Each selected offer can have up to R$ 800,000. Companies will have an initial period of 12 months to launch a project focused on Research, Development and Innovation (R+D+i)
As of Tuesday (6), companies of any size and sector will be able to present proposals with a starting point for the development of 4.0 technologies to solve productivity barriers. The second call in the Smart Factories category, promoted by the National Industrial Learning Service (SENAI), will guarantee R7 million for the implementation of digitalization and connectivity pilot projects. The regulation is available on the Industry Innovation Platform.
The new phase is part of the Brasil Mais program and is being implemented through a partnership with the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), the Ministry of Economy and the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI). The initiative aims to provide innovative solutions that achieve results in improving operations and increasing productivity for start-ups and MSMEs.
The global value of the Smart Factory category is R$ 28 million, divided into four calls for R$ 7 million – the third and fourth calls expire in 2023. Each specific project can have up to R$ 800,000, including development technology and application in client companies. The companies will have a period of 12 months to develop and validate the selected projects.
For SENAI’s director of Innovation and Technology, Jefferson Gómez, the call gives companies the opportunity to improve their industrial processes and be more innovative.
Gómez highlights, “Industry 4.0 marks a new stage in the regulation and control of the intelligent industrial value chain, integrating it into an ecosystem of innovation and collaboration.”
The projects will be supported by SENAI Innovation Institutes
The implementation of these challenges has the support of the SENAI Institutes of Innovation and Technology. The objective is to carry out the validation of projects developed in a real environment, in the production process of MSMEs with a focus on productivity gains, operational efficiency, traceability, sustainability, greater innovation and competitiveness.
In the first call, which began in September, 15 proposals were approved out of a total of 26 projects submitted, 18 from start-ups and micro and small companies, four from medium-sized companies and another four from large companies. The topics covered were information technology, automation, civil construction, electronics, metal mechanics, biosafety and the environment.
“The launch of this second call, after highlighting the first, reinforces the successful trajectory of the alliance between BNDES, SENAI, ME and ABDI, enabling support for small companies, giving the possibility of funding the Bank through new ways of financing. increase productivity and innovation in the industry, patriotism”, assesses the director of Productive, Social and Environmental Credit of the BNDES, Bruno Arana.
According to the president of ABDI, Igor Calvet, the call is an opportunity for MSMEs to improve their operations and thus increase productivity. “For the agency, whose mission is to promote the adoption of 4.0 technologies in the Brazilian productive fabric, it is necessary to participate in initiatives that affect the operational efficiency of industries.”
In the evaluation of the Minister of Innovation and Small and Micro Enterprises of the Ministry of Economy, Bruno Portela, Brazil MIS is currently the largest public policy in Latin America to increase the productivity and competitiveness of MSMEs, recently reaching the milestone of 117 thousand attendance , since 2019, achieving significant results in terms of indicators.
And it highlights that “the program promotes the adoption of low-cost and high-impact methodologies and technologies, with the aim of improving management and production practices and the digital transformation of companies, including support for the development and adoption of economic solutions 4.0 ”.
Who can Participate?
Projects must be submitted by a consortium made up of:
- Partner Company (EP): Company that provides technology that enables Industry 4.0 with a National Classification of Economic Activities (CNAE) primary or secondary industrial or SENAI shareholder, of any size or technology-based startup.
- Coordinator: SENAI Qualified Institute of Innovation or SENAI Technological Institute. The qualification of the SENAI institutes must meet the requirements established by the SENAI National Administration, which will be disclosed by email to [email protected].
- Pilot Clients: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, with primary and secondary shareholders in CNAE or SENAI, where the objective of the solution for R+D+i projects in their product lines will be validated.
Smart Factory: innovative solutions and process improvement results
The smart factory concept refers to the application of the latest automation, digitization, data management and communication technologies that affect the operational efficiency of companies. To boost the industrial sector, around 60 research, development and innovation (R+D+i) projects will be selected for companies that operate in the machinery, equipment and systems solutions sector, among other areas.
The benefits include the following:
- Accelerate the deployment of technologies related to digital transformation and empowerment technologies in MSMEs.
- Reduce the risks and costs of developing new technologies.
- Expand the offer of low-cost and high-impact solutions for MSMEs;
- Stimulation of demand/consumption of innovative technologies in MSMEs (inclusion of these companies in the innovation chain).
- Expand the catalog of approved suppliers in the BNDES financing lines: BNDES Card, Credit Services 4.0 and Finame 4.0 Machines.
Industry Innovation Platform
SENAI also has the Industry Innovation Platform, an initiative to finance the development of innovative products, processes or services, with the aim of increasing the productivity and competitiveness of the Brazilian industry, as well as promoting the improvement of safety and security. industry health. . Created in 2004, this initiative has already selected more than a thousand innovative projects, in which more than R$ 917 million have been invested.