What it is
The Brazilian Company for Research and Industrial Innovation – EMBRAPII (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa e Inovação Industrial) works in cooperation with scientific and technological research institutions, and focuses on business demands, sharing risk in the pre-competitive phase of innovation.
Its objective is to overcome the barrier of high risk in innovation investments in Brazil. Therefore, it supports private initiative with significant financial injections for the development of technological projects.
In order to have access to the incentive, companies need to develop the projects with the research units accredited to EMBRAPII, which are currently found in all regions of Brazil.
In 2013, the association was qualified by the Federal Public Power as a Social Organization, and it is managed by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC), and the Ministry of Education (MEC).
How it works
Once the research institution is accredited, EMBRAPII Units and EMBRAPII IF Hubs are ready to develop RD&I projects with the companies. With a unique infrastructure in Latin America, CSEM Brasil is accredited with expertise in Printed Electronics, allowing the development of high value-added innovations, new technologies, and the use of technologies already developed, such as the organic solar panels (OPV), in which it is a world reference, and ceramic microsystems.
The institution’s funding complies with the following general rule: EMBRAPII can invest up to 1/3 of the expenditures of the Units with RD&I projects with companies, while the rest is split between the partner company and the Unit.
By sharing project risks with companies – by splitting costs – the industrial sector is encouraged to innovate more and with greater technological intensity, in order to boost the competitive strength of companies in both domestic and international markets.
Get to know CSEM’s Action Plan
To become a Unit, the institution’s action plan is evaluated. It has to state the number of contracts that will be made during the period of six years, how much will be raised as resource and by how many companies, and for that, how much the research center will need from EMBRAPII. In the case of CSEM Brasil, projects are in the area of Printed Electronics.
With countless possibilities, in addition to features in terms of applicability, scalability and low- cost potential, Printed Electronics has revolutionized the electronic components market. CSEM Brasil specializes in electronic circuit printing techniques on a micro and Nano metric scale, and it is capable of developing projects in the areas of organic electronics, flexible electronic circuits, ceramic microsystems, printed batteries and supercapacitors, among many others.
CSEM Brasil’s organic solar panels, for instance, are printed on a plastic substrate (PET) by using the roll-to-roll printing technique, in a continuous process, at low temperatures, highly scalable and involving organic materials abundant in the nature – which ultimately reduces the environmental impact and production costs. In addition to being lightweight, flexible, transparent, sustainable and with great appeal in terms of design, it is expected to cost 30 times less than the current cost of traditional silicon panels..
Who can use it
– Companies that belong to the industrial sector (according to the National Classification of Economic Activities – CNAE) and that produce in Brazil.
– Companies that do not belong to the industrial sector provided that there is financial and/or technical participation in the project of a company, from the industrial sector, that produces in the Country.
– Companies in the electricity sector.