In July 7th 2011, Brazil and France signed a Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Cooperation in the Field of Innovation. This Memorandum created the French-Brazilian Innovation Working Group, coordinated by the Secretariat of Innovation of Brazil’s Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade and the Direction Générale des Entreprises at France’s Ministry of Economy, Industry and Digital Sector.
Based on the Memorandum, the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade and the French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Digital Sector signed a Joint Declaration during a visit of Brazilian Minister Mauro Borges to Paris, on May 19 and 20, 2014.
As established in the Joint Declaration, on June 18, 2015, Secretary of Innovation Marcos Vinícius de Souza and Deputy Director of DGE Benjamin Gallezot launched the First Joint Call for Proposals for research, development and innovation projects between companies from both countries.
The Call for Proposals, open until October 30, 2016, invites business to develop and present cooperation proposals in R,D&I that result in the development of new products, processes or services directed to the commercialization in the global and in the domestic markets. The project must demonstrate adequate balance in the participation of the industrial partners from the two countries, with complementarity between the companies and contributions from both sides to the research project.
The initiative foresees funding for the joint R,D&I projects, with resources from Bpifrance on the French side and from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) and from other innovation government agencies on the Brazilian side. The interested companies will receive permanent support by MDIC, in Brazil, and Bpifrance and DGE, in France, in the matchmaking process whether by a tool in the cooperation’s website or by the agenda of missions, meetings and sector conferences.
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