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Tapping into Brazil's innovation potential

New call for innovative project with Brazil.

Joint forces of 10 national and regional agencies to launch a common call – Globalstars - new EUREKA Instrument for internationalisation beyond EUROPE.

With the launch of the fourth Globalstars Call the EUREKA network has provided proof of concept for this new R&D funding instrument. The Global Stars programme was designed and launched in 2016 with the aim to increase internationalisation activities of the EUREKA members and to enable R&D collaboration with countries outside the network. Until now, one call with Chile and two with Argentina have been launched with about 20 projects running. For 2018 alone three Globalstars Calls are open: In addition to Brazil, calls with India and Taiwan are open for submission


Innovation does not end at European borders

Seven funding agencies in Europe (DLR in Germany, FFG in Austria, bpiFrance in France, CDTI in Spain, RVO in the Netherlands, Vlaio in Belgium and SERI in Switzerland) and three Brazilian agencies (FINEP, FAPESP and EMBRAPII) are participating in the recent Globalstars Brazil Call, which will be open for proposals until 31st October.

“The Globalstars instrument with all guidelines ready at hand allows agencies to act fast and flexible. It makes it easy to address agencies beyond the EUREKA network and to launch a common call”, says FFG Managing Director Henrietta Egerth. “We know that innovation doesn’t end at European borders, with Globalstars we can support our customers go global.”

The call is open for all thematic areas; the consortium should include at least one Brazilian and one (profit-oriented, independent) company of another EUREKA member country participating in the call. Participation of research institutes and universities is welcome according to each country’s funding regulations. The project must benefit all involved partners and generate an added value through the technological cooperation between the participants.

“We already have well developed bilateral relationships with European funding agencies, but Globalstars allows us to launch a common call with seven European countries at the same time. We are sure that such a call will have a much broader impact and attract more participants than seven separate calls,“ says Marcos Cintra Cavalcanti de Albuquerque, President of FINEP. “Since we are a member of TAFTIE, the practical experience gained in the Globalstars Call will enrich the current exchange we have with this European network of funding agencies.”


Supporting companies go global

Globalstars is leveraging national efforts towards internationalisation. Within the EUREKA Network, it needs only two countries who invite a new third country and then initiate the call and negotiate the conditions. Other interested countries may simply join the call.  “Especially for smaller countries this procedure may help to address large and global players like Brazil” Bart Candaele CEO VLAIO “and to pave the way for R&D collaboration of industries and SMEs.”  

Many of the participating agencies did not put budgetary limits on this call (FAPESP, EMBRAPII, FFG, bpiFrance, CDTI, SERI, VLAIO) – which means that all applications passing the evaluation criteria can get funding. This is important for the industry, as the industry is the main target group: Globalstars is addressing research and experimental development. 


Double impact of public investments

In compliance with the EUREKA Network best practice, the funding agencies will set up the evaluation process and approve funding to all excellent projects. This structure allows countries to control the funding flow: they can ensure that the public investment will achieve a beneficial impact for taxpayers. At the same time, it doubles the public investment of the individual projects, since all projects are funded by at least two countries.

“It was good to join the Globalstars Call, because we can use established funding programmes for this purpose and support our customers in internationalizing their research partnerships” says Carlos Américo Pacheco CEO FAPESP.  

Globalstars proves the flexibility of the funding agencies, and the EUREKA Network provides the suitable framework for the purpose of increasing international calls and connecting with countries beyond Europe. Under the Spanish chair the “Strategy for EUREKA Internationalisation 2025” was adopted, with the objective to make EUREKA the preferred tool for the European industry to cooperate globally in R&D.

During the mission to Brazil of Vice Minister Mona Keijzer from the Netherlands, she and the Brazilian Minister for Science and Technology Gilberto Kassab expressed the importance of the Globalstars initiative and signed a letter of intent about the cooperation. This visit and many other initiatives of the eight participating countries, will hopefully contribute to good project leads and cooperation partners.