National Innovation Systems in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS)

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) have put innovation at the centre of their development strategies. In each case, however, there exists scant knowledge about the national innovation system and its impact on the economy. This grant will support a comparative analysis of innovation systems in the five countries. Researchers will examine the industry, S&T and education nexus; the legal and political framework; the investment and financial system; and the national and international context in which knowledge is created, used and diffused. They will characterize and compare the five national innovation systems, pointing out convergences, divergences and synergies, as well as current and potential connections. They will endeavor to identify possible paths to achieving their socioeconomic development potential. And, they will generate policy implications of use to both BRICS and other developing countries.

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Start Date

Monday, September 3, 2007

End Date

Saturday, October 12, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

Santiago Rodriguez, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 626,300


Brazil, South America, China, Far East Asia, India, South Africa, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, North and Central America, Central Asia, South Asia, Russia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Jose Eduardo Cassiolato


Fundaçao Universitária José Bonifácio

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