Support for research

The state of São Paulo has some of the best research and development facilities in Latin America and has attracted a large number of companies due to the growing weight of innovation as a decisive differential in global markets. Among the chief attractions are its renowned higher education facilities and an important network of research institutions. The Government of the State of São Paulo is responsible for 19 research institutes operating in various fields, particularly agriculture, health and industrial technology.

Between 2011 and 2012, researchers in the state published 44,000 scientific articles in journals registered in the Web of Science. This figure is higher than that of any Latin American country, except Brazil as a whole. The number of researchers per million inhabitants in the state is 1,274, while in Brazil as a whole it is 692. The figure for São Paulo is higher than for several sizeable countries in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Besides this, out of the 374 patents granted by the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) in 2011, 193 are from São Paulo, or 52% of the total amount.

São Paulo’s scientific and technological complexity and importance can also be seen in the high volume of investment in research and development (R&D). In 2010, São Paulo’s investment in R&D came to 1.64% of the state’s GDP, as against 1.13% for the country as a whole. In international terms, the percentage of investment in São Paulo is higher than that of such countries as Spain, Italy and Russia, and approaches the rates for China and Canada. São Paulo’s goal is to increase this expenditure to 2.3% of its GDP by 2020, approaching the figures for the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries.

An important part of the state’s resources comes from the São Paulo State Foundation for Research Support (FAPESP), which promotes research, interchange and the dissemination of science and technology production in São Paulo. FAPESP is a model institution- in its field of activity.

More info: 
FAPESP - São Paulo Research Foundation (link)