22/11/2021

Brazilian funding agencies and European Commission sign an Administrative Arrangement to step up cooperation in research and innovation


The European Commission and three Brazilian funding agencies; the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), the Funding Agency for Studies and Projects (FINEP) and the Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies (CONFAP) signed an Administrative Arrangement on the mechanisms to support Brazilian participation in Horizon Europe (2021-2027) collaborative projects, Partnerships and Missions.  This comes under the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the European Community and the Federative Republic of Brazil.

The Administrative Arrangement aims to facilitate the co-funding of Horizon Europe collaborative activities set up by the three Brazilian funding agencies and it establishes the operational steps necessary to support other collaborative activities such as twinning of projects and the launch of coordinated calls, as well as actions to enhance mutual knowledge and awareness.

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel said,

This Arrangement provides an important framework facilitating the participation of Brazil in Horizon Europe. It enables an enhance cooperation in common priority areas, such as the green and digital transitions, global health and innovation

It was signed by Maria Cristina Russo, Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation at DG Research and Innovation, on behalf of the European Commission, and the Presidents of the three Brazilian funding agencies, Prof Evaldo Ferreira Vilela, Gen. Waldemar Barroso Magno Neto and Prof Odir Antônio Dellagostin.

This is of particular importance for the EU and Brazil scientific communities as it facilitates Brazilian participation in Horizon Europe proposals by ensuring funding for successful applicants. The establishment of such a funding mechanism is important, as the programme does not automatically fund partners from industrialised third countries such as Brazil.

The EU-Brazil research and innovation cooperation is fully aligned with the Global Approach to Research and Innovation. It reconfirms bilateral commitment to the global openness needed to drive excellence, pool resources for faster scientific progress and develop vibrant innovation ecosystems.

EU-Brazil - Administrative Arrangement 2021

Background

The ‘Agreement for Scientific and Technological (S&T) Cooperation between the European Community and Brazil’ (signed in 2004, entered into force in 2007 and last renewed until August 2022) is the main framework of the scientific collaboration. The S&T Agreement aims to encourage, develop and facilitate cooperative activities in areas of common interest, based on the principles of mutual benefit, timely exchange of information, reciprocal access to activities and protection of intellectual property rights. The signature of the Administrative Arrangement further strengthens the alliance between the EU and Brazil in science, research and innovation as one of the most solid pillars of bilateral relations, and of the EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership (2007). Under the Horizon 2020 programme, Brazil ranked sixth amongst the most active non-associated third countries and first in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

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Source: European Commission. Image: CONFAP