The National Council for Scientific and Technological
Development (CNPq) is an agency linked to the Ministry of Science
and Tecnologia (MCT), dedicated to the promotion of scientific and
technological research and to the formation of human resources for
research in the country. Its history is directly linked to the scientific
and technological development of Brazil.
The functional structure of CNPq comprehends an Executive Board
of Directors, responsible for the management of the institution,
and a Deliberative Council, responsible for the institution's policies.
In addition to the participation in these bodies, the Brazilian
scientific and technological community also takes part in the management
of policies by means of the Thematic and Advising Committees.