Assessment of scientific programs: a necessary procedure for Brazilian scientific policy - the young investigator program of the state of Sao Paulo research foundation

Assessment of scientific programs: a necessary procedure for Brazilian scientific policy - the young investigator program of the state of Sao Paulo research foundation

Author Pian, Carlos Alberto de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Meneghini, Rogerio Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution FAPESP
BIREME
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Programs of Science and Technology research have grown significantly in Brazil over the last decades. Until the 1980s the so-called undirected programs, without specific goals and requiring only scientific merit, prevailed. The few programs with defined goals in this period were never objectively assessed. The same situation occurred in developed countries. In the early 1990s, the assessment of programs supported by public funding became mandatory in US and some European countries. In Brazil, program assessment has so far not been implemented yet. The Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa no Estado de Sao Paulo (FAPESP) ( Brazilian funding agency) Young Investigator (YI) Program is in its eleventh year, with approximately eight hundred projects awarded. Although it is free-demand based as concerns areas of knowledge, it has specific goals : (1) conceding grants to YI in view of the balance between funding, merit and real needs so as to enable satisfactory working conditions in the short term, (2) providing priority for institutions with a less extensive background in research, (3) granting a special fellowship to YI with no employment connection and ( 4) introduction of new research fronts in centers with a sound research background. This assessment provided evidence for the achievement of first three goals. The fourth one is still pending on additional data requiring survey assessment. Actions in this direction are recommended.
Keywords evaluation
assessment of scientific programs
scientific production
statistical sampling
Language English
Date 2007-09-01
Published in Anais Da Academia Brasileira De Ciencias. Rio Janeiro: Acad Brasileira De Ciencias, v. 79, n. 3, p. 543-562, 2007.
ISSN 0001-3765 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Acad Brasileira De Ciencias
Extent 543-562
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0001-37652007000300014
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000249384000014
SciELO ID S0001-37652007000300014 (statistics in SciELO)
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/11600/42525

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