FAPESP and the Sustainable Development Goals

FAPESP and the 2030 Agenda

SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

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 Innovative Research in Small Businesses Program (PIPE) supports innovative initiatives by startups and small technology-based companies with up to 250 employees.

  • The Research Program in Partnership for Technological Innovation (PITE) supports research projects developed at universities and research institutes in cooperation with researchers from companies. 

  • The Center for Artificial Intelligence (C4AI) aims to produce advanced research in artificial intelligence in Brazil, disseminate and debate its main results, train students and professionals, and transfer the technology to society. C4AI is funded by FAPESP and IBM. The host institution is the University of São Paulo, operating with partnering institutions ITA, PUC-SP and FEI.

  • The Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Applied to Industry (CeMEAI) provides resources and mechanisms to connect scientists, engineers, mathematicians and computer experts in order to solve challenging industrial problems by applying mathematical science techniques in a collaborative and engaging environment, training high-level human resources, as well as developing new transformative mathematical techniques and explore its applications for the benefit of society. CeMEAI is a Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center funded by FAPESP and hosted by the University of São Paulo in the city of São Carlos. 

  • 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. 

  • O Centro de Excelência para Pesquisa em Química Sustentável (CERSusChem) is a Centre of Excellence for Research in Sustainable Chemistry financed by FAPESP and GSK. It is an initiative of researchers at the Chemistry Department of the Federal University of São Carlos aiming to promote the development and implementation of green and sustainable chemistry and related technologies.

  • 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.

  • The Centre of Excellence for Research in Sustainable Chemistry (CERSusChem) is a It is an initiative of researchers at the Chemistry Department of the Federal University of São Carlos aiming to promote the development and implementation of green and sustainable chemistry and related technologies. The Center is financed by FAPESP and GSK.

  • The goal of the Center of Excellence in New Target Discovery (CENTD) is to identify molecular targets and signaling pathways involved in inflammation-based diseases. The idea is to use natural products such as poisons and animal secretions to validate therapeutic targets and pave the way to new drug development. Hosted by the Butantan Institute, the CENTD is funded by FAPESP and GSK. 

  • The Genomics for Climate Change Research Center (GCCRC) is hosted by the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) with funding from FAPESP and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA). The Center’s mission is to develop biotechnological solutions that increase plant resistance to drought and heat, and to transfer technology to the productive sector. Using genomics and genome editing, genetics and genetic engineering, as well as research on microbiomes, it will create and manage genetic improvement and agricultural biotechnology pipelines for the creation of genetically edited transgenic plant varieties, among other activities.

  • 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. 

  • The Optics and Photonics Research Center (CEPOF) does cutting-edge fundamental and applied research in the field of optics and photonics. The research program consists of cold-matter physics, plasmonics and biophotonics. In parallel, the Center advances fundamental knowledge and develop innovative, practical applications. CEPOF is a Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center funded by FAPESP and hosted by University of São Paulo in São Carlos. 

  • The Center for Computational Engineering and Sciences (CCES) seeks to develop and apply advanced computational modeling techniques to solve problems at the frontier of computational engineering and sciences, and promote substantial advancements in technological innovation, education and dissemination of knowledge in the broader area of eScience.

  • The Center for Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials (CeRTEV) researches and develops new glass and glass-ceramics, presenting new or improved functionality, such as high mechanical strength and electrical conductivity, biological, optical or catalytic activity, and/or combinations of these properties. The goal is to obtain a fundamental understanding of these properties based on the structural organization of the materials on varying length scales.

  • NPOP - Development of the Production Chain of Metallic Components by Additive Manufacturing, constituted within the scope of the Science for Development program, is headquartered at the Institute of Technological Research of the State of São Paulo (IPT).