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Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (RIDC)

Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (RIDC)

FAPESP supports eleven RIDCs (Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers) producing scientific knowledge in areas such as cell therapy, the human genome, molecular biotechnology, cancer research and treatment, applied toxinology, sleep disturbance, optics and photonics, atomic and molecular physics, ceramic materials, violence, and studies of metropolitan areas.

The Centers are located in the state of São Paulo and are financed by the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), one of the main Brazilian agencies for promoting scientific research.

In addition to carrying out scientific research, all the Centers develop activities related to the application of their results, creating innovation and disseminating  knowledge to various sectors of society.

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (RIDC) integrate basic multidisciplinary research, the transfer of technology through collaboration with industry and government, and extension activities in scientific education. Created in 2000 by FAPESP, the eleven Centers perform world class research in  medicine, immunology, sociology, urbanism, physics and biotechnology.

The research groups that make up the Centers are dedicated to lines of research linked to a central theme. Expert researchers train new professionals and produce results internationally recognized such as the use of stem cells for the treatment for juvenile diabetes, and a report on violence against children in the world, commissioned at the end of 2006 by the United Nations.

The RIDC’s study problems relevant to the country and to the world. Their objectives also include the creation of research partnerships with industry and with institutions capable of putting public policies into practice, the stimulus for the creation of spin-offs based on the results of research. They also offer short courses and workshops for the training of high school teachers.

Each RIDC  periodically undergoes an in-depth assessment by international ad-hoc committees invited by FAPESP. Additionally, each RDIC has an International Advisory Board composed by scientists invited by the researchers who lead each center.  

More information about the RIDC:



Antonio Prudente Center for Research into the Treatment of Cancer   |  More information

Center for Structural Molecular Biotechnology
   |  More information

Center for Metropolitan Studies   |  More information

Center for Studies of Violence  More information

Center for Human Genome Studies  More information

Center for Sleep Studies  |   More information

Center for Research on Optics and Photonics (Campinas)   More information

Center for Research on Optics and Photonics (São Carlos)   |   More information

Center for Cell Therapy  |  More information

Center for Applied Toxinology   |   More information

Multidisciplinary Center for the Development of Ceramic Materials   |   More information