Saab delivered Swedish Aeronautical Professors to Brazil

The gift, dedicated to Peter Wallenberg Sr., is providing for the establishment of a chair with the presence of three Swedish teachers in Brazil. The chair will be established at Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) and the Swedish professors will stay in Brazil from two to six months a year, in order to deepen bilateral cooperation in research projects, education and innovation in aerospace technology – an area of interest of both countries.

Saab and CISB (Centro de Pesquisa e Inovação Sueco-Brasileiro) stand behind the gift together with Chalmers University of Technology, the Royal Institute of Technology and Linköping University.

This new initiative is one of many clear steps on a long-term strategy for close cooperation between the countries. It is also a part of the strategic program Innovair that aims to tighten the links between academics, government and industry in Brazil and Sweden.


INNOVAIR is Sweden’s national strategic innovation program for aeronautics. The aim is to coordinate and support stakeholders from industry, universities, institutes, associations and government agencies active in the aerospace sector. The main objective is to promote favorable conditions for a strong aerospace industry in Sweden and to strengthen the aerospace sector through increased collaboration, research and information dissemination.

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Sweden is top-rated in innovation and is also probably the country with most global companies per capita. Swedish export success is based on innovations and is due to sustainable investment in R&D, cooperative efforts by government, industry and academia (triple helix), open innovation culture and strong global industrial presence.

R&D is important to Saab competitiveness – we spend 27 percent of turnover on R&D. We are proud to have been first with many products and solutions that are now industry standard.

Since more than 70 years aeronautics has been one key technology driver in Sweden, leading to numerous spin-offs. This has also been the case for Brazil – also based in government academic industrial cooperation.

Sweden - Brazil

A bilateral ambition was initiated before and in parallel with the Gripen negotiations to find new innovative ways to collaborate in aeronautics and innovation:

  • 2009 – Sweden-Brazil MoU for cooperation in High-Tech Innovation
  • 2010 - Vinnova starts funding Swedish-Brazilian pre-study projects
  • 2011 - CISB is founded by Saab and partners in São Paulo
  • 2012 - CNPq, CISB and Saab launch an Industrial Guest Researcher Scholarship Program
  • 2014 - Swedish and Brazilian Ministers of Defence sign framework agreement
  • 2014 - ITA propose a bilateral research initiative
  • 2014 Nov – CISB & ITA arrange 1st Workshop in Aeronautics & Defence, with more than 500 participants
  • 2014 Nov - CISB initiates 27 BR-SE pre-studies to develop Aeronautics Research and Innovation projects