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Our Mission

To provide scientific, economic and social development by the (efficient and effective) viability of legal and executive support.

Our Values

Ethics and respect, transparency, agility, dedication to the society.

Our Vision

To be recognized as a capable, an agile and a flexible partner for the viability of activities regarding research, education and extension in the areas of agricultural, environmental and applied social sciences.

Supporter of Knowledge-Developing Partnerships

Since 1976, the Foundation for Agrarian Studies Luiz de Queiroz (FEALQ) enables professors and research groups of University of São Paulo (USP), mainly active on agribusiness, to sign contracts with any other sectors of Brazilian and/or foreign society. From the companies’ point of view, government entities and other institutions, FEALQ is a gateway to the formal relationship with professors and researchers USP. Nowadays, FEALQ manages projects from Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ/USP) and Center for Nuclear Energy at Agriculture (CENA/USP) – both in Piracicaba, São Paulo state – and Faculty of Animal Science and Food Engineering (FZEA/USP) in Pirassununga, São Paulo state.

FEALQ is a private non-profit foundation, signatory of the Cooperation Agreement with University of São Paulo, which regulates the administrative and financial management of projects developed between USP members and public and private institutions, national or foreign. Its structure also allows acting as project manager exclusively from private companies.

FEALQ partners receive legal, administrative, financial and occupational support for the conduction of their works – researches, events or courses (classroom ones or distance learning).

Continuous investments have enabled the Foundation to act closer and closer to its partners. The support can be initiated at the elaboration of draft contracts. Administrative and legal teams are available to participate from the terms agreement with the external partner (public or private) to the full officialization of the contract with the competent bodies of the University of São Paulo, or with private institutions.

In the following stages, FEALQ team provides financial management and gives support to the personnel hiring and material purchasing necessary for the development of works, besides conducting payments and issuing invoices.

The financial information is managed via SAP software, and soon it will be available to the coordinators via “Portal do Coordenador”, which will allow them to keep track of the resources regarding their projects.

FEALQ also takes care of the resources transfer from projects to Departments and to USP instances (Rectory, Unit Executive and/or Department Board).

In parallel to the management of several projects, FEALQ takes action in book publishing authored by researchers. It also edits the Brazilian Journal of Agriculture (Revista de Agricultura), one of the first scientific journals in Brazil.

Taking in account the demand of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the necessity of resources for the conduction of cultural and sport activities that benefit the community, FEALQ supports five categories at the Incentive Programs. It is also a supporter of start-ups focused on the innovation in the agribusiness.


In 2000, FEALQ received the donation of Figueira Farm, located in Londrina city, State of Paraná, Brazil, made in a will by Alexandre von Pritzelwitz, a former student from ESALQ. In accordance with the donor’s desire, the property became an experimental station and it is managed by a commission of professors from the ESALQ’s Animal Science Department and it must be self-sustainable. Its 3,686 hectares have been used for research, extension and education. The experiments have been conducted by USP’s researchers and also from other universities, supported by public and private resources. The main objective of Figueira Farm is the generation of information and validation of technologies and/or productive designs that can provide higher profitability to beef cattle producers. Further information: Figueira Farm


FEALQ’s governance structure is composed by a Board of Trustees, a Board of Audition and a Board of Directors. In accordance with the Foundation Statute, the Board of Trustees is formed by seven members responsible for electing all the participants. The Board of Audition, an organ for internal control, has three members. The participant of one instance is not able to participate in the others. For all boards, the mandate lasts four years, with partial renovation every two years and without possibility of reelection in the subsequent mandate. The Board of Directors has a President Director and two more directors with a three-year mandate.


In 2019, the Board of Audition approved the Term of Compliance, which, in short, provides the implementation of all legal rules and vigilance in order to avoid corruption practices and any kind of discrimination. Aiming to regulate its Compliance policies, FEALQ created a committee, which is responsible for following up any manifestation of direct and third party employees regarding these questions.


All its taxes activity, including the Figueira Farm management, is audited by the Court of Audition of the State of São Paulo (TCE-SP, free translation), by the Public Ministry, by Foundations Prosecutor, by USP itself and yet by an independent company hired by FEALQ. More information: Portal da Transparência.