EU – BRAZIL renewed cooperation on research and innovation
European and Brazilian delegation at the 8th EU – Brazil Joint Steering Committee meeting
The eighth EU – Brazil Joint Steering Committee meeting took place in Brussels, on 29 November 2017. The meeting marked the tenth anniversary of the entry in force of the EU – Brazil Science & Technology Agreement that both parties have agreed to renew for 5 more years until 2022.
The large and high level Brazilian delegation was led by H.E. Benedicto Fonseca Filho, Director of the Department of Science and Technology of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The delegation of the European Commission (EC) was chaired by Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation of the Directorate General for Research & Innovation.
The importance of EU – Brazil cooperation in research and innovation was highlighted and both sides agreed on the need to continuously improve framework conditions for cooperation. In this sense, the EC and Brazil agreed to work on mechanisms to support cooperation and to involve all relevant Brazilian actors, at federal and State level, in these discussions. Also, Brazil announced the appointment of two National Contact Points for Health. This appointment was welcome by the EC as another step towards greater support to the research communities of both sides.
Main areas for cooperation like marine research, health, information and communication technologies and nanotechnology, among others, were discussed. It was also agreed to enhance the research policy dialogue in transport, in particular aviation, as well as to start policy dialogues in environmental research (that already counts with several common activities) and space research.
EU , Brazil & South Africa enhance cooperation in Marine Research
Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa, European Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Gilberto Kassab, Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications of Brazil (L-R)
The European Union, Brazil and South Africa signed today the Belem Statement on Atlantic Research and Innovation Cooperation.
This Initiative will improve the scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems and the links between oceans and climate change, food and energy systems, as well as the dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean and its interconnected circulation systems from Antarctica to the Arctic.
This Statement is building on previous bilateral Declarations of Intent on Marine Research and Innovation Cooperation signed by the EU with Brazil and South Africa, and the development of the South-South Framework for Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the South and Tropical Atlantic and Southern Ocean. It will also help to closely link research activities in the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean with those in the North Atlantic, and explore synergies with other initiatives.
The European Union (EU) and Brazil established diplomatic relations in 1960 building on close historical, cultural, economic and political ties. The Strategic Partnership, established in 2007, is the base for current relations.
Signed on 19/1/2004 the Bilateral Agreement for scientific and technological (S&T) cooperation between the European Community and the Federative Republic of Brazil came into force on 7/8/2007. The objective of the agreement is to encourage, develop and facilitate cooperative activities in areas of common interest by carrying out and supporting scientific and technological research and development activities. The Joint Steering Committee is responsible for the management of the agreement and meets regularly.
The main areas of scientific cooperation are:
- marine research
- transport, including aviation
- sustainable urbanisation
- renewable energy
- information and communication technologies (ICT)
Other areas include cooperation with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, environmental research and space cooperation.
The EU Research Programmes have been the main instrument for cooperation. Brazil ranked sixth among the International Partner Countries in terms of participation in FP7, with 171 signed contracts. In Horizon 2020, up to December 2017, Brazil ranks fourth in number of participations.
In Horizon 2020, Brazilian entities are no longer automatically eligible for funding and must, therefore, determine the sources of funding and resources for their part of the project.
Existing co-funding mechanisms in Brazil
Different funding schemes are being set up in different Brazilian states through the existing Research Foundations in each state to fund Brazilian participation in Horizon 2020 collaborative projects.
The first scheme was established by the Research Foundation of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) in 2015. Following this, the National Council of Research Foundations has led a coordinated effort among the other research foundations in Brazilian States to follow the example of FAPESP.
As a result, co-funding schemes for Brazilian researchers are available in the following states:
- Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo - FAPESP
- Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa e Inovação do Estado de Santa Catarina- FAPESC
- Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Goiás - FAPEG
- Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais - FAPEMIG
- Fundação de amparo à Pesquisa do Distrito Federal - FAPDF
- Fundação Araucária de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico do Estado do Paraná - FAPPR
- Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa e Inovação de Espírito Santo
- Fundação de Apoio ao desenvolvimento do Ensino, Ciência e Tecnologia do Estado de Mato Grosso do Sul - FUNDECT
- Conselho Nacional das Fundações Estaduais de Amparo à Pesquisa - CONFAP
Other agreements & arrangements:
- Signed on 13 July 2017 between the EU, Brazil and South Africa, the "Belém Statement on Atlantic Research & Innovation Cooperation" will enhance further collaboration scientific efforts in the Atlantic Ocean. It aims to improve the scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems and the links between oceans and climate change, food and energy systems, as well as the dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean and its interconnected circulation systems from Antarctica to the Arctic. The statement is building on previous bilateral Declarations of Intent on Marine Research and Innovation Cooperation signed by the European Commission with Brazil and South Africa, and the development of the South-South Framework for Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the South and Tropical Atlantic and Southern Ocean. It will also help to closely link research activities in the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean with those in the North Atlantic, and explore synergies with other initiatives.
- Signed on 13/10/2016, the Implementing arrangement between the European Commission and the Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies – CONFAP allows for Brazilian scientists to join research teams funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Brazilian researchers will be able to undertake short or long term research visits, and collaborate with ERC-funded teams, working across Europe.
- Signed on 27/11/2009, the Agreement for cooperation (CA) between the European Atomic Energy Community and the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil in the field of fusion energy research entered into force in January 2013. The CA main objective is to intensify cooperation between the Parties in the areas covered by their respective fusion programs, on the basis of mutual benefit and overall reciprocity, in order to advance in developing fusion energy as future sustainable energy source.
- Signed on 24/1/2013 in Brasilia, the Cooperation Arrangement between the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) intends to strengthen and further structure scientific and other cooperative activities in the areas of disaster prevention and crisis management; climate change and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystem services; energy, including bioenergy and smart grids; food security; bio-economy; information and communication technologies (ICT), as well as nanotechnologies.
- DG Education and Culture and CAPES (Coordination for Improvement of High Level Education - Ministry of Education of Brazil) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July 2007, focusing on academic exchanges, the creation of an Institute of European Studies, and policy dialogue. A Joint Declaration on Education and Training was signed on May 2009.
- CEBRABIC (2017-2020)
Funded under Horizon 2020, CEBRABIC is the Centre for Europe-Brazil Business & Innovation Cooperation, working to enhance cooperation in research, technology and entrepreneurship between Europe and Brazil.
The Centre provides support services and technology-related services, thanks to an extensive network of regional innovation hubs and external service providers. Focusing on knowledge-intensive sectors, CEBRABIC aims to stimulate collaborative research-to-market projects, to create research and business opportunities for European organisations in the Brazilian market and to prompt the demand for European technology services in Brazil.
- INCOBRA (2016-2019)
Increasing International Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation between Brazil and the European Union – INCOBRA is an EU funded aimed at encouraging bilateral cooperation between R&I actors in Brazil (BR) and the European Union (EU), fostering collaboration and implementing activities agreed within the BR-EU Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation. Over 36 months, various activities will take place to identify main trends, help with coordination of funding opportunities, matchmaking of companies and institutions, to network and make alliances, and to support alignment of EU-BR agendas.
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