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Swiss research and innovation promotion agencies strengthen collaboration with Brazil under the Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation between the two countries

2019-11-08 14:08:03
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Quelle: Swiss Federal Council

Bern, 08.11.2019 - The Joint Committee on Cooperation in Science and Technology met yesterday, for the fourth time, in Brasilia, writes the Swiss Federal Council.

In this context, a symposium was organised to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation signed with Brazil in 2009. Two memorandums of understanding were signed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and Innosuisse with their Brazilian counterparts to step up cooperation in the fields of research and innovation. The Swiss delegation, comprising representatives from funding agencies and academia and headed by Ambassador Mauro Moruzzi, was welcomed by senior representatives of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC) and the main Brazilian research and innovation funding agencies.

The meeting took stock of collaboration efforts and reviewed the proposed activities of the Action Plan 2018-2020. Both parties welcomed the launch of a joint call for projects between the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and its Brazilian counterpart, the CNPq. The Joint Committee took note of the twelve projects selected in this context by a panel of experts, which will have a budget of up to CHF 250,000 per project.Innosuisse – the Swiss Innovation Agency – and its Brazilian counterpart, EMBRAPII, will promote research and development projects by offering instruments to higher education institutions and companies in both countries.

This is the second agreement signed by Innosuisse with a foreign partner. Expanding cooperation with innovation agencies in partner countries is one of Innosuisse’s strategic objectives, according to its CEO, Annalise Eggimann.

The agreement signed with the Brazilian agency stems from a desire to foster collaboration on innovation between Switzerland and Brazil, one of the world’s largest economies.Brazil is the leading partner country for Swiss researchers in Latin America. In order to help strengthen cooperation between the two countries, Switzerland has since 2014 been able to count on swissnex, which operates in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

In addition, the University of St Gallen, the leading house for cooperation with Latin America, has developed funding instruments to support research projects. swissnex and the leading house are jointly organising Academia-Industry Training (AIT), an intensive training programme on entrepreneurship for promising young Swiss and Brazilian scientists, which is also sponsored by the MCTIC.

The Swiss delegation had the opportunity to attend part of the AIT programme, which is being held this week in Rio de Janeiro..

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