The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched in 2015, set goals to achieve a sustainable and fair future for people around the world by the year 2030. Since 2016, the State of São Paulo government has been working to institutionalize the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Scientific research on these themes makes an important contribution to achieving the goals. As a state sponsoring agency, the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) is in line with official initiatives in progress and, over time, has offered financial support for scientific, technological and innovation research in this context.
FAPESP Initiatives and Programs for the 2030 Agenda:
The FAPESP Program for Research on Bioenergy (BIOEN) aims to integrate comprehensive research on sugarcane and other plants that can be used as biofuel sources, thus assuring Brazil’s position among the leaders in the area of Bioenergy. Research includes from biomass production and processing to biofuel production and its impacts. BIOEN has a solid core for supporting academic exploratory research related to these topics. BIOEN establishes partnerships with industry for cooperative R&D activities between industrial laboratories and academic laboratories at universities and research institutes.
The Energy Production and Innovation Center (EPIC) aims to seek innovative solutions to optimize energy production, especially aiming at oil well efficiency, reservoir recovery and better water management withdrawal from oil during drilling and extraction activities. Hosted at the University of Campinas, the center is funded by FAPESP and Equinor.
The Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI) appears as a world centre for advanced studies on energy transition for the sustainable use of natural gas, biogas, hydrogen and management, transport, storage and usage of CO2. Its activities are based on three pillars: research, innovation and dissemination of knowledge. Based at the University of São Paulo, RCGI is funded by FAPESP and Shell.
The Engineering Research Center Prof. Urbano Ernesto Stumpf does research in vehicle powertrains adopting biofuels require a comprehensive approach. The topics addressed range from basic research on the phenomenology of the formation and evolution of sprays of ethanol and its combustion, to architectures linking powertrain and vehicle. The center is funded by FAPESP and the PSA Group and it is based in the University of Campinas.
The Center for Innovation on New Energies (CINE) was launched by FAPESP, Shell Brazil, University of Campinas, University of São Paulo and the Energy and Nuclear Research Institute (IPEN) in 2018. CINE's goal is the development of new energy storage devices with zero or close-to-zero greenhouse gas emissions using renewable fuels and novel technological routes to convert methane into chemicals, among other goals. The Center’s mission is to produce knowledge at the research frontier, and in parallel to transfer technology to the business sector.
In the Center for the Development of Functional Materials (CDFM) the researchers develop functional and nanostructured materials to address new societal needs by finding solutions in three emerging main issues: renewable energy, health, and the environmental sustainability. CDMF is a Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center funded by FAPESP and hosted by the Federal University of São Carlos.