The Coordination for the Development of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) accepted in its entirety the proposal submitted by UFBA in response to the public call for the Interinstitutional Program for Internationalization (CAPES PrInt), which will establish new criteria for the distribution and management of financial resources aimed at stimulating the internationalization of scientific research in university institutions. Thus, the University will be entitled to receive R $32 million, to be invested in the next four years.
In a decision announced on October 1, Capes had already included UFBA in the group of the 36 Brazilian Higher education institutions entitled to receive the funding as per the call. The full approval of the proposal “not only the fairness of our appeal, but also the merit of the proposal that brought together several researchers from different postgraduate programs”, said the pro-rector of Research, Creation and Innovation, Thierry Corrêa Lobão. The amount is more than double the investments received by the UFBA in the previous four-year period.
UFBA had been surprisingly out the preliminary list disclosed in August by the development agency, together with other institutions of great national relevance, such as the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), the federal universities of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and São Paulo (UNIFESP), and therefore filed an appeal. The proposal of UFBA had as strengths 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 ratifying the tradition of research that has identified UFBA since its beginning.
Source: *Edgar Digital