PUCRS has a set of structures and mechanisms to promote and support the process of innovation and entrepreneurship that composes the INOVAPUCRS Network. The focus of the actions of the University through this network is to promote a multidisciplinary effort to seek solutions and respond to the demands of society in terms of economic and social development. The Office of the Vice President for Research, Innovation and Development (PROPESQ) is responsible for managing innovation at PUCRS.
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Network of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (INOVAPUCRS) brings together a range of actors, actions and mechanisms for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship at PUCRS. To this end, the Network aims at articulating those involved in teaching, research, and extension. The focus of University actions through INOVAPUCRS is to promote multidisciplinary efforts to seek solutions and respond to the demands of society in terms of economic, social, environmental, and cultural development.
Therefore, the relationship between University and Society occurs in two ways: by identifying demands in society that give rise to the development of research and by applying the knowledge available at University, generated through research, to solve existing problems.
INOVAPUCRS promotes interaction and networking between actors in the Academic Core and the Peripheral Units of the University.
The Academic Core comprises the Academic Units, Research Institutes and the research area of the Science and Technology Museum (MCT), where scientific and technological research is developed. The results of this research can potentially be transferred to society and to the University itself.
The Peripheral Units are institutional mechanisms aimed at interaction with society, especially with companies and different government branches.
The INOVAPUCRS Forum is the link between the Academic Core and the Peripheral Units. This Forum is composed by the Managers of Peripheral Units, the Innovation Agents, which are representatives of each of the Units participating in the Academic Core, and by representatives of the Vice Presidents.
The aim of the Forum is to promote a link between scientific production and market opportunities. Thus, knowledge and innovation generated by research can be materialized in enterprises, while demands of society can, in turn, generate research and development projects.