Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso (FGF) and Caixa de Crédito Agrícola, aware that the recognition of research and development activities in various scientific areas constitutes a stimulus for the progression of knowledge in themes essential for the improvement of science and/or quality of human life, and that institutional cooperation is an added value for the promotion and advancement of scientific knowledge, technological development and innovation, they established a protocol among themselves for the attribution of the Scientific Merit Award from the University of the Azores.

The University of the Azores Scientific Merit Award, worth €2,500 (two thousand and five hundred euros), sponsored entirely by Caixa de Crédito Agrícola, aims to distinguish, recognize, and promote the scientific work of members of the University of the Azores (UAc) community. ), assuming a driving role for a culture of excellence in research in all scientific fields.