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22 May 2018

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.

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7 February 2018

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.

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Policy background

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
  • health
  • transport, including aviation
  • nanotechnology
  • 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:

Other agreements & arrangements:


  • 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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European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Luis Samaniego
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Luis Samaniego

Delegation of the European Union to Brazil
Alejandro Zurita Centelles
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