FGV wins 2023 Capes Elsevier Award in category Health and Well-Being

Award acknowledges research institutions who most contributed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations (UN)

Fundação Getulio Vargas was the winning institution of the 2023 Capes Elsevier Award in the category ODS 3 - Health and Well-Being. The award aims to acknowledge research institutions with the most impacting publications regarding the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals include a series of global actions to end poverty and protect the environment.

The ceremony for the 5th edition of the Capes Elsevier Award was held on December 05th at the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel in Brasília. The event was simultaneous to the celebration of the 23 years of Capes’s portal of Journals, which promoted the VI Seminar: Consolidating paths - the Portal of Journals and the scientific communication for Brazil.

FGV projects with the theme of Health and Well-Being

Among the units of the Fundação Getulio Vargas who stood out for their scientific productions in Health and Well-Being are the School of Applied Mathematics (FGV EMAp), with 25 publications, the São Paulo School of Business Administration (FGV EAESP), with 15 publications and the School of Public Policies and Government (FGV EPPG), in Brasília, with 9 publications on the theme.

Among the publications by FGV EMAp, two studies connected to the theme of SDG 3 were selected as FGV’s Research Highlights in 2023:  Machine learning prediction of side effects for drugs in clinical trials and Machine learning and network medicine approaches for drug repositioning for COVID-19. The first one developed a mathematical model capable of estimating the side effects of drugs on the human body, whereas the second developed a model specific to drugs used to treat Covid-19.

Another research project connected to SDG 3 which was considered a Research Highlight of FGV in 2023 was developed by FGV EPPG.  The results of this research include an estimated increase of 23% in admissions for respiratory disease and 21% for circulatory disease, associated to wildfires in Brazil. To achieve such results, the study crossed satellite data on wildfires and information from DataSUS. A series of research on the theme originated the Center for Environment and Public Health Studies (FGVcemasp), which aims to assess the impacts of environmental factors on human health, thus contributing to evidence and support the creation of environmental and health public policies.

Aiming to contribute to the elaboration of strategies to eliminate hepatitis B and C, FGV EAESP developed a study which assessed the use of dried blood spot (DBS) test to detect hepatitis viral markers. This assessment came to the conclusion that the DBS test is a useful tool to diagnose and study the prevalence of hepatitis B and C among key communities. The results from the study may help to promote prevention and treatment for those diseases. Learn more about this project.

The director of Research and Innovation at FGV, Goret Paulo, congratulates Capes and Elsevier for the award initiative, which encourages researchers to develop studies and contribute to achieving UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. “Specifically to Fundação Getulio Vargas, it is a great honor to be acknowledged for developing research which collaborated to achieving the SDG 3: The health and well-being of the population. We greatly thank and congratulate our researchers for having developed research which impacted the Sustainable Development Goals,” she says.

Institutions selected

According to Ana Luisa Maia, account manager at Elsevier, “the Award seeks to celebrate scientific institutions who contribute to the progress of science in Brazil and highlight those with the most relevance among SDGs, thus increasing international visibility on Brazilian scientific research”.

In addition to FGV, 12 other Brazilian institutions were acknowledged for their most impacting contributions to the other SDGs.

Check the full list of institutions who won the 2023 Capes Elsevier Award

SDG 1 - No poverty 
               Winner: Federal University of Santa Maria
SDG 2 - Zero hunger and sustainable agriculture
               Winner: National Institute for Space Research
SDG 3 - Health and well-being
               Winner: Fundação Getulio Vargas
SDG 4 - Quality education 
               Winner: Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
SDG 5 - Gender equality
               Winner: Federal University of Ouro Preto
SDG 6 - Clean water and sanitation
               Winner: Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
SDG 7 - Affordable and clean energy
               Winner: National Institute for Research in the Amazon
SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth
               Winner: National Institute for Space Research
SDG 9 - Infrastructure Innovation
               Winner: Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities
               Winner: Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre
SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities
               Winner: Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul
SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production
               Winner: Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
SDG 13 - Action against world climate change
               Winner: Federal University of Itajubá
SDG 14 - Life below water
               Winner: Federal University of Goiás
SDG 15 - Life on land
               Winner: National Institute for Space Research
SDG 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions
               Winner: Brazilian Company for Agricultural Research

Special Mention – Federal University of Sergipe, for standing out in SDG 1 - No poverty, SDG 3 - Health and well-being, SDG 5 - Gender equality, SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities, SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production, SDG 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions, in Northeastern Brazil.