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Mission oriented innovation in the science policy debate with WTT and CNI

WTT and CNI organized, on April 16th, in Brasilia, a debate that brought together representatives from industry, academia, government, and civil society, as part of the preparatory path for the 5th National Conference on Science, Technology, and Innovation, which will take place in June to develop the strategy of the national scientific policy for the next decade.

Mission-Oriented Innovation is an approach that puts science at the service of sustainable development. In this perspective, three factors are essential: direction towards ambitious social and economic goals; collaboration among different actors and disciplines; and clarity in goals and deadlines.

It was from this context that CNI and WTT built the conference “Mission-Oriented Innovation: Contributions to the Construction of the New Brazilian Technological and Innovation Policy” to discuss empirical experiences of this approach and present concrete recommendations to the 5th National Conference on Science, Technology, and Innovation.

The opening of the meeting counted with the presence of Jefferson Gomes, Director of Technology and Innovation of CNI; Andre Wongtschowski, Director of Innovation of WTT; and Guila Calheiros, Secretary of Technological Development and Innovation of MCTI.

“Innovation Oriented by Missions: what, why, and for what” was the first morning debate with the participation of Inácio Arruda (Secretary of Science and Technology for Social Development of MCTI), Mariano Laplane (Coordinator of the International Hub for Sustainable Development), and Francilene Garcia (Vice-President of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science), Andre Wongtschowski, and moderation by Fábio Guedes Gomes (Executive Secretary of the Initiative for Science and Technology in Parliament).

In addition to the fundamentals and relevance of the approach, the importance of monitoring the impact and diagnosing missions to effectively respond to national vulnerabilities and ensure concrete progress was also highlighted at the table.

“That is the main point: we need to, when looking at a missions agenda, also look at a governance agenda that does not suffer from the seasonality of Brazilian politics,” highlighted Francilene Garcia.

The second panel of the day focused on the learnings from Brazilian initiatives for the national Missions agenda, presenting practical experiences of projects and agencies. To speak on the topic, Verena Hitner (Executive Secretary of the National Council for Industrial Development), Marília Basseti (Coordinator in the Economic Analysis and Data Management Department of Embrapii), José Roque (Director of the National Research Center in Energy and Materials), and Marcelo Knobel (Unicamp) were present, with moderation by Rafael Lucchesi (Director of Industrial Development and Economy of CNI).

“The opportunity presented today is exceptional: we are living in a moment to make things happen in those areas where Brazil is already acting on the frontier – so it is a recognition that we need to leave ‘viralisms’ aside. But doing this with a fragmented government is very complicated. In the possible success of this policy, the need to articulate instruments and actors is paramount to the budget itself,” pointed out Marília Basseti.

One of the great contributions of the day was from Severino de Lima Júnior, from the National Association of Waste Pickers, on the panel on “Participation Strategies and Governance Models,” bringing the perspective of civil society organizations to a debate that often restricts to a limited group of actors. The panel also had moderation by Jorge Audy (Superintendent of Innovation and Development at TECNOPUC), with the important contributions of Fernanda De Negri (Director of Sectoral Studies at IPEA), Caetano Penna (Director of CGEE), and Odir Dellagostin (President of CONFAP).

In the “Institutions’ Capacities for Missions Implementation” panel, Marcos Vinícius de Souza (Researcher at USP), Francisco Gaetani (Secretary for State Transformation at the Ministry of Management and Innovation), Jackson de Toni (Specialist in Project Management and Planning Manager at the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development), and Ronaldo Carmona (Advisor to the Innovation Directorate at Finep) debated with moderation by João Carlos Ferraz (UFRJ), and, finally, the dialogue on major research, development, and innovation projects for missions was deemed important, bringing experiences from the private sector to the debate. In this sense, Rodrigo Fumo (Superintendent Director of WEG Motors), Maurício dos Santos Neves (Department of Innovation and Industrial Strategy at BNDES), and Marcelo Prim (Director of Operations at Embrapii) shared experiences in different private projects from the perspective of missions.

For WTT, the topic of Missions has been central since the foundation of the Center for Orchestration of Innovations. Conceived in mid-2020, the COI, with the support of iCS, is based on mission-oriented innovation to form extraordinary teams that, through scientific collaboration, develop or improve innovative solutions for defined socio-environmental problems diagnosed with partners. Currently, the pillars on which COI operates are Family Agriculture, whose projects have support from organizations such as Ibirapitanga and Porticus, and Bioeconomy, which has already received support from FJBSA. CLUA and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

In addition to developing technologies through these orchestrations, the COI’s action has also been strengthened through an advocacy component, in which WTT seeks to ensure that the innovations and issues addressed in the projects gain space in debates on public policies for science and technology. Thus, the Brazilian Forum for Mission-Oriented Innovation and Free Conferences, including the one held with CNI, bring together this wide range of efforts that always dialogue with the mission-driven approach driven by WTT.

Watch the complete conference on CNI’s YouTube channel here.