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RTI 2016: Annual Application Plan of Technical Reserve for Institutional Infrastructure for research

Abstract

The institutional plan of research activities at UNIFESP prioritizes the development of interdisciplinary, innovative and high level of intellectual, social and economic impact. The plan was developed in partnership with the Post-Graduation and Research Chamber of each University Unit, proportionally to the amount of contribution of the researchers from that unit to the calculation of the Institutional Technical Reserve. In each Chamber they decided on the main needs of the specific Unit considering the multiuser characteristic of the equipment, services or supplies requested. One criterion of eligibility was the absence of equivalent equipment in the University. The proposals presented by each Chamber were discussed in the Post Graduate and Research Council after checking they were compatible with the FAPESP specific policy. The distribution of resources was: a) 30% defined by the team of the Pro-rectory in order to deal with emergencies and common costs, such as libraries, to different campuses; b) 70% were defined by the council of the University Units Chambers, considering all the proposals sent by the researchers asking for equipment or services to multiuser labs. The decision on priority was based on the following criteria: shared facilities, impossibility of obtaining funds from other sources and relevance to high level and impacting research multicenter labs. The Pro-rectory has prioritized innovative approaches and high-level projects in the diverse areas of research. In some areas we already have a strong tradition, such as in Health Sciences and in others we are expanding as in Humanities, Exact, Biological and Environmental Sciences. Therefore, the allocation of resources was based on the main needs of the University regarding Research infrastructure, following a short, medium and long-term planning. These funds will also be used for developing services of an office of Innovation to foster partnerships with the business area. Some consumables, essential to the completion of the maintenance and modernization services, will also be acquired to support several research groups. As regards the 30 % of the funds (under the responsibility of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research team) the priority was given to corrective maintenance of equipment or laboratories; support to the Office of Support for Researchers and supporting scientific dissemination. The funds will also be used to support the publishing of journals (including services for typesetting, editing, printing and publishing in an electronic version) aiming at expanding the dissemination of research, among which ENTRETESES, a magazine designed to promote the research developed at UNIFESP, national and internationally. (AU)

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