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The New Partnerships (NoPa) Program

The Program NoPa - New Partnerships: Innovation for Sustainable Development - combines the competencies and instruments of Academic Cooperation and Technical Cooperation to foster excellent research that meets the demands of the private and public sector in Brazil and eventually contributes to the dissemination of innovations for sustainable development. NoPa prepares a demand-driven call for research projects and systematically links the research projects with development partners in the public, productive and civil society sectors. Additionally, "NoPa" documents and disseminates best practices in the collaboration between Technical Cooperation and Academic Cooperation.

NoPa is jointly implemented by CAPES, GIZ and DAAD. In this institutional partnership each agency contributes with their complementary strengths and capacities and with clearly assigned tasks and responsibilities. In that sense, CAPES, DAAD and GIZ contribute with what they do best: the funding agencies (CAPES and DAAD) support and manage the academic cooperation while GIZ uses establishes and improves connections between research, policy and practice to foster innovations.

In the first semester of 2018, NoPa focuses on the research results implementation of the 5 projects along with the pratice partners.

Innovative Aspects of the Project

  • NoPa funds academic cooperation and research projects based on concrete demands for research results.
  • NoPa facilitates new German-Brazilian research partnerships and cooperation between the academia and users of research results in policy and practice.
  • NoPa links German-Brazilian research projects systematically with development partners in the public, productive and civil society to foster research-based innovation.

Process Overview

For detailed information on the NoPa Methodology and Instruments:

NoPa Toolbox


  • The Division for Science and Technology (DCTEC) of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations (MRE) is responsible for bilateral and multilateral cooperation in science, technology and innovation. DCTEC is NoPa's political partner on the Brazilian side.
  • The Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) develops and coordinates Brazilian policies for science and technology development.
  • The Brazilian Ministry of the Cities (MCid) develops and coordinates the Brazilian policies for urban planning and development such as urban transportation and mobility, housing and urban sanitation.
  • CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher-Level Personnel) has a key role in expanding and consolidating graduate programs (Masters and Doctorate) in Brazil.
  • The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) devel-ops the guidelines and the longterm strategies of the German development policy. For the execution of its projects it commissions implementing organizations. These organizations work with executing agencies in the partner countries, which are selected by the government of that country.
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a non-profit organization that gathers 231 tertiary education institutions and 125 student associations in Germany. DAAD supports the internationalization of German universities, promotes abroad, assists in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.
  • Commissioned by the German Government, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) promotes international cooperation to contribute with functional, sustainable and efficient solutions to processes of political, economic and social change.