MINOBR RF logo On 19-20 January 2016, in Beijing, China, the 2nd meeting took place of organisations supporting research, technology and innovation in the BRICS countries. The meeting was organized by the RF Ministry of Education and Science, and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. Over 30 representatives of BRICS ministries, R&D foundations and agencies supporting research, technology and innovation took part in the event.

The main topic of the meeting was the launch of a pilot coordinated call for multilateral projects in the area of research and commercialization of innovation technologies. The eligible topics were fixed in the Memorandum on the cooperation in the area of research, technology and innovation between the governments of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa of 18 March 2015.

The parties succeeded to develop the documents for launching the coordinated call and to agree the schedule of contest procedures. The call is planned to be announced in March 2016.