Regional Innovation Systems in the State of Pernambuco (Brazil)

December 1, 2016 to November 30, 2017
12 months

RIS3 - Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation  have been promoted in regions of the European Union as a way of creating capacities, strengthening ‘regional innovation systems’ and increasing ‘related variety’ among economic activities. The present pilot project is one of the first attempts to apply this theoretical-methodological framework in the preparation of a strategy outside the European space, in this case in the Pernambuco state (Brazil). This state has witnessed a remarkable evolution in S&T and innovation, but it encompasses subregions with different levels of socio-economic development, creating tensions and challenges for the definition of a smart specialisation strategy that satisfactorily promotes scientific excellence, competitiveness, cohesion and territorial equity.


- Analysis of the regional resources of S&T and innovation in Pernambuco
- Identification of key players and their functions in the regional innovation system.
- Study of knowledge and innovation needs in two selected sectors (Textile and Automotive IT).
- Orientation of the regional debate and generation of consensus through processes of ‘entrepreneurial discovery’ on the vision and priorities for RIS3.
- Suggestion of programs and actions to support regional innovation.


MI - Ministério da Integração Nacional (Brasil), SECTI / PE - Secretaria de Estado da Ciência Tecnologia e Inovação do Estado de Pernambuco, CGEE - Centro de Estudos Estratégicos e Gestão de Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação

Carla Nogueira
Chiara Carrozza
Hugo Pinto (coord)
João Tolda
José Reis
Raphael D'Emery
Tiago Santos Pereira
entrepreneurial discovery, smart specialisation, pernambuco, ris3, regional innovation system, related variety
Funding Entity
European Commission