Innovation Policies of Brazil
Final rept. Aug 2012-Sep 2013
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This report examines the political, economic, demographic, and other factors that are brought to bear on Brazil s industrial and innovation policies. The analysis explores Brazil s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to show that both governance and socio-economic factors play an important role in determining how well a country is able to use its endowments to create a strong national innovation system. Recent policies suggest the government and private sector leaders in Brazil are transitioning from technology and commercialization-driven research and development RD toward more ambitious, long-term, and transformational science, with emphasis in energy efficiency, space and defense technologies, and high-energy physics. Increasing the government s long-term technology agnostic investments in basic science RD, raising the standards of universities, and emphasizing global collaborations will go a long way toward realizing Brazil s vision for a knowledge-based economy, but only if paired with an increased tolerance for risk taking.
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