Canada–Brazil 2021-22 collaborative industrial research and development call for proposals

From: National Research Council Canada

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1. Introduction

Working together, the Government of Canada and the Government of Brazil aim to foster and support collaborative industrial research and development (R&D) projects with a high potential for commercialization. This call for proposals is open to organizations from Canada and Brazil who wish to form project consortia to perform collaborative projects focussed on developing innovative products, processes, or technology-based services in all technological and application areas which have strong market potential

2. Application deadlines

June 25, 2021 Canadian registration deadline
July 5, 2021 Canadian expression of interest deadline
September 30, 2021 International consortium project proposal deadline

3. Sectors of focus

Although this call invites proposals related to any technological or market area, priority is being given to artificial intelligence (AI), advanced manufacturing (AM) and Internet of Things (IoT) projects in the following sectors:

4. Eligibility requirements

To be considered for funding, applicants must form a project consortium and develop a collaborative research and development (R&D) project that meets the following criteria:

  1. The project consortium must include at least:
    • 1 incorporated Canadian small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), defined as a for-profit company with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees
    • 1 eligible Brazilian company of any size, which is based and operating in Brazil,and
    • 1 Brazilian research centre accredited as an Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa e Inovação Industrial (EMBRAPII) Unit (please visit the EMBRAPII website for more information on EMBRAPII Units)
  2. The project partners that form the consortium must:
    • be capable of implementing the project including funding their respective share
    • agree in advance on intellectual property rights and a commercialization strategy, and
    • not be related in terms of corporate ownership
  3. The project must focus on co-developing a product, process, or technology-based service that:
    • is highly innovative
    • has significant commercial potential
    • has outcomes that can be realized within 2 years of completion of the project
    • does not involve R&D related to products, processes, or technology-based services with military or non-peaceful applications, and
    • aligns with the expertise of one of the EMBRAPII Units (please visit the EMBRAPII website for more information on EMBRAPII Units)
  4. The project must demonstrate:
    • the unique scientific and technological contribution that each organization brings to the project
    • an obvious advantage and added value for each project partner resulting from the collaboration, such as an increased knowledge base, an access to R&D infrastructure or new fields of application or a solutions for commercial needs, and
    • an adequate balance and significance for all project partners, defined as no more than 70% of the project budget contributed by any one organization or country

In addition to the above eligibility requirements, each applicant must meet their country-specific requirements, outlined below:

5. Funding

Eligible project participants in collaborative projects selected through this call for proposals may receive funding from their respective national funding body. Funds will be provided in accordance with the applicable laws, regulations, rules and procedures established by the relevant national funding body, country, jurisdiction and/or program.

Non-eligible project participants (e.g. universities, research institutes, etc., and participants from other countries) are welcome to participate on a self-funded basis or as sub-contractors to funded participants, according to each country's funding regulations.

Note: One country and/or project partner cannot represent more than 70% of the total project budget.

Additional country-specific funding parameters are outlined below:

6. Application process

Application processes and evaluations will be performed independently by each national funding body in accordance with their national and institutional laws and regulations. Once each national funding body has evaluated the applications received, a final joint project selection will be performed.

Each applicant must submit all required documents to, and meet the due diligence process of, their respective national funding body. Failure at any point or for any reason to do so may cause the entire collaborative project application to be considered incomplete or ineligible and render the entire project consortium ineligible for funding through this call for proposals

Information on respective application processes follows below:

7. Contacts

For questions, concerns, or for more information, please contact the appropriate call for proposals representative listed below:


Ronda Gosselin
Brazil National Program Coordinator for NRC IRAP
National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program


Denise Neddermeyer
EMPBRAPII Program Officer
Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa e Inovação Industrial

8. Registration

To begin the application process, all interested Canadian applicants must register for this opportunity by clicking the Register button below:

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