Highlights cooperation EU-Brazil

European Union external action.  Brasil Flag

Responsible EU body: EEAS

International Cooperation framework for Research and Innovation.  
Responsible European Commission service: DG RTD.

Regional Policy Dialogue.
Responsible European Commission service: DG REGIO.

Science and Technology joint agreement. 
Responsible European Commission service:  DG JRC.

EU-Brazil business dialogues.
Responsible European Commission service: DG GROW.

On-going projects

International Urban Cooperation: The region to region exchange programme will enable Latin American countries and regions to cooperate with counterparts in the EU in order to promote innovation, competitiveness and new opportunities for their citizens. 
Main topic: Region-to-region cooperation on innovation for local and regional development
Targeted countries/regions: Regions of Mexico, Colombia, Chile,
Brazil, Peru and Argentina
Cooperation with EU: YES, with 18 EU regions
Donor: EEAS, Partnership Instrument
Monitoring: DG REGIO
Duration: July 2017 - Dec 2019

Sectorial Dialogues EU-Brazil: The objective of this project is the formulation of a smart specialisation method adapted to Brazil,  in consideration to be adopted both for the establishment of national as well as regional and local development policies. 
Main topic: customisation of the EU S3 concept to the Brazilian innovation policy landscape
Targeted countries/regions: Brazil, regions of Parà, Pernambuco and Paranà
Cooperation with EU: YES, with 3 EU regions
Donor: Sectorial Dialogues EU - Brazil
Leader: Instituto Brasileiro de Informaçao em Ciencia e Tecnologia (IBICT)
Duration: Nov 2017 - Nov 2018

INCOBRA: The objective of this project is to increase and enhance
Research & Innovation (R&I) Cooperation Activities between Brazil (BR) and European Union (EU) R&I actors
Main topic: R&I cooperation in areas of agro-food, marine research, energy, nanotechnology and ICT. Networking, partnerships and joint projects EU-Brazil
Targeted countries/regions: EU - Brazil
Cooperation with EU: YES
Donor: H2020
Leader: SPI Portugal
Duration: Feb 2016 - Ju 2018 
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Kick-Off event of the Sectorial Dialogues project: 
customisation of S3 concept in Brazil (Brasilia, 2017) 

Support of the Smart Specialisation Platform

Aiming at facilitating close cooperation with EU regions, the Smart Specialisation platform supports technically and methodologically strategic initiatives leading to implement the smart specialisation concept in non-EU countries. An open call to non-EU regions and countries is available.

More concretelly, the support of the S3 Platform to the implementation and adaptation of the S3 concept in Brazil is linked to the following activities: 

  • Methodological contribution in peer-to-peer between Latin-American and EU practitioners of S3 
  • Methodological support in the customisation process of S3 
  • Facilitating exchanges and contacts among S3 practitioners and stakeholders
  • Attendance of S3 Platform experts to workshops and conferences (Depending on availability)
  • Co-development of policy analysis
  • Dissemination and communication activities in several channels 
  • Membership to the S3 Platform 
  • Newsletter information 

Open call

OPEN CALL to Non-EU Countries & Regions: registration in the S3 Platform. Expressions of interest for becoming member of the S3 platform can be fulfilled here.  This call targets public authorities in charge of innovation and competitiveness policies at national and sub-national level.

Latest news

News article |
Launching study: Smart Specialisation in Latin America

The objective of this event is twofold: first, it will allow presenting the main findings of the research study: "Smart Specialisation in Latin America" which has been conducted to analyse how policy makers and other territorial actors in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Argentina are...


Smart Specialisation Conference in Latin America
  How to use place-based innovation policies to build sustainable and inclusive growth in Latin America? This event presented key findings on the development and adaptation of the Smart Specialisation policy concept in selected LatAm countries and regions. It discussed main challenges, lessons...
Smart Specialisation in EU and Latin America
The S3 Platform organises the discussion panel: "Smart Specialisation in Latin America and the EU, Regional Challenges, Transcontinental Opportunities" in the framework of next Latin American Studies Association congress (Barcelona, 2018). The session will showcase examples of smart...
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Inovação e Especialização Regional na América Latina

O conceito de Especialização Inteligente, atualmente aplicado na União Europeia, está a ser acompanhado de perto por vários países e regiões da América Latina. O interesse nesta abordagem, baseada no reforço das capacidades de inovação regional, está a incentivar uma reflexão territorial,...

Belen Barroeta, Javier Gómez Prieto, Jonatan Paton, Manuel Palazuelos, Marcelino Cabrera Giráldez
RIO Country Report Brazil 2015

The RIO International Country Report for Brazil analyses and assesses the Brazilian research and innovation system, including the main challenges, framework conditions, regional R&I systems, and international co-operation, including with DG JRC.

Laura Maragna