Fostering and support
Ranked 13th among countries producing the largest volume of scientific output in the world, Brazil is now reaping the benefits of investing in the sector.
With the help of the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Level Personnel (Capes) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), R$ 2.4 million a year is invested in Brazil's scientific journals.
Scientific societies and publishers also get financial support for publications, in addition to investment in scholarships for students. Brazil increased the number of articles published in specialized international journals by 56% from 2007 to 2008, ahead of nations with established scientific communities. In 1981, for example, Brazil was responsible for 0.44% of these published studies.
Brazil's growth rate in scientific paper writing is 8% a year, while the worldwide average is 2%. In Brazil, scientific production focuses much of its effort on agricultural research and the natural sciences.
Specialization among teachers
The number of master’s and doctoral students - who are responsible for the bulk of scientific production in Brazil - is ten times greater than it was 20 years ago. The Ministry of Education expects to close the period between 2005 and 2010 with 17,000 new doctors teaching at universities in Brazil.
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