EU – Brazil renewed cooperation on research and innovation
The delegations at the 9th EU – Brazil Joint Steering Committee meeting
The ninth meeting of the Joint Steering Committee of the "EU-Brazil Cooperation Agreement on Science and Technology" took place in Brasília, on 30 April 2019. The Brazilian delegation was led by ambassador Achilles Zaluar, Director of the Department for Technology Promotion of the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs and counted with presence of the Brazilian Ministry for Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC), as well as other Brazilian Ministries and agencies. The EU delegation was led by Ms Signe Ratso, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission. Several representatives from the European Commission participated at the meeting, including via a video-conference connection.
During the meeting, it was acknowledged that the EU Research &Innovation (R&I) Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, has been a central vehicle for cooperation and its successor, Horizon Europe, which will start in 2021, was welcomed. In this sence, the flagship initiatives published in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 targeting cooperation with Brazil were positively acknowledged also in view of engaging and better preparing for a robust collaboration under Horizon Europe.
Both sides agreed to continue to join forces to tackle global challenges, increase the impact of research and promote new breakthroughs in the following key areas: agriculture and sustainable food; information and communications technologies; oceans; water resources; aviation; science with and for society; energy; innovation and startups; smart specialization; sustainable urbanization; health and mobility. The two sides also shared perspectives on new areas of cooperation, such as: research infrastructures; science education; artificial intelligence, data science, big data, and high performance computing; greenhouse gas inventory; nanosafety, Open Science and Evidence-based policy-making.
New mechanisms to support EU – Brazil cooperation in research and innovation
Professor Mário Neto, Cristina Russo, Commissioner Moedas, Professor Zaira Turchi and Professor Marcos Cintra (left to right) at the Signing ceremony of the Administrative Arrangement
The European Commission, the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, the Brazilian Funding Agency for Studies and Projects and the Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies signed today an administrative arrangement on mechanisms to support EU-Brazil cooperation activities in research and innovation.
The administrative arrangement makes it possible for co-funding of Brazilian participation in Horizon 2020 –the EU's framework programme for Research and Innovation–, extending to the entire country the current co-funding that was only available in eight Brazilian States. It also outlines the necessary operational steps for launching coordinated calls and for twinning of projects in areas of common interest.
In force since 2007, the EU and Brazil Science & Technology Agreement has led to intensive collaboration activities in research and innovation with more than 350 common projects. Main areas for cooperation include marine research, information and communication technologies, health, transport and environmental research.
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
- Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa e ao Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico do Maranhão (FAPEMA)
- 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.
- All Atlantic Ocean R&I Alliance
- 10 years of EU – Brazil cooperation
- EC Delegation in Brazil
- Horizon 2020
- Available local support for
- Success Stories
- Related projects
- Funding and tender opportunities
- National Contact Points
- Euraxess Brazil – Researchers in motion
- Brazil – country analysis
- Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC)
- The World Bank social and economic data on Brazil
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