-Doctorate Program of the Provost’s Office for Research (PRP) must be submitted at the Research Committee of the Unit in which the project will be developed.

Post-doc visiting arrival guide (download)


The Provost’s Office for Research (PRP) manages the Institutional Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program (PIBIC). The Program targets undergraduates and aims to promote the research development in the Institution, by means of forwarding these students to scientific discoveries and experience with procedures and methodologies adopted in science and technology.  The primary value which must guide the Research Projects Program activities is the student benefit, whom the Program is an opportunity of complementing their academic education, improving their knowledge and preparing themselves for professional life.


The Institutional Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program for Technological Development and Innovation (PIBITI) was founded by CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) in order to stimulate technical schools students and undergraduates on the development and knowledge transfers of new technologies and innovation.

The program goals involve the contribution for the human resources formation and their engagement in research activities and in technological and innovation development. So they can dedicate themselves on the consolidation of innovative capacity of national companies.


The Research Scholarship Program for Mid-level Students (Pré-IC) is a Provost’s Office for Research (PRP)’s initiative, which aims supporting research projects on human, exact and biology sciences fields of knowledge. The projects enable the possibility of attracting and stimulating the interest of students from public schools, by means of the following the activities and the contact with procedures and methodologies adopted on scientific research. Therefore, the program offers opportunities to complementary personal formation, improving the student knowledge and preparation to their professional life.

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Support Program for Bioterium at USP

The Provost’s Office for Research (PRP) manages resources destined by the Finance and Patrimony Commission annually for the improvement of the University Bioterium Units. The destination of these financial resources for this issue is defined by the Advisory Commission of Provost’s Office, composed of members designated by PRP.

International Cooperation

The Program USP/COFECUB is a partnership between the University of São Paulo and the Comité Français d’Evaluation de la Coopération Universitaire avec le Brésil, which is a committee held by the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education. At USP, the program USP/COFECUB is carried out together (along) by the Provost’s Offices for Research (PRP) and for Post-Graduation (PRPG) and by the Commission for International Cooperation. Resources are offered so French missions come to USP and to Brazilian missions can go to partners Institutions (Universities, Centers and Research Institutes) at France. Each university is responsible for their researchers’ airline tickets and the visitors’ accommodation. Two-way trips (USP-Partner Institute) up to 2 (two) missions per year will be recovered by the Provost’s Offices.

The program aims promoting the establishment and strengthening of French-Brazilian scientific exchange. The covered projects receive the financial support of the items mentioned above during 2 years, with the possibility of 2 years more, except if there is a point not acceptable by the French and Brazilian committees.

Institute of Brazil-Europe Studies (IBE)
The European Studies Institute in Brazil (IBE) was established in December 2010 and is sponsored by the European Union. The outcome of an effort by a group of Brazilian and European universities, it was designed to invigorate Brazilian higher education by promoting the exchange of knowledge.

The aim of creating centers for relationship and support is to enhance cooperation and promote dialogue, teaching, research; involving the public in issues where the experience of society may add value and face the challenges posed by them is also an objective of the Institute.

The idea of transdisciplinarity forms the basis of and informs all its activities, which include the creation of post-graduate courses, the discussion of shared issues for the development of collaborative research, as well as a greater exchange of information through discussion forums and the promotion of a relationship with the third sector and small businesses for the propagation and dissemination of projects.

Academic and social aspirations of all countries involved are approached and fostered in the various areas covered by the action of the Institute, in whatever region, promoting renewed paradigms and creating a legacy for future generations.

Princeton University
The University of São Paulo and Princeton University applied a strategic partnership that aims the creation of programs, which enable professors and students to develop collaborative activities of teaching and research with institutional support of their original and final university. The purposes will be submitted to evaluation of a Bilateral Committee constituted by professors and administrative member of the two institutions.

The bilateral activities of teaching and research must have a balanced representative composition of the institutions, and must also supply the national requirements to financial support and follow the general regulations of each university.

University of Porto
The University of São Paulo (USP) and the University of Porto (UP) celebrates an International Cooperation Protocol aiming the academic cooperation at all knowledge fields of the institutions, in order to promote the exchange of professors/researches and post-graduates for the development of research projects in partnership between member from the respective institutions.

University of Salamanca
The University of São Paulo (USP) and the University of Salamanca (USAL) celebrates an International Cooperation Protocol aiming the academic cooperation at all knowledge fields of the institutions, in order to promote the exchange of professors/researches and post-graduates for the development of research projects in partnership between member from the respective institutions.

At USP, the Program USP/USAL is carried out together (along) by the Provost’s Offices for Research (PRP) and for Post-Graduation (PRPG) and by the Vice Provost’s Office for International Cooperation. At USAL, the program is carried out by its Provost’s Office for Research and USAL Center of Brazilian Studies.

Resources are offered so USAL missions come to USP and to Brazilian missions are able go to the USAL. Each university is responsible for their researchers’ airline tickets and the visitors’ accommodation.

The program aims promoting the establishment and strengthening of Hispanic-Brazilian scientific exchange. The covered projects receive the financial support of the items mentioned above during 2 years, with the possibility of 2 years more, except if there is a point not acceptable by the French and Brazilian committees.

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Core Facilities

Core Facilities are constituted by a lab or a set of labs containing complementary equipment, which can be shared and available to different users from the University of São Paulo or from external institutions.

The program allows a higher number of users the access to high-cost equipment as well as to advanced techniques, methods, specialists and services on scientific investigation. Therefore, it increases the contact between researchers and scientific productivity.

It is assumed that the Core Facilities must be managed consistently to ensure accessibility, stability, reliability, quality control and the appropriate cost-effectiveness. Furthermore, they must be ruled by means of obtaining support from founding agencies.

A schedule system is used and the conditions to use their service are TRATADAS with STAFF based on predefined rules.

Core Facilities at USP

There are many Core Facilities units at the University which were founded when FAPESP (The State of São Paulo Research Foundation) released the Multiusers Equipment Program in 2011-2012. Many groups were contemplated and, according to the requirement of FAPESP and its Program, their equipment become available creating (THROUGH) websites which are included on the link Core Facilities at the Provost’s Office for Research website (HERE ON THE BOTTOM).

FAPESP supported other Core Facilities at USP with different programs, but other foundation agencies as the FINEP (Brazilian Innovation Agency) also support. The websites and email addresses are available here on the bottom.

For an updated panorama of the Core Facilities equipment offered by FAPESP to USP researchers,  access the links or

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Research at USP

Research Support Centers (NAPs) 

Resolution nº 3657, of February 15, 1990, sets the standard and establishes Research Support Centers (NAPs) as USP’s research integration structures, established with the objective to bring together experts from one or more units around interdisciplinary research and/or instrumental research support.

Access here the complete list of NAPs

Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (CEPIDs)

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) supports 17 Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (CEPIDs), which aim to develop fundamental and applied investigation, focused on specific issues (areas); to contribute actively to innovation by means of technology share (transference); and to offer extension activities regarding to basic education, high schools and general public.

The research topics covered by the Centers include the following: food and nutrition; glasses and glass-ceramics; functional materials; neuroscience and neurotechnology; inflammatory diseases; biodiversity and drug discoveries; toxins, immune-response and cell signaling; neuromathematics; mathematical sciences applied to industry; obesity and associated diseases; cellular therapy; metropolitan studies; human genome and stem-cells; computational engineering; redox processes in biomedicine; violence; and optics, photonics, and atomic and molecular physics.


Access here the complete list of CEPIDs

National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs)

The National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCT) program has broad, far-reaching, nation-wide goals, such as:

– The possibility of gathering and mobilizing the country’s best research teams, specially those focused on sustainable development or cutting-edge science;

– Propel internationally competitive basic scientific research;

– Stimulate the development of cutting-edge applied science and technology research in order to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, in close conjunction with startups and companies associated with the Brazilian System of Technology (Sibratech).

Besides fostering the advance of Brazil’s capacities in diverse areas knowledge through the creation of attractive, stimulating environments for talented students of all levels and ages, the program is also directly responsible for the schooling of young researchers, supporting the implementation and operation of laboratories in universities and companies, allowing a better nation-wide distribution of scientific and technological research and increasing the country’s knowledge in top-priority areas for its development.

The INCTs should also implement programs that contribute to science education and the dissemination of science among common citizens.

The creation of the institutes was possible with the collaboration of the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) and the Research Support Foundations of Amazonas (Fapeam), Pará (Fapespa), São Paulo (Fapesp), Minas Gerais (Fapemig), Rio de Janeiro (Faperj) and Santa Catarina (Fapesc), as well as the Ministry of Health and the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).

Access here the complete list of INCTs


BIOTA-FAPESP program website:

Created in March, 1999, the BIOTA-FAPESP Program (FAPESP Research Program on Biodiversity Characterization, Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use), aimed not only at discovering, mapping and analyzing the origins, diversity and distribution of the flora and fauna of the State of São Paulo, but also at evaluating the possibilities of sustainable exploitation of plants or animals with economic potential and assisting in the formulation of conservation policies on forest remnants.

The BIOTA-FAPESP Program has been called the Virtual Institute of Biodiversity owing to the form of its organization, integrating researchers from several institutions and their students. Scientists from the leading public universities in the state of São Paulo, research institutes and non-governmental organizations participate in projects to discover, map and analyze the biodiversity distributed in land and marine environments and in other ecosystems, as well as proposing alternatives and public policies to preserve it. Biota-FAPESP involves around 1,200 professionals (900 researchers and students from São Paulo, 150 collaborators from other states and 80 from abroad).

The 84 research projects supported have resulted in the identification and description of 500 new species of plants and animals, the training of 180 masters and 60 PhDs, information records on more than 12 thousand species and databases with the contents of 35 biological collections. An endeavor that can be translated into the publication of 700 articles in scientific periodicals, 20 books and two atlases. /p>

The information produced by the BIOTA-FAPESP Program ( is in databases open to the scientific community of Brazil and abroad. Standardization of the collections has made it possible to construct the Environmental Information System, SinBiota (, which registers and integrates the collections of plants or animals carried out in the State of São Paulo, with geographical coordinates of thousands of species, which may be consulted using the scientific name of the plant or animal, or the name of the collector, or the locality or date of collection.

It is also possible to see the geographical distribution of the points of collection of the species since SinBiota is laid out on a cartographic base detailing remnants of native vegetation, reforested areas with exotic species (Pinnus and Eucalyptus), conservation units, the river and road networks and the urban areas. This is the second database: the BIOTA-FAPESP Program Atlas, which incorporates the Forest Inventory of São Paulo, a survey coordinated by the Forestry Institute. Elaborated on the basis of field surveys, aerial photos and satellite images, the Inventory monitors the area occupied by remnants of native vegetation in the State of São Paulo.

Based on a larger system, Species Link ( has accumulated 2 million records of data resulting from research activities or contained in archives of national and foreign biological collections.

Other developments of BIOTA-FAPESP are the electronic scientific magazine Biota Neotropica (, with the relevant results of studies on biodiversity in the Neotropical region, associated or not with the Program, and the Biota Network of Bioprospection and Biotrials (BIOprospecTA –, which integrates research groups in the State of São Paulo engaged, directly or indirectly, with the prospection of new compounds of economic interest in microorganisms, macroscopic fungi, plants, invertebrates (including marine) and vertebrates.

In 2007, in conjunction with the State Ministry of the Environment, the Program produced the book Guidelines for the conservation and restoration of the State of São Paulo (launched in November 2008) and a series of maps which constitute the scientific support to orient the strategies of conservation, preservation and restoration of the native biodiversity in the State of São Paulo.

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BIOEN Program web site:

The BIOEN, FAPESP Bioenergy Research Program aims at articulating public and private R&D, using academic and industrial laboratories to advance and apply knowledge in fields related to ethanol production in Brazil.

The BIOEN Program includes five divisions:

1. Division of Biomass Research, with focus on sugarcane and including plant improvement and sugarcane farming;
2. Division of Ethanol Industrial Technologies;
3. Division of Bio-refineries Technologies and Alcohol Chemistry;
4. Division of Ethanol Applications for Motor Vehicles: Otto cycle engines and fuel cells; and
5. Division of Research on Impacts: Social and economic, environmental studies, land use, intellectual property.

The BIOEN Program has a solid core for supporting academic exploratory research related to these topics. It is expected that these exploratory activities will generate new knowledge and form scientists and professionals essential for advancing industry capacity in ethanol related technologies.

On top of this, the BIOEN, FAPESP Bioenergy Research Program establishes partnerships with industry for cooperative R&D activities between industrial laboratories and academic laboratories at universities and research institutes, which are to be co-funded by FAPESP and industry.

For these collaborations the details for each theme are specified agreementing to the interest of the private partners and to FAPESP commitment to fostering research in the State of São Paulo. Other research agencies from federal and other state governments were invited to participate in the BIOEN Program: the Ministry for Science and Technology and Fapemig declared its interest and other agencies are studying their commitment.


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