The 1st Annual Cycle of SC2C.Aero comprehend the interval of May 2017 to June 2018, including the context of pilot cycle. In this first opportunity, the convergence center went to the field to put into practice the competences listed for SC2C.Aero, occasion where for the first time it was able to face and cooperate with the agents of the triple helix involved in the aerospace sector. The most relevant activities developed along that cycle are presented in the following sections.
In this research, they focus of the convergence center was meetings with managers of R&D&I in companies of the aerospace segment situated in Brazil and legal representative authorities. Because of limitation in the deadline and the focus of this survey, besides geographic distribution, it was prioritized companies located in Santa Catarina, companies in São José dos Campos and representatives of the govern in Brasília. Based on contacts already stablished by the people from SC2C.Aero, 14 companies were mapped and 11 effectively visited, including 02 companies in Santa Catarina (Horus Aeronaves, WEGA Aircraft), 06 companies in São José dos Campos (Akaer, Avibras, Boeing, Eleb, Embraer, Konatus) and 03 govern agencies in Brasília (The Ministry of Defense, The Ministry of Sciences, Technologies, Innovations and Communications, Embassy of Sweden).
In order to collect the demand from industries, the research in primary base is structured upon the question:
What are the main topics of concern in the aerospace industry that can be developed by the convergence center SC2C.aero?
The answers can be grouped into different kinds of indexing, formatting a high value spreadsheet that can be shared exclusively with the technical groups and partners upon request. Some of these indexers are listed below:
● by Company ● by Topic of interest ● by Taxonomy ● by Theme
Two distributions, by Taxonomy and by Theme, are presented below.
The information contained in such topics has a considerable value for the proposal of projects with the industry or to drive innovation inside the technical groups, aligning their internal actions with the industry interest.
In order to collect the offer from Santa Catarina’s groups, a questionnaire was structured based upon the question:
What are the highlight competences of interest in the aerospace industry that can be provided by technical groups on SC2C.aero?
Technical groups with historic of cooperation with industry and showing interest to participate of SC2C.Aero were aimed in this first collect of offer. A total of 17 groups (14 from UFSC and 3 from CERTI) were identified at the opportunity and 11 answered the questionnaire. Some items in the form were suggested by companies visited in the previous step of the annual cycle, as for example Infrastructure of the lab, Research lines, Number of students and Technical group entrepreneurship capacity. In addition to them, the following questions were included in the form to favor the crossing of demand and offer capacity:
● Items of the ASTERA taxonomy that the lab can work nowadays, including the Technology Readiness Level (TRL);
● Example of projects (with companies), related or not with the aerospace sector, and the TRL reached;
● Facilities and competences to test and simulate aerospace systems and products;
● The perspective for future projects of each lab regarding taxonomy and TRL.
With information about the profile of the technical groups of SC2C.Aero and demands from industry, a crossover of Offer X Demand is determined, as shown in the lateral graph. The superposition of them are areas with great potential for R&D&I projects.
In this cycle, the matchmaking event was held at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, during May 3rd and 4th, 2018. The event reunited important players of the triple helix, including Alvaro Prata (MCTIC), Mikael Román (Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation-Sweden), Paulo R. Chã (Ministry of Defense), Sergio Gargioni (President of FAPESC), Petter Krus (Innovair-Sweden), José Eduardo Fiates (President of CERTI), Carlos Gurgel (AEB), Alessandra Holmo (CISB). Further information about the agenda, presentation and photos are available here.
Since the beginning of the SC2C.Aero, it is running in parallel to other fund-raising projects, the conquest of a Parliament Amendment form the Santa Catarina federal deputy Carmen Zanotto and the senator Dalírio Beber. The conquest of this parliament amendment was articulated and supported by Prof. Carlos Alberto Schneider from the CERTI Foundation. Most of the bureaucratic processes have been overcome and the budget should be available to be used in the 2018-19 Annual Cycle. The budget will be used for the construction/establishment of the SC2C.Aero Office, for scholarships for students and for the demand search throughout two years of operation of the annual cycles.