BRASILIA, Brazil - Brazil's Embraer in São José dos Campos and country's federal government have signed an agreement for the development of platforms to demonstrate new aeronautical technologies. The Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos (Finep) agreement - which promotes Brazil's economic and social development through public funding for science, technology and innovation - is focused on sharing the costs and risks inherent in research and development at a low and medium Technology Readiness Level (TRL).
The innovation project, which uses resources from non-reimbursable funding originating from the National Development, Scientific and Technological Funding (FNDCT), is valued at more than $36 million. Complementary resources will come in return from the proposing company, Embraer, as well as from five co-executors: Alltec, Equatorial, Eleb, Motora and TecCer. The contract provides for the development of ground test benches, software, and a remotely operated modular aircraft to carry out tests in real flight conditions, aiming to raise the TRL of these new technologies.
To compose the project, Institutes of Science and Technology will be contracted, such as the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), the Mauá Institute of Technology (IMT), the Institute of Technological Research (IPT) and the School of Engineering of São Carlos, which belongs to the University of São Paulo (USP), further strengthening the relationship between Government, Academia and Industry.
"We are very happy to continue our long-standing partnership with Finep and to be able to contribute to the advancement of technologies and the spillover of knowledge to other sectors of the Brazilian economy, advancing the planet's decarbonization agenda and generating socioeconomic benefits for Brazil, through innovation, science and technology," said Henrique Langenegger, Embraer Chief Engineer.
"The project with Embraer establishes a type of arrangement between the executors that offers great potential for innovation. It is a model to be followed in several areas to solve technological orders led by anchor companies, and one that involves partnerships with companies of various sizes and Institutes of Science and Technology," said the director of Innovation at Finep, Elias Ramos de Souza.