Regional Innovation Policies in MERCOSUR : Obstacles and Opportunities

This grant will support a study of the factors (aspects, instruments, sectors and mechanisms) influencing the design and coordination of regional innovation policies by Southern Cone Common Market (Mercosur) countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela). Researchers will describe the national innovation system in each Mercosur country, evaluate the instruments used to promote innovation in each country, review existing regional cooperation initiatives, identify sectors with strong potential for regional cooperation, review other experiences in regional cooperation for innovation (European Union - EU, North American Free Trade Agreement - NAFTA), and propose institutional arrangements for promoting innovation among firms of the region based on a common science, technology and innovation policy.

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Start Date

Sunday, February 15, 2009

End Date

Saturday, May 15, 2010


15 months

IDRC Officer

O`Brien, Mr. David

Total funding

CA$ 140,500


Argentina, South America, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, North and Central America, Bolivia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Gustavo Bittencourt


Fundación CEFIR (Centro de Formación para la Integración Regional)

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Project Leader

Fernando Enrique Porta


Asociación Civil Grupo Redes

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