The Science and Technology Secretariat for Social Inclusion (SECIS), an agency of Brazil’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT), has maintained a pragmatic and affirmative dialogue with the European Commission with a view to establishing a solid platform for scientific cooperation. This aims to promote social and economic development, especially among Brazilian regions and communities that face a situation of vulnerability. Therefore, an area of common interest are the Social Technologies – products, techniques or methods that can be replicated, and were developed alongside local communities, thus constituting effective solutions for social change.
Recently, SECIS and the DG Investigation and Innovation released a call for projects in the field of Social Technologies by means of the Specific International Cooperation Action (SICA) mechanism, funded by the European Commission. Other calls will be made in the future and, with a view to discussing and defining priority areas in terms of science and technology for social inclusion, the EU-Brazil Sector Dialogues Support Facility supports the workshop Thinking Social Technologies, held in Aracajú, Brazil, the final product of which will be a set of priorities to assist a cooperation schedule.
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