Brazil-UK Newton Fund
Inavya Ventures Ltd has won a major Brazil-UK R&D competition to develop AVATR health and medtech capability to meet market demand in Brazil and globally. Inavya is the UK lead, in partnership with Future Cities Catapult and Space Syntax Ltd. Industrial-I is the Brazil lead, in partnership with the Brazil ICT research agency CPQD. The Cities of Sao Paulo and Campinas City will serve as demonstrator sites. The project, called CityZen, is planned to start in the Autumn 2017 and run for two years.
About the Newton Fund
The Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services and Innovate UK are running a call for proposals for collaborative research and development projects between British and Brazilian companies focusing on innovative, connected cities and renewable energy solutions.
Similar to the UK, today in Brazil 85% of people live in cities. This has created a wealth of opportunities for those moving to urban centres, yet also it has accelerated the development of unique challenges for the future development of cities in Brazil. Challenges such as improving energy, waste and water efficiency, developing infrastructure to meet current and future energy and service demands by residents (and visitors), while also promoting economic participation and harnessing education and skills within and around cities. Both the Brazilian and British governments are aiming to support projects developing the use of cutting-edge solutions to tackle critical issues for the future of urban environments.