R&D Market in Brazil

ISdB FlowTech and M&O are jointly supporting international players with R&D interests towards the Brazilian O&G market.

R&D Opportunities

With over USD300m spent in O&G projects in 2018 alone, there exists a huge R&D market potential in Brazil. Moreover, increased figures are expected in the coming years due to production increases in Brazil.

Since 1997, Brazil’s O&G industry has invested USD 4 billion in 10 thousand different R&D projects.

Local rules force oil producers to invest in R&D at least 1% of gross revenues from the so-called highly productive fields. The research and development tax is known locally as the R&D Levy.
At least 50% of such R&D funds must be channeled through accredited institutions (dedicated research entities) and universities; the remaining can be used internally by operators and on companies and startups.

As a general rule only companies established in Brazil (including subsidiaries of international companies) can tap into the ANP R&D Levy pot.
After successful oil auctions in 2017, attracting oil majors such as ExxonMobil, Shell and Total, the R&D obligations are only set to increase and, to some extent, diversify away from Petrobras/Cenpes, which still dominates the R&D scene.

Offerings and Solutions

  • Structuring, Managing and Executing R&D projects and technical partnerships.
  • Assessing the specific market potential for your firm to tap into local R&D funds.
  • Mapping the main relevant technology players in Brazil.
  • Finding local partners with complementary technologies/needs.
  • Testing the market for the local impact/ readiness of your firm’s technology.
  • Making the case/increasing demand for your company’s offerings.
  • Handling all regulatory and bureaucratic requirements with ANP and customers.


Contact us to learn how we can support you with R&D projects in Brazil.