The program, which exists since 1992, is supported by funds from Unicamp and from the Brazilian federal research agency CNPq. Currently (2010) about 1,000 students are supported each year through these funds. Coupled to the independent program of the state research agency FAPESP, which provides about 500 other scholarships each year, this ensures that approximately 10% of the students are engaged in formal supervised research activities in all areas while doing their undergraduate studies. At least a quarter of these students go on to pursue graduate studies, highlighting the nurturing role played by this program, perhaps unique in the whole world.