Brazil in Numbers
Science and Technology
A challenge for the future
The new Industrial, Technological and Foreign Exchange Policy elects innovation as the basis to increase the country’s economic efficiency and competitiveness in the international market. Four sectors are considered strategic: software; drugs and medicines; semiconductors and microelectronics; and capital goods, essential for conquering and preserving markets.
Direct investment in research and development (R&D) in 2010 reached R$ 44.4 billion, an actual increase of 75% when compared to 2000. This value represents 1.25% of the overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP), being 0.66% from government resources and 0.59% from private companies.
Scientific publications in 2009
32,100 works published
Patent applications in 2009
497 Brazilian applications for patents abroad
Patents granted in 2009
Number of Masters scholarships in 2009
27,192 masters scholarships granted by Capes (Coordination of Higher Education Development) and 10,129 granted by CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development
Number of doctoral scholarships in 2009
17,873 doctoral scholarships granted by Capes (Coordination of Higher Education Development) and 8,710 granted by CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development