Partnership between the Renova Foundation, Fapemig and Fapes makes available a total investment of R$ 5.7 million
The Renova Foundation has joined the Research Support Foundations of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo (Fapemig and Fapes) to seek research projects that propose solutions for the economic, social and environmental recovery of the areas affected by the Fundao dam collapse. Registration is open to Institutes of Science and Technology (S&T) based in Minas Gerais or Espirito Santo.
The 09/2018 Fapemig Public Tender will select and finance research projects of up to R$ 1 million and with a 24-months deadline for development. Proposals should address one or more thematic axes as defined in the tender, for different priority areas such as fisheries, education and culture, sustainable land use and ecosystem monitoring, among others. The total investment available will be of R$ 5.7 million. The tender is open until January 31, 2019.
According to Paulo Rocha, leader of the Renova Foundation’s front for boosting the economy, one of the premises of the entity is to encourage and to finance the generation of knowledge related to the recovery of the areas impacted by the disaster, through the creation and strengthening of lines of research of applied technologies.
“Considering the uniqueness of the collapse and reparation actions, most of the technological solutions to the challenges encountered by the socioeconomic and environmental areas of the Foundation are still at the frontier of knowledge. The support of Fapemig and Fapes is essential in this context,” he says.
Fapemig’s Director of Science, Technology and Innovation, Paulo Sergio Lacerda Beirao, adds: “When a public entity or a company faces a certain problem, they seldom turn to the academic world to help find a solution. There are exceptions, of course. But in general, the tendency is to copy solutions from abroad or to buy technologies, which are not always the most appropriate. Academics can contribute a lot, and when there is no ready-available knowledge, they do research. The participation of science is key to solving crises of this kind and we need to encourage industry and academics to communicate more.“
According Jose Antonio Bof Buffon, CEO of Fapes, “from the very first moment when the Fundao dam collapsed, Fapes has committed itself to seeking solutions. We are at the start of another important partnership between Fapes and Fapemig, this time with the Renova Foundation. The objective is to seek to deepen the knowledge related to the Doce River, particularly those aspects focusing on the recovery of the river and the socioeconomic sustainability of the affected region.”
About the Public Tender
The Public Tender is an initiative derived from the Technical Cooperation Agreement signed in May 2017 between the Renova Foundation, Fapemig and Fapes. The agreement provides for the establishment of partnerships between the institutions for stimulating and financing studies that focus on the recovery of the areas impacted by the Fundao dam collapse in Mariana.
The thematic axes were drawn together with the technical areas of the Foundation. They will be guiding the desired type of research and will assist in the selection process of the registered projects:
- Education and Culture
- Historical, Cultural and Artistic Memory
- Monitoring of Ecosystems
- Water Use
- Sustainable Land Use
- New processes for Knowledge Management and Governance
- Social Organization
- Tailings Management