Brazil - Innovation Agents

Much of the development of innovation in Brazil occurs in technology parks, with support from governments, institutions of higher and technical education and private companies. Other organizations focused on industrial production and services also contribute to innovative action in the country. Check out some successful initiatives below.

Senai Institutes of Innovation (ISI)
The National Service of Industrial Apprenticeship (Senai) foresees the implantation of 26 Senai Institutes of Innovation (ISIs), in 13 Brazilian states in order to stimulate  the integrated development of products, processes, applied research, the solution of complex problems and the anticipation of technological trends, which contributes to increase the productivity and competitiveness of the Brazilian industry. Of the total number of institutes, 15 were already operating  in 2015 with 122 contracted projects. The ISIs are directed towards 26 areas of knowledge, among them: production, microelectronics, micromanufacturing, surface engineering and photonics, materials and components, communication and information technology, construction technology, as well as energy and defense.

Brazilian Company for Industrial Research and Innovation (Embrapii)
Embrapii has as its mission, to support scientific and technological research institutions, public or private, in selected areas of competence, so that they may carry out development projects of technological research for innovation, in cooperation with companies from the industrial sector. The organization has, as its focus, the demands of companies and, as its target, the sharing of risk in the pre-competitive phase of innovation. The aim is to stimulate industries based in Brazil to innovate more in order to enhance the competitive strength of companies in both the domestic and international markets.

Technology Parks
Brazil has got 28 technology parks in operation, according to a survey by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) released in 2013. Another 28 were in the process of implantation and 38 in the project stage. Of the 94 enterprises analyzed, 78,7% are located in the South and Southeast regions.

National Knowledge Platforms Program
In 2014, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) launched the National Knowledge Platforms Program (PNPC), with the objective of articulating scientific and technological sectors with companies. The platforms will be structured by the logic of problem-solving, guided by the demand of Brazil’s strategic interests. They should generate knowledge, products and processes with high impact on science, on people’s lives and on the country.