Brasilia (August 4th) - The Brazilian Minister of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, Marcos Pereira and the UK Minister of Trade and Investment, Mark Price, signed today at the Ministry, in Brasilia, a memorandum for bilateral cooperation in innovation. Soon, MDIC and Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency, will launch a call for Brazilian and British companies financed by Newton Fund, a British fund for scientific development, the BNDES and the Brazilian Company of Industrial Innovation (EMBRAPII). The call will be focused on technology development projects to smart cities and sustainable urban environments, and involves internet of things, big data, smart grids, multimodal transport technologies and traffic control, clean energy, control and use of water and blue-green infrastructure.
"For a number of activities that involve scientific research, how to plan smart cities, and develop clean energy, international collaboration is crucial. With partnerships among the best researchers from Brazil and the United Kingdom, we will be better prepared to face the challenges of the world and improve lives of millions of people", said Lord Price.