Looking to 2017, Embrapii forecasts growth of 9% in innovation projects, compared to the previous year. This percentage represents an injection of about R$160 million in some of Brazil’s most important innovation projects. This estimate arises from the increased number of Embrapii Units this year and the interest of companies that have seen, in the organization’s business model, an investment opportunity for increasing the competitiveness of their businesses.
In 2016, on the other hand, the amount invested by the companies was greater than that of the other partners: 45%. According to this model, Embrapii invests up to 1/3 of the total value of the project, while the remaining amounts are divided between the company and the Unit. Last year, the electrical and electronic industry led the ranking of segments the most invested in Embrapii projects (25.7%), followed by metallurgy (16.7%) and mechanics (11.5%). This result shows the continuance of the trend obtained by the Innovation Study (PINTEC) 2014, produced by the IBGE, which indicated the electrical sector as having the highest percentage of companies that performed R&D activities throughout the period (91.9%).
After a pilot phase with three accredited technological research institutions, Embrapii has defined 13 lines of priority action, accrediting for each one, a research institution of excellence in the area. According to the Master Plan of the institution (2014-2019), it aims to accredit 30 institutions until 2019.
The 27 areas of Embrapii’s involvement include optical communication, embedded electronics, submarine engineering, polymers, biomass processing, and pipeline technology, among other sectors.
See Embrapii’s site for all of the lines of involvement and accredited institutions.
On March 17, 2017, Embrapii announced a series of partnerships and public calls that will inject more than R$100 million into the economy for innovation resources. The calls include one for accreditation of new technology institutes, an unprecedented one with the SENAI Institutes of Innovation (ISI), an agreement with SEBRAE intended solely for micro and small enterprises, and another with CAPES/CNPq/IEL, which is focused on taking advantage of the knowledge of Brazilian researchers in the development of Embrapii projects, via the payment of scholarships.
Public Call 01/2017 will be in benefit of Federal education, science, and technology institutes (IF) that are connected to the Ministry of Education (MEC). The objective is to select up to three more institutes that will join the three Embrapii IF Hubs that are already active, which unite the productive and academic sectors. Financing of up to R$3 million in Embrapii funds will be provided for each accredited hub. The second Public Call (02/2017) is destined exclusively for the SENAI Institutes of Innovation (ISI). Financing of up to R$15 million will be provided per accredited ISI. Up to five institutes will be selected. Embrapii already has two accredited SENAI institutes: SENAI Cimatec, in the State of Bahia, and SENAI Polymers, in the State of Rio Grande do Sul.
With SEBRAE, Embrapii signed an agreement for R$20 million, which is focused on developing RD&I projects for individual micro entrepreneurs (MEI) and for micro and small enterprises (MPE). The institution will provide the resources to ensure the service to small businesses. It is estimated that with this agreement, some 200 micro and small enterprises will be served.