Title: Improving university-industry partnership – the Brazilian experience through the scientific and technological development support program (PADCT III)

Authors: Carlos A.S. Passos, Branca Regina Cantisano Terra, Andre T. Furtado, Conceicao Vedovello, Guilherme Ary Plonski

Addresses: ''Renato Archer'' Research Center – CenPRA/MCT, PO Box 6162, CEP 13.082-120 – Campinas, SP, Brazil. ' Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), LABORE – Contemporary Studies Laboratory, Rua Sao Francisco Xavier, 524 Bloco D, Segundo Andar, CEP 22220-550 – Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. ' Departamento de Politica Cientifica e Tecnologica, Instituto de Geociencias – UNICAMP, CP: 6152, CEP 13081-970 – Campinas, SP, Brazil. ' Departamento de Economia e Engenharia de Sistemas, Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnologicas do Estado de Sao Paulo, Av. Prof. Almeida Prado, 532 – Bloco 56 – Cidade Universitaria, CEP 05508-901 – Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil. ' Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnologicas do Estado de Sao Paulo, Av. Prof. Almeida Prado, 531 – Bloco 53 – Cidade Universitaria, CEP 05508-901 – Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil

Abstract: Developing countries| scientific and technological development depends on the assistance of several government spheres, in particular from the federal one, in order to formulate policies and generate financial support mechanisms. Aiming to explore better the research results for the benefit of the productive sector, the Brazilian government has implemented programmes whose main focus is the promotion of the interaction between academia (universities and public research institutions) and companies. Among these initiatives, it is worth mentioning the Scientific and Technological Development Support Programme (PADCT), an initiative undertaken by the Brazilian government and the World Bank. The third version of this Programme (PADCT III) was set up during the period 1998-2002 and supported 142 projects through its Technological Development Component (CDT), contemplating four lines of action: Technological Platforms (PLAT), Sectoral and Regional Development (PCRS), Specific Collaborative Projects (CE) and Technological Support to Small and Medium Firms (AMPE). This paper aims at presenting this experience through the exploration of an ex-post evaluation related to a set of results demonstrating the feasibility of this S&T policy option or developing countries.

Keywords: science and technology assessment; science and technology programs; university-industry-government relations; technological development; Brazil.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2004.004284

International Journal of Technology Management, 2004 Vol.27 No.5, pp.475 - 487

Published online: 08 Apr 2004 *

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