FAQs

  • Is the Program accredited by MEC/CAPES?

A: Yes, the program was accredited in June 2015. It is graded 4 (four) by CAPES.

 

  • Who is promoting the program: UFSC or FORTEC? In other words: which institution will grant my diploma?

A: The course is an initiative of the National Forum of Innovation and Technology Transfer Managers (FORTEC), which brought together the 12 participating educational institutions. Academic procedures such as enrollment and diploma issuance are the responsibility of the participating universities, called “Focal Points”. The institution chosen by the applicant will issue the diploma

 

  • Where will the classes be held?

A: Courses will be held on campus at each University/Focal Point.

 

  • –This is a professional master’s degree program, which by definition differs from the academic master’s degree. Is it for this reason that no thesis proposal is required for application? Will there be a thesis requirement for obtaining the master’s degree?

A: PROFNIT is a professional master’s degree program because it aims to equip its students for the immediate application of knowledge within the scope of the Technology Innovation Centers (NITs) or any other academic, governmental, third sector or business sectors related to intellectual property and technology transfer. The selection process is well reported in the call for applications and consists of only two steps: a 40 multiple-choice questions test (eliminatory) and a curriculum vitae analysis. No project proposals will be requested. The definition of the topic of the final paper will be done in agreement with the supervisors after enrollment in the program, through a workshop with students and faculty members. Obtaining the master’s degree is conditioned on the elaboration, defense and approval of a master’s thesis or an equivalent final paper. The content of this paper will be defined by the student and the supervisor and will be validated by the National Academic Committee until the 2nd semester of the program.

 

  • I would like to clarify a question concerning the CV analysis scores. If I understood correctly, the test will be worth 40 points and the CV analysis will be worth 200 points. Is that right? Does the CV analysis really have all that weight in the final score?

A: The PROFNIT National Admission Exam consists of two tests, the knowledge test (which is eliminatory) and the curriculum vitae analysis (which is qualifying). Thus, all applicants who score higher than the passing score and have the highest grades, up to three times the number of places, will be considered approved and go to the second phase. The second phase, which consists of the CV analysis, has only a qualifying character, but will interfere in the applicant’s final score. Out of three applicants that go to the second phase, only one will be considered APPROVED AND QUALIFIED in the selection process and will be called for admission.

As regards the question:

1-The first test will be multiple choice (40 questions with  five answer choices). This test has a total weight equal to 1.0 (one point). Once you score the 40 questions you will get a 10.00 mark. If you score 30 questions, you will get a 7.50 mark and so on.

2-The second test also has a total weight of 1.0 (one point). It is divided into three distinct groups of scores, with a maximum score of 50 in Group 1, worth 100% of the weight of this group (weight 2). In Group 2, those who obtain 35 points will have 100% of the scores for weight 5. In Group 3, the applicant who obtains 60 points will have 100% of the scores for weight 3. Note that if any applicant has more scores than expected in each of the groups, the excess scores will not be considered. Only the limit score of each group will be considered for the final result.

So, for example, consider that an applicant had the following scores:

Written test: 9.0

Curriculum vitae: Group 1 – 40 points / Group 2 – 35 points / Group 3 – 20 points

The following calculation will be made:

Weight of the written test = 1, therefore it is worth the 9.0 score.

Curriculum Vitae:

Group 1: 40/50 = 80% x weight 2 = 1.6

Group 2: 35/35 = 100% x weight 5 = 5.0

Group 3: 20/60 = 33.33% x weight 3 = 1.0

Total sum of groups: 1.6 + 5.0 + 1.0 = 7.6

Applicant’s total score: 9.0 (written test, weight 1) + 7.6 (CV, weight) = 16.6 / 2 = 8.3

If this score corresponds to the top third, the applicant will be considered APPROVED and QUALIFIED and will be called for admission.

 

  • I would like to know more about the PROFNIT language test.

A: The PROFNIT National Admission Examination does not include any foreign language proficiency test. However, once admitted, students must prove proficiency or take tests according to the rules of each Focal Point Institution. These procedures will be informed upon enrollment.

 

  • The call for applications says that the identity document must be within the expiry date, but my identity card does not show any expiry date. Should I get a new identity?

A: If the document has no expiration date, it can be considered valid, as long as it is legible and the photograph allows the recognition of the card holder.

 

  • I would like to know how an educational institution becomes a PROFNIT focal point.

A: PROFNIT expands its activities through national calls for applications for the accreditation of new faculty members and institutions. Once the call is published, the participating institutions are expected to have a qualified doctoral degree-holding faculty, with scientific and technological production compatible with what is required for the area and level of the program, and training courses in IP & TT.

 

  • How to prove certain experiences such as “professional work directly related to the area of ​​intellectual property, technology transfer and innovation”?

A: If you have worked in any company, government agency or equivalent, it is sufficient to present a copy of the employment contract indicating your position. In the case of an autonomous professional activity, you should present proof of services rendered to clients, copies of processes, or equivalents.

 

  • The call for applications states that I must present institutional or business statements. I worked in innovation projects, but how can I prove that the projects I worked in were innovative? What information must be contained in this statement for it to be accepted?

A: The statements should contain the project execution deadlines, its full name, funders, coordinators, function performed, etc.

 

  • About trademark filing/registration or software registration, as inventor/author/developer: I participate in a project in which the trademark was registered by my colleague but I am a developer/programmer of the project, how can I prove this?

A: The programming/developing activity in a project does not characterize the specific Intellectual Property activity (trademark protection, in this case), so this item will not be scored for this aspect. Only those activities which are directly related to IP & TT or Innovation will be computed.

 

  • About the cores for article or book chapter publication in journals in the area of ​​intellectual property, technology transfer and innovation (indexed journals – 10 points per publication; non-indexed journals – 5 points per publication), with copy of the first page of the published paper: in the case of a book, what should be considered the first page? In one of my publications, as there were several authors, my name is not on the cover or first page, but on the page dedicated to authors.

A: In this case, to score the item, send the copies of the book cover, CIP data, table of contents and chapter in which your name is listed as author.