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Research development is one of the priorities in the Undergraduate Dance Course within the Art Institute. The primary goal is to offer future dance professionals a differentiated training, where an investigative attitude is based on their own practice in art by means of a reflective process. Beyond that, the research provides an opening for new professional horizons.

The students are encouraged to engage in Art Research through conceiving and developing “Scientific Initiation projects”. These projects are supervised by dance professors/researchers and collaborators from within other departments, faculties and institutes, investing in learning techniques and research methods in the development of artistic research in thought process and inventiveness, which arises as a result of directly encountering research questions in the field, in this case, the dance.

The student who is interested in a Scientific Initiation research project has the opportunity to participate in The Institutional Scientific Initiation Scholarship Program (PIBIC), National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) program, through which the Vice Rector of Research of Unicamp obtains annually a grant for Scientific Initiation Scholarship. On the other hand, the University through the Student Support Services – SAE, grants a share of Research Scholarships that follow the same norms of PIBIC. Besides this program the student, along with their supervisor, can apply for an additional Scientific Initiation Scholarship to the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

From 2005 to 2015, approximately 65 Scientific Initiation projects were developed in the Department of Corporal Arts – DACO. 16 supported by SAE, 27 by PIBIC and 22 by FAPESP.