The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) was established in 1985 and its main responsibilities include: national policy on scientific and technological research and innovation; the planning, coordination, supervision and control of national scientific and technological activities; policies for developing information technology and automation; national policy on biosecurity; strategic foresight study development ; nuclear policy and control of exports of sensitive goods and services, and space research policy.
With the incorporation of the two most important agencies for encouraging research in Brazil - the Financing Body for Studies and Projects (FINEP) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and their research units - MCTI now leads the National Policy on Science, Technology and Innovation and aims to turn the sector into a strategic component of Brazil’s economic and social development, helping to ensure that the benefits are distributed equitably throughout society.
The MCTI system also includes the National Space Research Institute (INPE), the Centre for Management and Strategic Studies; the National Committee for Nuclear Energy; the Brazilian Space Agency; 19 research units in the area of science, technology and innovation, and four state enterprises: Brazilian Nuclear Industries (INB); Nuclebrás Heavy Equipment (Nuclep); Alcântara Cyclone Space (ACS) and the Centre of Excellence in Advanced Electronic Technology (Ceitec).
By means of this group of institutions, MCTI carries out its strategic research and development functions to produce knowledge, new technologies and innovations as well as create Brazilian products, processes, management and patents.
PSI and MCTI are currently working on an R&D collaboration to support the Centro de Monitoramento e Alertas de Desastres Naturais (CEMADEN) – a new national institution established by the Federal Government of Brazil (under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation) for the monitoring and early warning of natural disasters.
For more information on MCTI’s activities, visit its web site