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– Innovation Systems, Strategies and Policy –

InSySPo is a project that belongs to São Paulo Excellece Chair (SPEC) programme funded by FAPESP. The project aims at: (i) reinforcing research excellence on innovation policy and management at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP); (ii) further internationalizing the work of Department of Science and Technology Policy; and (iii) placing UNICAMP among the top ranking academic units in the field on a global scale.

The project has four areas of concentration:

– systems of innovation,
– programme and policy appraisal and evaluation,
– strategic partnerships and networks, and
– knowledge-based entrepreneurship

Doctoral and post-doctoral training is a core part of the project with several positions to be announced in its duration (see annoucements in the sidebar on the left). All these positions are international aiming at attracting to UNICAMP strong talent from all over Brazil and abroad. The programme promotes academic research, publications in refereed journals and books, grant and contract work, executive training, seminars and workshops, and public engagement in the form of advising to both governments and the private sector thus extending the already significant engagement of UNICAMP with both sectors. The InSySPo project will also organize five international workshops and two conferences during its first five years.

The emphasis on internationalization underscores the strong interest of the SPEC programme to engage in research collaboration with foreign entities, including research organizations as well as the private sector. The InSySPo project is especially interested in making connections to the developed world including the United States, the European Union, East and South-East Asian countries like Japan, Korea, and Singapore, as well as Australia and New Zealand. Moreover, the programme is very much interested in engaging with emerging economies – BRIICS and beyond. Traditionally strong ties with academic institutions in Latin American countries will be reinforced.

The programme aspires to engage in global research and has the capability to leverage international funding with resources from the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) or from national organizations such as CNPq.