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A new crop of institutes

Diogo Brito / FAPEMIG Engineer Mário Neto Borges: new president of the CNPqDiogo Brito / FAPEMIG

On October 26, 2016 the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) announced the 101 projects being considered for the new request for proposals of the National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs) program. São Paulo State will be home to 33 of the 101 centers. The program is funded by the federal government through the CNPq, the Brazilian Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education, the Brazilian Innovation Agency, and by state governments through 14 research foundations, including FAPESP. The time frame for project financing is up to six years. Of the INCTs in São Paulo State, 16 will be at the University of São Paulo, six at the University of Campinas, three at the Federal University of São Carlos, two at São Paulo State University and two at the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials. The Institute for Technological Research, the Agronomic Institute of Campinas, the National Institute for Space Research and the Antônio Prudente Foundation will each house one institute. The list of co-funded projects ( was drawn up when the institutions met on October 5, 2016 at CNPq headquarters. The decision was one of the final management acts performed by chemist Hernan Chaimovich at the CNPq. On October 20, engineer Mário Neto Borges was appointed to head up the organization.