São Paulo – Canada Cooperation in Industrial Research and Innovation Projects


Under the framework of the agreement signed between the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the parties agree to promote and facilitate bilateral research and innovation projects between companies from the State of São Paulo, the Federative Republic of Brazil and from Canada. Industrial Research and Development Projects should demonstrate the technological and mutually beneficial contribution of the participants from both countries as well as address specific market needs or challenges and demonstrate high industrial relevance and commercial potential.

1. Eligibility

Proposals must be collaboratively prepared and submitted by companies in Canada and in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, according to the following eligibility criteria:

a) Canada:

  • Be incorporated, profit-oriented small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, incorporated in Canada;

  • Be ready to collaborate with the Sao Paulo partner on an industrial R&D project;

  • Be intended to grow and generate profits through the development and commercialization of innovative, technology-driven, new or improved products, services, or processes.

b) São Paulo, Brazil:

  • Researchers associated to a small business (less than 250 employees) established in the State of Sao Paulo.

  • Be ready to collaborate with the Canadian partner on an industrial R&D project;

Proposals submitted to FAPESP must follow the rules of FAPESP’s Small Business Innovative Research (PIPE), except if explicitly indicated in this CFP

2. Common Requirements

The joint R&D project should aim at the development of products/processes leading to commercialization in the global market or in Brazil. Additionally, the proposals must demonstrate all of the following requirements:

a) The products/processes to be developed must be highly innovative and with significant commercial potential.

b) The partners in Canada and in São Paulo, Brazil, must agree in advance on an IP rights agreement and on a commercialization strategy for the product or process.

c) The partners in Canada and in São Paulo, Brazil, must be capable of implementing the project and funding their respective share.

d) The project should demonstrate the scientific and technological contribution of the participants from both countries.

e) The project must demonstrate adequate balance among the participants and significance to both partners.

3. Funding Value and Matching Funds

Selected R&D projects will be eligible to receive funding from the Government of Canada’s Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) and FAPESP in the State of Sao Paulo. CIIP is managed in Canada by Global Affairs Canada in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

Funds will be provided in accordance with the national laws, rules, regulations and procedures established by each organization, and/or each jurisdiction/country. Although the individual type and value of individual contributions allocated to a R&D project may vary, one country cannot represent more than 70% of the total project budget..

FAPESP and NRC-IRAP will jointly select up to 10 proposals, according to the norms, conditions and funding limits of each of the Parties, as presented at item 3.1 to FAPESP and item 3.2 to NRC-IRAP.

3.1 Funding for R&D Project Participants in the State of Sao Paulo

a) FAPESP will fund projects under the terms, conditions and funding limits of the FAPESP’s Small Business Innovative Research– Phase 2 in the State of Sao Paulo.

b) Funding to be granted is for Principal Investigators associated to Small Businesses.

c) Under this call, FAPESP will not fund fellowships for the Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigators.

3.2 Funding for R&D Project Participants in Canada

a) Canada will fund projects under the terms, conditions and funding limits of CIIP.

b) Canadian SMEs may receive up to 50% of their part of eligible project costs through NRC-IRAP.

4. Submission of proposals

a) The bilateral cooperation form must be signed by the partners from São Paulo, Brazil and from Canada and submitted to FAPESP and NRC-IRAP (within the deadline of the Call) .

b) Applicants from Canada must register no later than October 6, 2017 by submitting the Company Profile Document (available from your NRC-IRAP Lead ITA). Please email the completed document to Andrew.Bauder@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca and c/c your IRAP Lead ITA. If not already an NRC-IRAP client, applicants should contact the NRC-IRAP office (1-877-994-4727) to get a Lead ITA assigned. The bilateral cooperation form will be provided upon determination of client eligibility per CIIP guidelines based upon the information provided in the Company Profile Document. Registration will also facilitate matchmaking and partnership development with Brazilian companies in advance of the application submission.

c) Applicants from the State of Sao Paulo are required to submit a proposal containing the items described at the SAGe System, according to the instructions of Annex I

The list of documents that must be submitted is available at the SAGE System. The proposal must be submitted in English.

5. Evaluation and selection of the projects

a) FAPESP in São Paulo and NRC-IRAP in Canada will carry out independent evaluations of each joint R&D proposal in accordance with their National/Institutional Laws and Regulations.

b) A proposal will be considered selected under this agreement if both FAPESP and NRC-IRAP jointly decide to approve it.

6. Publication of the Results

The partners from São Paulo, Brazil, and from Canada whose proposals have been selected will be informed of the result and the amount of funding by their respective implementing organization.

7. Schedule



Release of R&D Call for Proposals:

September 5, 2017

Deadline for Canadian applicants to register by submitting a Company Profile Form

October 6, 2017

Full Application Deadline

December 8, 2017

Notification of Successful Proposals, from

April 20, 2018

Executed Grant Agreements and starting of the projects, from

May 22, 2018

8. Information Contact

São Paulo
Patrícia Pereira Tedeschi

Andrew Bauder
Tel: 1-905-849-7441 
710 Dorval, Suite 505
Oakville, Ontario
L6K 3V7