The II Inova IFSP Meeting took place on Tuesday (27), at the São Paulo Campus. The objective was to start training campuses to prospect for research and innovation projects with public and private institutions.
The event focused on making a strategic diagnosis with a view to conducting research applied by the IFSP. According to the director at the Institute's Center for Technological Innovations (NIT), Adalton Ozaki, this diagnosis will allow the mapping of the competencies of each campus. "Thus, if there is a demand, we will be able to articulate the campuses with the researchers and equipment necessary for the development of a project." Research and Innovation coordinators and civil servants designated by the campuses participated in the meeting.
After the diagnosis, the next step will be to train Innovation Project Prospecting Agents (APIs), who will be the bridge of connection with the productive sector with respect to research and development (R&D) projects. The training will deal with the prospecting, approach and closing of an R&D agreement.
Present at the meeting, Professor Alexandre Ataíde Carniato, from the Câmpus Presidente Epitácio, said that the Inova initiative added a lot of knowledge and made him even more excited to prospect some projects that are already in the negotiation phase with a partner company. According to him, the projects are in the area of energy efficiency and, if carried out, will bring a lot of visibility to the Institute in the region, and a very big gain in terms of applied research.
For Adalton, the approximation with the productive arrangement is extremely important for several reasons. Among them is compliance with the law creating the FIs, which provides for technological extension, applied research, and incentives for entrepreneurship, associations and cooperatives. “Developing local productive arrangements is extremely important for local and regional development, with the generation of quality jobs”, he explains.
In addition, Adalton points out that all projects developed by the IFSP together with other institutions must involve students. “The participation of these students in practical projects increases their motivation and makes them much more prepared for the job market.”