The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) supports 17 Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (RIDCs) selected for funding for a period of up to eleven years, subject to continuation reviews on years 2, 4 and 7.
Each RIDC is expected to establish a hub of excellent research in its focus area. In addition, each RIDC must actively seek out and develop opportunities to have its research results contribute to commercially and/or socially relevant high-impact applications, as well as contributing to education and dissemination of knowledge.
Funding for the 17 RIDCs will come from FAPESP and the host institutions (funding faculty, technicians, support personnel, and infrastructure). It is estimated that for the eleven-year duration of the program, the total funding for the 17 Centers will be more than US$ 680 million, with US$ 370 million from FAPESP and US$ 310 million in salaries from the host institutions. Additional funding will be obtained by each Center from industry and government organizations.
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 discovery; 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.
The RIDC Program, started by FAPESP in 2000, supported 11 research Centers from 2001 until 2013. In 2011, a second call for proposals was announced, generating 90 proposals, out of which 17 awardees were selected. The selection process involved 150 Brazilian and international reviewers, an International Committee composed of 11 invited scientists, and FAPESP’s internal committees.
FAPESP publications about the RIDC: