The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (PPGCF/UFRGS), created in 1970 only as an academic Master’s course and accredited by the Federal Education Board in 1973, pioneered the field of drug and medicine investigation in Brazil.
The tradition of international collaboration that gave rise to the Program remains up to this date through collaborative agreements with several American, Latin American, and European Universities. PPGCF/UFRGS also maintains national collaboration projects with other state and federal Brazilian universities, especially through projects developed by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) and by the National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq).

In recent years, the partnership with the private pharmaceutical sector has been consolidated with the manufacture of hi-tech products (Johnson & Johnson Brazil, Biolab-Sanus, Fundação Ezequiel Dias – FUNED), in addition to partnerships with public institutions, such as the National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), Ministry of Health, and National Health Fund, contributing to the autonomy of the national pharmaceutical industry.
The tradition of international collaboration of the Program has enabled the graduate students to undertake research internships abroad, being the sandwich doctorate modality common in European countries like Germany, England, France and Spain, as well as in American countries such as Argentina, United States of America and Uruguay. The doctorate course in co-tutorship with French universities viewing to obtain doctoral degrees recognized by both countries is a reality and has been already conducted with different Universities (Rouen, Picardie Jules Verne, Rennes 1 and Paris-Sud 11). Students exchange also occurs at the national level, and masters and doctoral students undertake training in various educational and research Institutions in Brazil. Besides sending its students to internship, the PPGCF/UFRGS also receives students from other educational institutions in the country and from graduate programs of Institutions abroad, through its permanent advisors.

All national and international collaborations and those with the productive sector result from the qualification of the Program’s professors, who have a nonendogenous scientific background which is widely renowned in the country. Currently, the Program has a staff of 39 professors, 30 on a permanent status. The output of scientific papers by the Program’s permanent professors has increased a great deal in the past years.