Strengthening cooperation in Brazil

The position of Science and Technology Counsellor to Rio de Janeiro is a new area of cooperation between Innovation Norway and The Research Council of Norway.

The objective is a continuous and strengthened R&D collaboration between Norway and Brazil. Therefore the new position is going to be financed in the current year.

“Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country in terms of area and population. Several countries are positioning themselves strategically in regard of future investments in Brazil. Opportunities for Norwegian companies are found in many areas, such as: oil & gas, maritime, renewable energy, marine and aquaculture, ICT, biotechnology and health research – just to mention a few”, said Kristin Danielsen, international director for international staff in The Research Council of Norway.

Building network and identifying opportunities

Innovation Norway is going to administrate the position of Science and Technology Counsellor this year. Today the position is filled by Rune Andersen, senior advisor at Innovation Norway in Rio de Janeiro, and he will continue in the position throughout the year 2015. During the past years, Rune has contributed with his deep knowledge on clusters and research institutions in Brazil and has helped The Research Council to map the Brazilian market as well as cooperation opportunities for Norwegian players within different sectors. In addition to that, Rune has worked to establish contact with relevant Brazilian organizations.

“The position of Research and Technology Envoy to Brazil is important to facilitate increased activity among Norwegian players in Brazil and to identify relevant partners in the country, said Kristin Danielsen.

New call, new opportunities

From 2016, the position will be advertised once more and new applicants will have the opportunity to apply for an inspiring position abroad and to help to strengthen cross-border cooperation between Norway and Brazil.

Showing ways to international cooperation

Brazil is one of RCN’s eight prioritized cooperation partners. The Research Council has developed the so-called “roadmap” for research cooperation in these countries. These documents summarize the status of research collaboration in each of those eight countries and describe – among other things – the research systems as well as the strong and weak sides of the different countries as research nations in relation to Norwegian R&D activities. You find the roadmaps here.

Innovation Norway is responsible for promoting the Norwegian industry abroad. Our office in Rio de Janeiro manages Innovation House Rio, our business incubator office, and helps Norwegian companies in their efforts towards the Brazilian market.

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