FGV creates Center for Science Applied to Public Security (FGV CCAS) with support of FAPESP
A proposal by Fundação Getulio Vargas to create the Center for Science Applied to Public Security (FGV CCAS) has just been approved by the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). The initiative is a partnership between FGV, the Sao Paulo State Public Security Secretariat, (SSP-SP), the Inter-American Development Bank and the University of Sao Paulo.
The main objective of the new study center is to generate contributions to solve issues related to public security, one of Brazil’s biggest socioeconomic challenges. The center’s design was coordinated by FGV researchers and it involved other leading researchers at partner institutions. The center’s mission is to create a research framework that accelerates the use of data and artificial intelligence tools for decision making in the area of public security, providing technical infrastructure and articulation between essential actors in the sector, in order to stimulate the development of evidence-based evaluation tools and public policies.
FGV CCAS will be opened as part of a FAPESP project. The center will be based at Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Sao Paulo School of Business Administration (FGV EAESP) and it will be supported by professors at FGV’s School of Applied Mathematics (FGV EMAp), Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (FGV EBAPE) and Sao Paulo Law School, as well as the University of Sao Paulo and SSP-SP. FGV CCAS will have an International Advisory Council, made up of researchers at institutions recognized worldwide for their research and innovation activities in the area of public security.
FAPESP’s support for the creation of the new center is one of the outcomes of Science for Development, an initiative launched in 2019 to support research geared at solving challenges in the state of Sao Paulo in areas such as health, public security, food and agriculture, and economic development. FAPESP will invest a total of R$88 million in 12 projects, run by research consortia composed of university researchers, state secretariats, public and private sector research institutions in Brazil and other countries, and companies. According to Carlos Américo Pacheco, FAPESP’s CEO, the public tender to select these projects was aligned with the guidelines of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which have entered the agenda of research funding agencies in recent years. Luiz Eugênio Mello, FAPESP’s scientific director, said, “Mission-oriented research is a path to inclusive and sustainable economic development.”
FGV’s main researchers involved in the center’s creation are João Luiz Becker (FGV EAESP), Joana Monteiro (FGV EBAPE and FGV EAESP), Ciro Biderman (FGV EAESP) and Eduardo de Rezende Francisco (FGV EAESP). The center’s core team also includes Colonel Celso Luiz Pinheiro, the strategic project monitoring undersecretary at SSP-SP; Joyce Luziara Correa, a technical advisor to SSP-SP; Leandro Piquet, a researcher at the University of Sao Paulo; and Roberto Cardoso, a researcher at Scipopulis Desenvolvimento e Análise de Dados.