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Research Support Centers (NAPs)


Resolution nº 3657, of February 15, 1990, sets the standard and establishes Research Support Centers (NAPs) as USP’s research integration structures, established with the objective to bring together experts from one or more units around interdisciplinary research and/or instrumental research support.



Piracicaba Campus

GA3 – Instrumentation Center: Core Facility in Genomics Applied to Agriculture and Agroenergy
Facility to support research in agriculture, animal science and bioenergy for: genome sequencing, DNA genotyping, sequencing and quantification of proteins, identification of biomolecules and bioinformatics. Training in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics.
Coord.: Luiz Lehmann Coutinho


MEPA – Research Center of Electron Microscopy Applied to Agriculture
A core facility for scanning and transmission electron microscopy.
Jorge Alberto Marques Rezende


NAPBS – Research Center on Bioenergy and Sustainability
Six main axes: biomass production (agriculture, genetics, genetic improvement, plant sciences); functional genomics of plants and microorganisms; biomass to biofuel transformation; industrial processes; biofuels and green chemical products; social and economic aspects.
Carlos Alberto Labate


NAPTISA – Research Support Center for Technology and Innovation for a Sustainable Agriculture
This Research Support Center evaluates the impacts of agricultural activities on the environment, and investigates the feasibility of mitigating them. The acquired knowledge is disseminated aiming at supporting management policies and scientific cooperation between researchers presently engaged in the inception, improvement and application of advanced strategies to agronomical and environmental research. The main activities are carried out aiming at a sustainable agriculture, as well as enhanced food safety.
Elisabete A. De Nadai Fernandes


NUPEGEL – Center for Research in Geochemistry and Geophysics of the Lithosphere
Research in environmental geosciences, with a focus in the biogeochemical processes form the tropical environment aiming at the conservation, recovering and the rational use of resources such as water and soil.
Adolpho José Melfi


Pirassununga Campus

GMABT – Research Center of Animal Genetic Improvement, Biotechnology and Transgenesis
The Center for Support of Research in Animal Breeding and Biotechnology is composed by professors and researchers from five units of University of Sao Paulo, in collaboration with other public and private Brazilian and international universities. It aims to promote the development of science in the agricultural field, contribute to Brazilian agribusiness growth, to improve the rates of animal production systems through the generation of technical and scientific knowledge related to the field of Animal Breeding and Biotechnology and to support human resources training.
Flavio Vieira Meirelles


BioSMat – Materials for Biosystems
Research Nucleus on Materials for Biosystems – BioSMat – results from the multidisciplinary collaboration of several research groups working on the development of innovative and non-conventional materials based on agro industrial resources and their use in engineering applications. BioSMat is also commited to disseminate research results and technological products to scientific community as well as to agro industrial/agribusiness sector. Additionally its partners provide education and training to fulfill demands from Brazilian agribusiness segments.
Coord.: Holmer Savastano Junior


Ribeirão Preto Campus

CEDD – Center of Studies on Law and Inequalities
The Center of Studies on Law and Inequalities (CEDD) aims to develop research programs, as well as teaching and social practices, conducted by a multidisciplinary staff. Such programs will be related to different dimensions of inequalities and their relation with Law, Judiciary Systems and citizenship, in order to produce knowledge to support the evaluation of public policies and social interventions, the analysis of legal acts, the assessment and monitoring of Brazilian Judiciary System, and the suggestions to ameliorate public policies.
Coord.: Fabiana Cristina Severi


CISBi – Center for Integrative Systems Biology
Center for Integrative Systems Biology (CISBi) will be focused on Integrative Biology and will be composed by researchers of basic and clinical areas of FMRP/USP and other internal and external units, aiming mainly human resources training in bioinformatics and integrated analysis of gene circuits in a cell under biological stress, as well as supporting projects to study functional and structural genomes related to human complex diseases, and promoting the development of Translational and Personalized Medicine.
Wilson Araújo da Silva Junior


CPT – Tuberculosis Research Center
Development of products and processes for human or animal health, especially in tuberculosis, AIDS, cancer and immunotherapy
Celio Lopes Silva


EBC – Research Center on Low Carbon Economy
The goal of LCE is to develop studies related to Low Carbon Economy that allow the evaluation of socio-economic impacts of environmental constraints and the risks and opportunities in the transition to a development model based on lower emissions greenhouse gases. The studies are multidisciplinary and are structured in five blocks: economic aspects; accounting and regulatory matters – carbon market in Brazil; aspects of management – environment and organizations; innovation and technological development; alternative energy and energy efficiency.
Rudinei Toneto Junior


FTO – Core Research in Pathophysiology and Ocular Therapeutics
FTO integrates the diverse expertise of different research groups to clarify the pathophysiology of some eye diseases in order to improve currently available therapeutics. Once key pathophysiological mediators are identified gene therapy will be applied to rectify defective gene function through either gene replacement or induced over expression. Thereby it will be possible to improve the treatment of anterior ocular segment and exocrine glands diseases based on identification of potential targets to reduce disruption of normal tissue and cellular function.
Coord.: Eduardo Melani Rocha


NAP-CF – Morphofunctional Interrelations in the Craniofacial Complex
Basic and applied biomedical research focused on the cranio-facial region.
Claudia Maria de Felício


NAPLCP (NAP-CIPEM) – Laboratory of Performance Sciences
Laboratory of Performance Sciences (LPC) is a project to develop teaching, research and extension activities in three Music areas which contemplate their respective interfaces and interdisciplinary relations: composition (composers), interpretation/execution (performer, singers and conductors) and research (musicologist and researcher performer, singers and conductors). The LPC shall organize stable ensembles (chamber, symphonic, vocal and instrumental), events (concerts, festivals, operas, master classes, etc.), pedagogical projects and editions (music scores, books, CDs etc.).
Rubens Russomano Ricciardi


NAP-DCD – Functional Performance and Rehabilitation in Chronic-Degenerative Diseases
Research group focused in evaluation, prevention and intervention in chronic degenerative diseases, with emphasis in solutions that may be applied to and incorporated into the care of patients with chronic non-transmissible diseases.
Anamaria Siriani de Oliveira


NAP-DIN – Research Group on Inflammatory Diseases
Research is concentrate in the basic mechanisms of inflammation and the inflammatory diseases, with the objective of developing new therapeutic approaches and drugs.
Fernando de Queiroz Cunha


NAPENV – Research Support Group on Aging and the Aged
Research Support Group on Aging and the Aged aims to promote interaction between different areas of knowledge for the study of healthy aging and its deviations, as well as to promote the expansion and improvement of human resources, especially at the technical level, fundamental to achieve greater agility and quality service regarding health care to the elderly and extend the benefits of the research outcomes to the community through extension courses, amongst other goals
Eduardo Ferriolli


NAP-FisMed – Medical Physics
Research Center in Medical Physics (NAP-FisMed) associated to Physics Department of Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters, aims to create the necessary conditions for a multidisciplinary environment to promote the continuity of scientific development strongly oriented towards clinical applications of Medical Physics.
Oswaldo Baffa Filho


NAP-LIGGESS – Research Center on Leadership, Management and Administration of Health Services
This Research Support Center focuses, from an interdisciplinary and multicenter perspective, studies related to Management Models and Management of Health Services, with emphasis on Quality Management, Permanent and Continuing Education and Leadership. It congregates investigators who have complementary expertise in the areas of nursing, medicine and administration, especially as references in this research field, in leadership of services and health systems, nationally and internationally.
Andrea Bernardes


Research Center in Animal Toxins (NAP-TOXAN)
Installed at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto, the NAP-TOXAN intended to develop strategic programs in the area of toxinology, aiming to advance research at the frontier of knowledge and training of highly qualified human resources capable of forming new research groups in different regions of the country, as well as the dissemination of this knowledge to society, seeking to add value to the knowledge produced.
Suely Vilela


NIC – Center for Research in Support of Adjustment Cardiocirculatory in Heart Failure: Clinical and Experimental
Cardiocirculatory Regulation of Heart Failure: Clinical and Experimental Approaches Research Center congregates scientists from the School of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto (University of São Paulo), the Heart Institute of the School of Medicine of the University of São Paulo, Lutheran University of Brazil (ULBRA), graduated and undergraduated students and technicians focused on studies of pathophysiological and therapeutic aspects of heart failure, both clinically and experimentally.
Helio Cesar Salgado


NPPNS – Research Support Center in Natural and Synthetic Products
Research Support Center in Natural and Synthetic Products aims to promote scientific bases of phytotherapeutics, through clinical and stability studies, chemical characterization of herbal extracts and the acquisition of specific primary standards, isolation and certification of molecular standards regarding their chemical identity and purity, considering that some of them may even be used to inspire the development of synthetic derivatives.
Coord.: Norberto Peporine Lopes


NuPNE – Neurobiology of Emotions
NuPNE aims to create a multidisciplinary group to study the neurobiology of emotions, encompassing preclinical studies and clinical trials coordinated by different research groups, strengthening their scientific bridges. As a result, it’s expected higher impact factor publications in international journals and the creation of a center for hormones and neurotransmitters analysis associated with all the facilities for immunohisto chemistry and image analysis.
Norberto Cysne Coimbra


SCA – Health of Childern and Adolescents
This Research Center intends to integrate various researches on Child and Adolescent Health, developed in the complex of UC-FMRP-USP in four main areas: Community Health, Neonatology, Chronic and degenerative diseases, and Humanization of children and adolescents care. These projects have common goals and scenarios, and a better interdisciplinary integration can support the creation of a common database to consolidate clinical and epidemiological data obtained.
Luiz Gonzaga Tone


São Carlos Campus

NAP-AMDA – Machine Learning in Data Analysis
NAP-AMDA’s main goal is to establish an internationally recognized interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary center of excellence in the use of Machine Learning (ML) techniques for data analysis in São Paulo, Brazil. The center will also stimulate collaborations with companies and government institutions that have data that can be analyzed by ML techniques.
Coord.: André Carlos Ponce de Leon F. de Carvalho


CIEA_MNB – Center of Instrumentation for Advanced Studies of Nanostructured Materials and Biosystems
CIEA_MNB provides tools for advanced analysis of nanostructured materials and biosystems with special emphasis on sequencing and recombinant enzymes technologies for biomass-to-bioenergy applications and modern biotechnology. The Center is well equipped with modem pirosequencing, high throughput cloning, expression and purification facilities, crystallization robot and X-ray diffractometers. Equipment for full-scale morphological and chemical characterization of biomass, pretreatment and fermentation equipments are also available.
Coord.: Igor Polikarpov


CiTecBio – Center for Research on Science and Technology of BioResources
The creation of a Center for Research in Science and Bioresource Technology aims to promote collaboration between groups from different units and campi focused on bioresources, in order to leverage scientific and technological researches related to the use of plants and other sources of natural origin to produce different chemicals, materials, fuels, energy, amongst other outcomes.
Elisabete Frolinni


CRob – Center for Robotics
Integrates activities in engineering, mathematics and computing for robotics research in: navigation of mobile robots and land vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, robotic handling and multi-robotic systems.
Roseli Aparecida Fracelin Romero


CTMH – Technology Center for Hybrid Materials
Research, development and innovation in hybrid materials including ceramic, metallic, polymeric, organic and biologic materials, from processing to the new properties of the final material.
Antonio Carlos Hernandes


N.ELAC – Language Arts in Architecture and City
The Research Center for Studies on Language in Architecture and the City (N.ELAC) aims to investigate the reciprocal relationships between current issues in language and conceptualization of architecture and the city with an attentive look at the means of representation and their function in the construction of the act of perceiving and the act of designing, defining actions to build (international research network), disseminate (system of specialized reference and research on the topic), and apply (strategies for didactic practices) knowledge, thus establishing an reference center for the topic.
Paulo Cesar Castral


NAP-CeMEAI – Research Center for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
A center for research and innovative applications of mathematics to industry
José Alberto Cuminato


NAPOF – Center for Research in Optics and Photonics
Three research lines: Optics applied to atomic physics (modern aspects of quantic fluids, molecular spectroscopy and atomic clocks); Plasmonics, combining optics with nanostructure for light manipulation; Biophotonics, in which this research is applied to diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Vanderlei S. Bagnato


NAPSoL – Free and Open Source Research Center in Computing
Scientific and technological research to create processes methods and tools for the production of high quality free software.
José Carlos Maldonado


NAPUrb – Research Support Center on Urbanization and Mundialization
With an interdisciplinary approach NAPUrb aims at developing conceptual contributions and innovative analysis about metropolization and urbanization processes and its crisis, particularly in Brazil, from the investigation of the new socio-spatial morphologies of cities and relations with new aspects of urbanization process, at the moment that production and specialization of urban space assumes central importance in the modern world from the point of view of the accumulation – mainly about the businessment forms of the city
Manoel Antonio Lopes Rodrigues Alves


NAQI – Center for Instrumental Chemical Analysis
NAQI is a central instrumentation facility for chemical analyses that will facilitate the advancement of various research projects demanding for essential technology, in diverse areas like energy, health, medicine, environment, materials, chemicals, etc. NAQI can promote: characterization of inorganic compounds and catalysts based on these compounds; characterization of organic molecules; identification of proteins and new bioactive compounds from nature, etc., using high-resolution instrumentation.
Coord.: Emanuel Carrilho


NUGUEL – Research Center for Generation and Utilization of Electrochemical Energy
The Research Center aggregates an interdisciplinary group of scientists and engineers focused on the research, development and applications of fuel cells to generate electric power for portable, vehicular and stationary systems. A main goal of the Center is to encourage the development of human resources in the area and to promote interfaces with the productive sector and the society in general.
Edson Antonio Ticianelli


Q-NANO – Research Support Center in Quantum Nanophysics
The main goal of the Research Support Center Q-NANO is to strengthen the development of theoretical collaborative research among several USP research groups within the wide-scope theme Quantum Nanophysics. This involves frontier-type topics such as Graphene, Topological Insulators, Majorana Fermions, Cold Atoms, Quantum Spintronics, Quantum Computing and Quantum information processing among others. Q-NANO also aims to promote scientific excellence thus increasing the international visibility and impact of the scientific works produced in Brazil.
Jose Carlos Egues de Menezes


NAP-EM – Multiphase Flow Research Center

The goal of NAP-EM is to bring together researchers and engineers from all engineering disciplines related to multiphase flow and from industry, universities and government labs to facilitate cross-disciplinary exchange and promote the transfer of knowledge and new techniques and approaches across fields. The aims are mainly, but not only, enhancement of fluids transport processes, optimization of industrial equipment for the flow of immiscible mixtures and structural stability of pipelines under two-phase flow induced vibration.

Coord.: Oscar Mauricio Hernandez Rodriguez –


São Paulo Campus

Academic Network for Cancer Research Biobank (BioBanco USP)
The Biobank, by gathering considerable amount of human biological samples and associated information, can be considered a tool capable of boosting medical research and modify public health policies by the potential to promote better understanding of diseases, constantly evolving to improve treatment modalities and knowledge about cancer prevention.
Roger Chammas


BioComp – Research Center on Biodiversity and Computing
BioComp aims to provide a forum where research, education and extension activities regarding biodiversity conservation and sustainable use are developed in a multidimensional approach involving Biology, Computing, Engineering, Agriculture, Mathematics, Economics, among other areas of knowledge. To build new knowledge and to apply it to the benefit of society is our ultimate goal.
Antonio Mauro Saraiva


BIOIMAGEM – Center for Technological Innovation in Molecular Imaging Applied to Education and Research in Biomedical Sciences
Imagiology is a novel field of medicine which combines knowledge of different areas to produce scientific and technological systems for morphological and/or functional imaging of live organisms. Researchers of USP and other institutions are assembling a multidisciplinary team to create BIOMAGEM, a center to promote the application and development of innovative molecular imaging technologies for broad-scale interrogation of disease processes, guidance of therapeutic interventions, and the study of comparative physiology and pathology in model organisms.
José Ernesto Belizario


CAIUSP – Center of Analytical Instrumentation
Core facility for chemical analysis and for characterization of advanced materials and nanomaterials
Roberto Manuel Torresi


CALS – Center for Innovation in Sustainable Logistics
Center for Innovation in Sustainable Logistics (CALS) has the mission of becoming a reference and excellence center on innovative solutions for Brazilian challenges involving sustainable logistics and supply chains. Through the generation of relevant knowledge in multidisciplinary projects, it intends to identify and formulate key problems and in the necessary innovations to the sustainable development of our country.
Claudio Barbieri da Cunha


CEFAP – Core Facility for Scientific Research
Research support platforms in: cell culture and confocal multiphotonic microscopy; flow cytometry and cell sorting; genomic and large scale DNA sequencing; and proteomics and mass spectrometry.
Coord.: Carlos F. M. Menck


CELACC – Latin American Research Center of Culture & Communication
CELACC is dedicated to the study of culture and communication within Latin-America: cultural diversity, popular and folk culture, arts, and alternative media.
Dennis de Oliveira


CENO – Center for Ocean and Marine Structures
Engineering research on ocean and naval structures: tridimensional and holographic modeling for stress, thermal, fracture, fatigue, and corrosion analysis of large engineering structures.
Edison Gonçalves


EPED – Studies Center for Disaster Researches
Coordinated by Poli, the Ceped aims to bring together studies that were being conducted on the subject in the USP. There are already other centers of its kind in other states related to federal universities, and the Ceped has the task of structuring the research USP in this area, by adding teachers from different areas related to developing a disaster action.
Hugo Tsugunobu Yoshida Yoshizaki


CERU – Research Center for Rural and Urban Studies l
Sociologic studies on urban and rural populations focusing in development, education, family, migration, and environment.
Mario Antonio Eufrásio


CEsTA – Center for Amerindian Studies
Group dedicated to the questions of Amerindian, including field, documental and archeological research
Marta Rosa Amoroso


CG – Research Center for Genetic Criticism
Dedicated to the analysis of the creative literary process, does not focus on one particular state of the text, but rather in the process by which the text came to be.
Philippe L. M. Ghislain Willemart


CIBA – Ibero-American Center
CIBA seeks to play an important role in the context of the Ibero-American relations, dealing with themes of interest to the current state of relations between the countries of this integration environment. It has a strong academic bias issues facing today, based on research projects led by scientists or non-academic personalities (businessmen, diplomats, NGO leaders, international officials) able to contribute to this activity.
Pedro Bohomoletz de Abreu Dallari


CITI USP – USP Interactive Technologies Instrumentation Center
CITI USP is focused on the research and development of interactive technologies: electronic interactive media and human-computer interaction.
Marcelo Knorich Zuffo


CNAIPS – Center for Natural and Artificial Information Processing Systems
Center for Natural and Artificial Information Processing Systems (CNAIPS-¬USP), that congregates local and foreign researchers, aims to pursue interdisciplinary approaches to theoretical and experimental study of phenomena in the area of information processing in natural or artificial systems, their emergence, characterization and applications.
Nestor Felipe Caticha Alfonso


CPA – Antarctic Research Center
Integrates the research and other Antarctic activities of USP and develops its own Antarctic projects.
Coord: Paulo Roberto dos Santos


CPB – Center for Research in Biotechnology
Biotechnological research in health, agroindustry and environment.
Carlos A. Moreira Filho


CPCE – Clinical and Epidemiological Research Center
Center for Epidemiological and Clinical Research (CPCE) is dedicated to chronic diseases, from strictly scientific perspective to technological solutions along with changes in workflow processes in healthcare. Overall objectives of CPCE are to achieve excellence in chronic disease epidemiology; maximize the use of personnel, facilities and equipment; expand research into new risk factors and biomarkers; increase the quantity and quality of human resources training in clinical research, disseminate knowledge for healthcare assistance and technological innovation
Paulo Andrade Lotufo


Diversitas – Center for the Study of Diversity, Intolerance and Conflict
Diversitas aggregates researchers from different areas of humanities grouped in three fronts: redefinition of conceptual debates on intolerance/tolerance with a new interdisciplinary approach – diversities; development of researches on contemporary conflicts in local, national and international spaces and the need of a new configuration of political and juridical structures able to embrace different legitimacies beyond the limits of constituted law; implementation of studies and researches carried out on Diversitas Post-Graduation Program
Coord.: Antonio Ribeiro de Almeida Júnior


EDEVO-DARWIN – Education, Epistemology and Public Outreach in Biological Evolution
EDEVO-DARWIN aims at bringing together formal and non-formal science educators along with scientists operating in the biological area, in order to create a national reference to guide the intersection between education and biological evolution and continuously train teachers and support school activities. The main objective is to search for ways to improve public understanding of biological evolution, focusing on teaching-learning process, influencing public opinion and education systems based on scientists’ consensus on biological evolution and its importance to education.
Nelio Marco Vincenzo Bizzo


FAEPAH – Physics Applied to the Study of Artistic and Historical Heritage
The Center for Research in Applied Physics to the Study of Artistic and Historical Heritage aims to carry out an interdisciplinary study on physical characterization and analysis of specific segments of the collections sheltered at USP’s museums. The purpose is to develop insightful and effective tools to characterize and study materials, objects, works of art, etc., to multiply their potential for scientific research and to analyze and mitigate their preservation and restoration problems.
Marcia de Almeida Rizzutto


FEM – Interaction of Photons and Electrons with Matter
FEM aims to assemble a group of researchers with complementary interests and expertise from IFUSP and other institutions to investigate problems related to the interaction between radiation and matter. Those subjects reach far beyond purely scientific fields, having applications and implications in areas of social relevance, like dose estimation in oncological treatments, and radiological protection of patients and workers of radiotherapy hospitals and clinics.
Coord.: Vito Roberto Vanin


Geoanalítica-USP is the consolidation of a multi user pool of laboratories for chemical and physical analysis of geological materials. Its purpose is to offer up-to-date analysis of geological materials and from related fields, to provide analytical support to high-level scientific research, to promote human resources development and training, to develop new methods and applications, and to produce and disseminate the knowledge in its field of competence.
Silvio Roberto Farias Vlach


GeoHereditas (NAPGeo) – Center for Research in Geological Heritage and Geotourism
Research in Geological Heritage, Geoconservation, Geotourism, and Environmental Education in order to encourage and to promote debate, dissemination, and extension activities that may generate benefit for the surrounding communities.
Maria da Glória Motta Garcia


IDx&T – Center for the Convergence of the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering for Innovation in Diagnostics & Therapeutics
Convergence of competences in medicine, biomedicine, biochemistry, physiology, physics, engineering for innovation in diagnostic and therapeutic of human diseases.
José Eduardo Krieger


iii-INCT – Institute for Investigation in Immunology
Development of innovative therapeutic approaches based on immunology, unveiling of novel pathogenic mechanisms, design of biopharmaceutical products, animal testing and clinical trials.
Jorge Kalil


LabCosmos – Laboratory for Studies of the Cosmos
LabCosmos aggregates and promotes cooperation between researchers from several areas to foster the development of astronomical instruments, and to analyze data from surveys of the sky that will be carried out with those instruments. LabCosmos also aims to train new talents, to provide infrastructure to support the national and international collaborations in which our members participate, and to propagate the outcomes of the research through talks in science museums, libraries, public schools and civil organizations involved in education, and through support material.
Claudia Lucia Mendes de Oliveira


LUDENS – Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Football and Ludic Modalities
LUDENS aims to bring together researchers committed to the study of games and sports in general, especially football.
Flavio de Campos


MaBiSPM – Characterization of Materials and Biological Systems using Scanning Probe Microscopy
NAP Characterization of Materials and Biological Systems using Scanning Probe Microscopy (MaBiSPM) aims to cover research, education and extension, exploring and expanding the universe of operation modes of a Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) to characterize materials and biological systems. MaBiSPM will also emphasize education and dissemination of techniques associated with SPM through post graduation courses, and regular courses and services using SPM techniques offered to the public outside the university
Maria Cecilia Barbosa da Silveira Salvadori


NAFNA – NAP of Nuclear Physics and its Applications: Instrumentation Center with Accelerators
Instrumentation Center at USP with accelerators that focuses the Basic and Applied Nuclear Physics, an area of great strategic importance for the country.
Manfredo Harri Tabacniks


NP-NAP – New Educational Architectures
New Pedagogical Architectures Research Center (NAP-NAP) aims to support and develop a set of research initiatives and academic publications with interdisciplinary approach, leading to the re-invention of education and the pedagogical processes inherent to all levels and types of education that include new technologies, new interfaces and different languages in the classroom, new forms of interaction between students and teachers in the production of knowledge, impact of social networks in daily processes of formal education, among other subjects
Coord.: Ulisses Ferreira de Araújo


NAP Brasil-Africa – Brazil–Africa Research Group
Research focused on the African continent, its relationship with Brazil and issues related to Black people in Brazil, adopting an interdisciplinary perspective that aims to build new possibilities of knowledge and enhance the academic relations with the broader society.
Paulo Daniel Elias Farah


CORS – Center for Organization Studies
Center for Organization Studies (CORS) was created to contribute to theoretical and empirical development of organizational strategies. The purpose of CORS is to assemble a group of researchers to address the understanding of the rationale underlying strategies of economic organizations, in order to offer innovative propositions for the understanding of economic, social and environmental impacts of these strategies, aiming at the elaboration of proposals for private and public policies in line with current needs of sustainability.
Alexandre Chibebe Nicolella


NAP GEO-SEDex – Geodynamics of Sedimentary Basins for Exploration of Oil, Natural Gas and Groundwater
Research of the exploratory potential for petroleum, gas and underground water of sedimentary basins. Three major lines of research are covered, involving the most updated methodologies in Geology, Geophysics and Oceanography, with support of integrated interpretations.
Wilson Teixeira


NAP Mineração – NAP Small and Responsible Mining Operations
NAP-Min aims to develop a process to convert artisanal mines into small, responsible operations with innovative management approach including resources, quality, environmental, health, safety, social and ethics processes certifications. The project will train students on key operational challenges related to small mining and promote its results at artisanal mining cooperatives. The model which will be developed, once proven, may be replicated to other regions of the country where artisanal mining takes place.
Giorgio Francesco Cesare de Tomi


NAP/Astrobio – Astrobiology Research Center
Research on the origin and evolution of life in Universe, mainly planetary ambient simulations for micro-organisms, extremophiles, exoplanets characterization and theoretical biology.
Jorge Ernesto Horvath


NAPAN – Food and Nutrition Research Center
Multidisciplinary research in food and nutrition for the population health and technological innovation, in a wide spectrum of interests from system biology for the study of bioactive compounds to the economic evaluation and public policies. Applications of nutrigenomics, metabolomics, new physical principles and clinical assays shall be explored to study the relationships between diet/health, functional foods and food safety.
Beatriz Rosana Cordenunsi


NAPBIOP – Diversity and Bioproducts
Support Center for Research on Diversity and Bioproducts (NAP-BIOP) aims to characterize the microbial diversity (bacteria, archaea and fungi) in environments such as soil, plants and freshwater bodies and prospect micro-organisms, genes and metabolic functions with biotechnological potential, as well as proposes to organize a collection of culture and metagenomic DNA fragments, which will be first characterized and further available to other working groups.
Welington Luiz de Araujo


NAP-CAENI – Research Center for South-South Relations
NAP-CAENI studies Brazil’s foreign relations with the other two members of IBSA, India and South Africa, following two main lines of research: the first will focus on identifying the perceptions of Brazilian commercial sectors about the future of South-South relationship; and the second will be dedicated to establish a system to monitor, from a comparative perspective, the positions of the three countries in the most important processes of international negotiations, with particular emphasis on themes related to international trade.
Amâncio Jorge Silva Nunes de Oliveira


NAPCatSinQ – Research Support Center on Catalysis and Chemical Synthesis
Research Center on Catalysis and Chemical Synthesis aims to bring together researches from different areas including physical, inorganic and medicinal chemistry, new materials, nanomaterials, organic synthesis, biochemistry, microbiology, professionals from pharmaceutical companies and specialists in scientific dissemination in order to support the execution of broader projects such as the entire production chain of new drugs production and further technology transfer to private sector, as well as the dissemination of results to general and scientific communities
Alcino Aparecido dos Santos


NAP-NUBIC – Genomic Sciences
A research center for projects in genome sciences and bioinformatics.
Coord.: João Carlos Setubal


NAP – CriAd – Health of Children and Adolescents
The purpose of this Research Center is to gather researchers with multiple and complementary skills to investigate issues that affect children and adolescents based on the concept of full health, according to which biophysical, psychological and social aspects complement and integrate each other with an interdisciplinary approach. The intention is to build effective knowledge and propose public policies to address problems that affect children and adolescents in contemporary world.
Cristina Miuki Abe Jacob


NAP-DISA/USP – Center for Research in Health Law
Univerity of São Paulo`s Center for Research in Health Law promotes interaction between different USP’s colleges, teachers and researchers, in conjunction with other institutions in Brazil and abroad. Core institutional objectives are, among others, to promote researches on topics related to health law and the effectiveness of the right to health in democratic countries, as well as to collaborate with national and international scientific development in the area, in order to deepen and disseminate the right to health and other health law issues in Brazil and abroad.
Sueli Gandolfi Dallari



NAP-FCx – Complex Fluids: physical-chemistry properties, modeling and applications in biology and medicine
Research of physical chemical properties of complex fluids, modeling and applications to biology and medicine, including systems with molecular autoaggregation (liquid crystals, magnetic colloids, micelles, pulmonary surfactants, lipoproteins) and systems not in thermodynamical equilibrium.
Antonio M. Figueiredo Neto


NAPIEC – Innovation in Science Education
NAP Innovation in Science Teaching strives to develop research to support curricular innovations in Science, organized in three main areas: scientific literacy, curriculum content innovations and new digital technologies and innovation in Science teaching. This NAP seeks to generate parameters to build, implement and evaluate innovative learning objects that can be used in formal and informal education situations and make them available to schools, teachers and centers for scientific culture such as science museums, among others.
Mauricio Pietrocola Pinto de Oliveira


INCLINE (NapMC) – Research Center on Climate Changes
Integration of research in climate changes, from atmospheric research to economic impacts, associating researchers from different areas such as mathematics, physics, atmospheric science, oceanography, paleoclimate, education, computing and social sciences. The Center also aims to be connected with government and public policies.
Coord.: Tércio Ambrizzi


NAPMI – Research Support Center for Smart Materials
Research Support Center for Smart Materials aims to integrate research groups from São Paulo and Ribeirão Preto campi to promote a general increase in productivity and in joint studies about smart materials. The Research Center also intends to develop and divulge scientific materials primarily directed to high school teachers and to encourage bi-directional transfer of knowledge and needs between the Center, the academic research community and the private sector.
Susana Ines Cordoba de Torres


NAPMir – MicroRNAS: from Basic Science to Translational Medicine
The creation of the Research Support Center on miRNAs purpose is to integrate research groups in order to promote concerted efforts to accelerate Brazilian scientific knowledge and contribution about MicroRNAs (miRNA).
Edna Teruko Kimura


NAP-MOBIARVE – Bioactive molecules from arthropod vectors
The creation of a Research Support Center on Bioactive Molecules from Arthropod Vectors (NAP-MOBIARVE) will allow the consolidation of different research lines and aims to provide a body of information about molecular mechanisms of interaction of causative vectors of diseases transmitted by hematophagous arthropods with the pathogens they carry, in order to support the development of new tools for vector control and for blocking the pathogen transmission.
Anderson de Sá Nunes


NAP-N&SM – Research Support Center on Neurodevelopment and Mental Health
Research Support Center on Neurodevelopment and Mental Health (NAP-N&SM) integrates research groups from seven units and ten departments at USP campi aiming to create an interdisciplinary research network dedicated to study neurodevelopment and strategies to promote mental health and prevent mental disorders in early infancy. NAP-N&SM also intends to train human resources in neurodevelopment, evidence-based medicine and health-related technology, to assess public policies, and to consolidate a network of researchers specialized in these areas.
Coord.: Guilherme Vanoni Polanczyk


NAPNA – Research Center on Applied Neuroscience
Neurosciences and neuroimaging applied to the understanding, prevention and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Geraldo Busatto Filho


NAP-NN – Nanosciences and Nanotechnology
Research in nanotechnology and nanosciences for the development of nanomaterials, as well as of hybrid or solid-state molecular nanosystems for applications in devices and components, energy, environment and medicine.
Henrique Eisi Toma


NAP-PhotoTech – Research Consortium for Photochemical Technology
Photochemists, photobiologists, theoretical chemists and spectroscopists involved in cooperative studies of the photochemistry and photophysics of natural plant pigments, environmental photochemistry, photopolymerization, photodynamic therapy, chemi- and bioluminescence, and the quantum chemistry, spectroscopy and dynamics of electronically excited states of molecules.
Frank Herbert Quina


NAP-PN – Research Support Center in Molecular Diversity
The overall objective of RSC-NP is to consolidate a network to develop an integrated study on molecular diversity of plants focusing germplasm conservation, ecology, phytochemistry, biosynthesis and evolution.
Massuo Jorge Kato


NAPPS – Research Support Center in the Interface Proteolysis-Cell Signaling
The main goal of Center for Research Support in the Interface Proteolysis-Cell Signaling (NAPPS) is to assemble a team of scientists focused on the functional studies of intracellular peptides. Our team has complementary expertise to map protein interactions and to investigate protein network modulation by intracellular peptides. We are interested in understanding the process of intracellular peptides synthesis and degradation, and to make the necessary correlations between proteolysis and cell signaling. Our team is eager to apply this knowledge to generate innovations in the biomedical field.
Coord.: Emer Suavinho Ferro
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NAP-QCD – Research Support Center on Quantum Chromodynamics
The purpose of the present project is to congregate researchers that work, directly or indirectly, with Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), and create a reference group to develop studies about properties of matter in extreme conditions, and other important aspects of QCD.
Fernando Silveira Navarra


NAPREI – Research Center in Smart Grids
NAPREI purpose is to congregate efforts from different groups and Units of University of São Paulo to promote scientific and technological development of Smart Grids (mostly related to automation, metering, distributed energy resources, telecommunication and information technologies, regulation, sustainability and society), as well as to address related and required regulatory issues and public policies.
Nelson Kagan


NAPSABE – Research Support Center on Ageing
This population-based, multidisciplinary and multi centered study aims to become a reference to researches about elderly people in Brazil and generate knowledge on the causes and effects of multiple morbid conditions of health, functionality and survival. Its results should contribute to the formulation of appropriate public policies to address the fast growing of aging population.
Yeda Aparecida d Oliveira Duarte


NAP-SALIVA – Neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases of salivary glands
This Research Center aims to study salivary neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases, in order to generate knowledge to support science development, education and treatment. The correct understanding of salivary gland biology from their development to changes due to diseases is crucial to create new laboratorial tests and therapies.
Silvia Vanessa Lourenço


NAP-SaMP – Research Support Center on Population Mental Health
Population Mental Health Research Center aims to establish a network of researchers based in two units of University of São Paulo, in collaboration with other institutions, committed to develop interdisciplinary research focused on prevention of the most frequent mental disorders and effective attention to people affected by them. NAP-SAMP shall promote interaction between the various conceptual and methodological approaches to search for effective results with academic and social impact.
Coord.: Paulo Rossi Menezes


NAPSP – São Paulo: City, Space, Memory
This research project congregates professors from different areas driven by two recurrent purposes: to investigate the city as an intellectual challenge that has to be addressed in its whole complexity, and to disseminate the accumulated knowledge about the city of São Paulo inside the university as well as outside it.
Ana Lucia Duarte Lanna


NARA – Research Center for Radio Astronomy
Research interest in astronomy and cosmology by means of the observation in the radio-band of the electromagnetic spectrum, and by developing related tools and technology, including long distance interferometry.
Jacques R. D. Lepine


NAWEB – Research Group on Web Collaborative Environments
NAWEB is a multi-institutional interdisciplinary team – congregating researchers from Computer Science Department (IME), Architecture and Urbanism College (FAU) and School of Arts and Communication (ECA) – focused on researching collaborative Web issues. The group aims to understand the scientific and technological bases of web environments and their cultural and social implications to propose and develop Web-related systems and technologies.
Coord.: Artur Simões Rozestraten


NEAR – New Approaches in Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Applications, Development and Assessment
New models for the rehabilitation of acquired brain injuries, from a multidisciplinary approach, to overcome limitations, improve function and increase autonomy for activities and social integration.
Linamara Rizzo Battistella


NECI – Research Center for Comparative and International Studies
Study of relationships between democracy, social equality, economic development, and the role of emerging countries form a comparative standpoint.
Janina Onuki


NEHiLP – Research Center on Etymology and History of Portuguese Language
Research Center for Etymology and History of Portuguese Language (NEHiLP) aims at the dissemination of Brazilian academic research on Historical Linguistics, Philology and Etymology. With and international staff of experienced researchers, NEHiLP conducts analysis, organization and standardization of linguistic data in order to generate well-qualified information about Etymology and Historical Linguistics of Portuguese Language. The main effort is to publish and affordable, reliable and comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of Portuguese Language.
Mario Eduardo Viaro


NEINB – Interdisciplinary Research Center for Brazilian Black People
The Center of Interdisciplinary Studies and Research about Brazilian Black People from University of São Paulo (NEINB-USP) aims to develop a permanent dialog among faculty and researchers at USP Colleges, other Higher Education Institutions from Brazil and abroad, governments, nongovernmental organizations and civil society that are interested on different aspects of African Diaspora. NEINB-USP promotes academic research, studies and courses about contemporary issues related to diversity, ethnicity, gender, class and social relations in Brazil and in global context.
Ricardo Alexino Ferreira


NETCEM – Nucleus for Cellular and Molecular Studies and Therapy
NETCEM congregates various researchers and laboratories from different Schools and Institutes focused on the development of celular and molecular studies and therapy, including human cells and tissues, genetically modified animal models and cell lines, whole exome and genome analysis, and studies with medium-sized animals, amongst other projects and activities.
Luiz Fernando Onuchic


NEV-USP – Center for the Study of Violence
The aim of this Center is to study the quality of democracy from the perspective of the role that continued violations of human rights, systemic corruption, the presence of organized crime, interpersonal and institutional violence play in the development of a culture of respect for democratic rule of law.
Sérgio Adorno


NISC – Center for Research on Interdisciplinary Studies of Complex Systems
Center for Research on Interdisciplinary Studies of Complex Systems (NISC) aggregates researchers from different areas connected by the use of Complex Systems. Bring together complex empirical databases from social and environmental studies into complex systems framework and the association with research partners who are specialists in public and private management can contribute to the development of decision making tools to be adopted not only in scientific research, but also in public and private sectors.
Camilo Rodrigues Neto


NMMS – Novel Magnetic and Superconducting Materials
The Center for Novel Magnetic and Superconducting Materials (NAP–NMSM) is dedicated to both fundamental and applied science. It is comprised of faculty members belonging to academic Departments of Universidade de São Paulo and is focused on novel magnetic and superconducting materials, including their synthesis and structure as well as their magnetic and electrical properties.
Renato de Figueiredo Jardim


NPV – Vaccine Research Core
Vaccine Research Core (VRC) aims to foster research on vaccines in different units at USP. Its ultimate goal is the union of facilities and human resources currently working at USP to generate knowledge related to innovative vaccine technologies and research on various vaccines not yet available for use in humans. Partnership with institutions such as Fiocruz and Butantã Institute will represent another important goal in order to convert academic knowledge into products with high added value and improvements in human health.
Coord.: Luis Carlos de Souza Ferreira


Numec-MaCLinC – Mathematics, Computation, Language and the Brain
Mathematic research in stochastic modeling and complexity, with a main interest in understanding central problems of linguistics and neurosciences.
Jefferson Antonio Galves


NUPAI – Integrated Autopsy and Imaging Research Center
The starting point of this group research is the autopsy, relating the pathologic finding with imaging obtained before or after death. It includes several tools to perform minimally invasive authopsy, such as post-mortem Angiotomography, computed tomography and ultrasound guided needle biopsies, as well as the conventional autopsy for validation and comparison.
Paulo H. N. Saldiva


NUPAUB – Center for Research of Human Population in Brazilian Wetlands
NUPAUB aims at studying the relationship between human population and wetlands in Brazil and at proposing alternative strategies for the conservation of these valuable habitats by local communities. The Center has undertaken a wide range of research in the various Brazilian eco-regions emphasizing the traditional knowledge of local people about fauna and flora and their management practices.
Sueli Angeli Furlan


NAP-Retrovirus – Research Group on Retroviruses
NAP-Retrovirushas as main purpose to integrate several lines of research and organize processes that can result in improvements in health care of people infected by retroviruses. Moreover, the research group has the goal of preparing professionals to improve research technologies and to care for patients with retroviruses.
Jorge Simão do Rosário Casseb


NAP-FarmaDN aims to aggregate USP multidisciplinary scientific groups and also stregthen the collaborative work between foreign univerisities and pharmaceutical industries in an area of significant deprivation, as the neglected diseases. The purpose is to obtain and identify new leaders biologically active to be used against these diseases, involving drug design, organic synthesis, biotechnology, isolation from natural sources and analytical processes and structural elucidation. All these tools will contribute to transform the search for new molecules in drug candidates.
Terezinha de Jesus Andreoli Pinto

NUPENS – Center for Epidemiological Studies in Health and Nutrition
The Center for Epidemiological Studies in Health and Nutrition (NUPENS-USP) was created to integrate researchers from various departments of USP, to enable interdisciplinary research programs about Public Health Nutrition that will advance knowledge and develop society. Its three main research lines are to develop and test assessment methods for diet, physical activity and nutritional status of populations; epidemiological studies on all forms of malnutrition; and formulation and evaluation of food and nutrition policies, programs and interventions.
Carlos Augusto Monteiro


NUPPREC – Research Center for Carbon Emissions Policy and Regulation
Research Center for Carbon Emission Policy and Regulation (NUPPREC) is a research group at University of São Paulo (USP) with researchers from USP and other institutions. NUPPREC was recently established to support and summarize analysis dealing with reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Drawing on the intersection between economics, energy, environmental analysis, public policy management, and law, NUPPREC members aim to contribute to the debate on carbon emissions policy and regulation.
Coord.: Sérgio Almeida Pacca


NUPPs – Center for Public Policy Research
The Center for Public Policy Research is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the analysis of public policies from the standpoint of the relationship between democratic governance, citizenship and social equity. The researchers examine the formulation, implementation and the efficiency of public policies. The main focus is on the activities of the executive and legislative powers in Brazil.
José Álvaro Moisés


NUPRI – Center for Research on International Relations
The Center for Research on International Relations of Universidade de São Paulo is a multidisciplinary research institution that conducts studies in areas related to international relations such as: Organizations and International Institutions, Security and Defense, Regional Integration, Transnational Actors and Processes, International Economic Policy, International Cooperation and Foreign Policy.
Rafael Antonio Duarte Villa


NUSCEP – Research Center on Cellular Signaling on Host-Pathogen Interaction
The objective of NUSCEP is to congregate an interdisciplinary task force to identify components involved in signaling networks that regulate the process of invasion and development of pathogens with three approaches: characterization of signal transduction pathways and validation of their relevance in the infectious cycle of pathogens in order to identify new control strategies; investigation of the mechanisms by which the immune response is modulated by the pathogen; use of bioinformatics to integrate signaling networks of physiological processes.
Celia Regina da Silva Garcia


NuSom – Research Center on Sonology
NuSom – Research Center on Sonology at Universidade de São Paulo – aims to develop advanced research on Sonology and the interfaces between this area, Music and other art forms, as well as science and technology in general, based on 5 lines of research: Sonology; Interactive Systems Development; Artistic Production; Interdisciplinary Interfaces; Musical Acoustics, Psychoacoustics and Auralization.
Fernando Iazzetta


NUTAU – Center for Research in Technology of Architecture and Urbanism
The main theme around which are the researches concentrated is the sustainability of buildings and urban areas of Brazil, which has been discussed in Seminars International (SI) biennials, promoted and organized by core since 1996.
Coord.: Bruno Roberto Padovano


OBCOM – Observatory for Communication, Freedom of Expression and Censorship
The Observatory for Communication, Freedom of Expression and Censorship aims to develop an in-depth study on freedom of expression and the arts in 21st century. This Research Center is dedicated to identify censorship actions today, to monitor the many forms of censorship and also to try to explain why it is still strong and has the endorsement of sectors of civil society. It also shall manage the creation of a censorship database with records of censorship activity in a trilingual dynamic website (Portuguese, Spanish and English) available to the audience interested on the subject.
Maria Cristina Castilho Costa


OceanoS – Center for Research on Sustainable Ocean
The objective of this Research Center is to promote integration among USP research groups to induce ST&I actions to develop forms to investigate sustainable exploration based on new technologies.
Belmiro Mendes de Castro Filho


OIC – The Observatory of Innovation and Competitiveness
The focus is the innovation process from the point-of-view of the economy, either by research of its own initiative or by articulating partners.
Mario Sergio Salerno


ONCOVET – Veterinary Oncology
The main objective of Research Support Center on Veterinary Oncology is to develop integrative research about this subject, strengthening the already existing collaborations and creating new partnerships, bringing different competences, and generating, as products, scientific publications, education and training of human resources for research and practice in Veterinary Oncology, and increasing the relationship between University and society.
Maria Lucia Zaidan Dagli


PGT/USP – Center for Technology and Sustainable Innovation Policy and Management
The Center of Technology Policy and Management (PGT/USP) congregates a multidisciplinary group from different units of University of São Paulo (FEA, EP, EESC, FM, FEARP) and from Energy and Nuclear Research Institute (IPEN) focused on the development of researches about technological and sustainable innovation policies and management.
Guilherme Ary Plonski


PLAC – Nucleus Research Support Language Production and the Built Environment
Language Production and the Built Environment – was formed with the aim of promoting research on the production and appropriation of urban space, necessarily interdisciplinary theme, but little explored in the early 90s.
Coord.: Eduardo Alberto Cusce Nobre


Redoxoma – Redox Processes in Biomedicine
NAP-Redoxoma mission is to enable a concerted synergic effort to focus on the investigation of key questions in redox biomedicine, at an internationally competitive level. Our research aims to address a mechanism-based approach to the development of effective antioxidant strategies and of biomarkers for oxidative stress.
Paolo Di Mascio


SLCD – Speech and language evaluation in children with communication disorders
SLCD congregates research laboratories in the fields of speech, language and hearing, giving the opportunity for new forms of collaboration between researchers. Its purpose is to promote organization, development and propagation of scientific research activities in the field of speech and language – mediated by the hearing processing – in children with speech and language disorders. It aims to generate relevant scientific knowledge (can transform science and clinical practice) and also subject of interest for general society (cause, onset, prevention and intervention).
Claudia Regina Furquim de Andrade


TIE-US – Research Center on ICU monitoring
The major goal of this project is the fusion of the complementary techniques of EIT and Ultra Sound (US) in a single device to improve the capability of image diagnostic of pulmonary complications and to reduce mortality among ICU patients. The three initial landmarks of the project are: design and development of an integrated EIT/US tomography prototype; research and development of medical applications of the integrated EIT/US tomography; multi-centric statistical investigation addressing the effect of this technology applied to medical emergencies in ICU environment.
Raul Gonzalez Lima


Traje em Cena – Performance Costumes Research Center
Research Center on Performance Costumes studies costumes, stage clothes, scenic costumes used in the most diverse scenic manifestations following two mains axes: analysis of costumes as part of the spectacle and all meanings it acquires as part of theatrical rites; and study of costumes as objects that bear the memory of theatricality and carry hints about the spectacles. The project also aims to develop actions of preventive conservation, cataloguing, policies for the creation of collections and actions to spread knowledge.
Coord.: Fausto Roberto Poço Viana


TRIBES – Surface Engineering and Tribology Research Group
The Center for Tribology and Surface Engineering Research (TRIBES) aims to carry out research activities, with a strong contribution to the increase of knowledge on Physics of Metals, Surface Engineering and Tribology areas, connecting and bringing together different skills to develop scientific and technological knowledge applied to environmental preservation, energy conservation and oil exploration, in order to solve real problems in each of them.
Andre Paulo Tschiptschin


USP-e-Science – eScience Research Center – USP
This proposal is centered on the establishment of an e-Science Research Network at USP (USP-e-Science) capable of lead initiatives for development and diffusion of computational methodologies that can be applied to acquire, maintain and analyze data generated by high throughput platforms in domains like biology and medicine; organize human resources training in this area; and promote generation and diffusion of e-Science technology.
Roberto Marcondes Cesar Junior


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NP-BioMar – Center for Research in Marine Biodiversity
The mission is to promote multidisciplinary fundamental science to support science-based public policies for the preservation of coastal ecosystems, and a sustainable use of marine biodiversity, with emphasis on bioprospection.
Roberto Gomes de Souza Berlinck