The Coordination for the Development of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) included UFBA in the group of 36 Brazilian higher educational institutions qualified to receive financial resources from the Interinstitutional Internationalization Program (Capes PrInt), which, as of November 2018, will establish new criteria for the distribution and management of resources for the internationalization of university research. The decision was published today on the Capes website.
UFBA was not included in the preliminary list disclosed in August 2018 by that Federal Development Agency, along with other institutions of national relevance, such as the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). For that reason, UFBA appealed to the decision. “Our appeal was strong and consistent. The inclusion in the Capes PrInt is a great benefit for the University”, says the pro-rector of Research, Creation and Innovation, Professor Thierry Corrêa Lobão. Capes has not yet disclosed the amounts that each of the 36 institutions will receive.
The proposal submitted by UFBA to guarantee its inclusion in the restricted group had as its strongest points, a large number of projects, a wide variety of themes and areas of knowledge, the interdisciplinary logic used in grouping them, the massive adhesion of the best-evaluated post-graduate programs, and the strong scientific tradition of the University. In answering to the public call, UFBA submitted a proposal that included a total of 165 projects, grouped in 19 interdisciplinary macro-themes, distributed in 5 major axes of knowledge.
All the UFBA Post-graduate programs evaluated by CAPES with a grade equal or greater than 4 (on a scale from 3 to 7) submitted proposals. A relevant point in the CAPES selection process, was the high performance of the University, as recently confirmed, within the main quantitative and qualitative indicators of scientific production, in general bringing the University to spots that range between the 5th and 15th positions – thus confirming the tradition of research that has identified UFBA since its beginning.