The Alberto Santos Dumont Association for Research Support (AASDAP) is a private non-profit institution created in April 2004 to manage public and private resources for the implementation of social projects and scientific studies.
Recognized and approved by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice, AASDAP obtained certification as a Civil Society Organization of Public Interest (OSCIP), promoting human and social development.

Promote scientific research and education with the commitment of enabling studies and results that can contribute to social transformation and improvement of society`s quality of life.

Our Vision
Is based on the conception that cutting-edge science can be a powerful agent of social and economic transformation in developing countries such as Brazil.

Our Story

Through the initial idea of neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis, AASDAP was responsible for establishing the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal (IINN-ELS), which was created with the mission of promoting the execution and growth of cutting-edge scientific research so as to contribute to the educational, social, and economic development of Rio Grande do Norte and the entire northeast region of Brazil.

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Front of the first building of the International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal – AASDAP archive/2007


The structure, created over ten years of activity, consists of:
• Three Scientific Education Centers, which offer scientific education to 1,400 young people from public schools per year, with units in Natal and Macaiba, in Rio Grande do Norte, and Serrinha, in Bahia;
• A Health Center for maternal-pediatric care, in operation since 2008, in Macaiba;
• Two Research Centers, one of which operated in Natal from 2005 to 2014, the other operating since 2008 in Macaiba, where studies are developed regarding cerebral functioning and certain specific neurological disorders.

New Paths

In 2014, to guarantee the sustainability of the projects, AASDAP established a Scientific Cooperation Agreement with the Alberto Santos Dumont Education and Research Institute (ISD). This agreement aimed to create and regulate the bases of a program of ample educational and scientific cooperation and exchange. Since then, the ISD has managed these units that were under responsibility of the AASDAP.

The Walk Again Project, InCemaq, and the Scientists of the Future project remain under management of the AASDAP.