Innovation Link

open innovation

Innovation Link

Inspired by the practices of the best universities in the world, Innovation Link is a liaison office that promotes interaction between the UFV and the productive sector in an efficient and professional way, aiming at the establishment of technical-scientific cooperation projects.

It shortens the distance between companies and the University. Through it, companies access researchers, technologies, research projects, and laboratories at the University. In addition, they enable the transfer of knowledge and technology, support for collaborative research, technology testing, consulting and advisory services; while researchers offer their technologies and/or convert their knowledge into business models.

In 2022, one of its solutions, Innovation Day, an innovation meeting for the presentation of research, development and innovation projects from the UFV for the productive sector, was one of the 10 best global initiatives of the Innovative Solutions Program of the International Association of Science Parks –IASP.

UFV in numbers



Professors, being 1003 doctors.

Undergraduate courses and postgraduate programs


With 69 undergraduate courses, 45 postgraduate programs (8 are Capes 7 concept)



Patent applications

Research project


Research projects completed in 2022


Services Offered

The main services offered by the program include:

  • Prospection of researchers, technologies, and innovative solutions
  • Analysis of companies’ demands, researchers’ offers and possibilities for interaction
  • Relationship and business development with companies linked to tecnoPARQ
  • Continuous updating of the UFV technological portfolio: technologies, laboratories, research groups
  • Conducting innovation meetings
  • Support for the development of Partnerships
  • Forwarding of intellectual protection and transfer to the Technological Innovation Center

Numbers we are proud of

+R$ 0 mi
In partnership contracts
Solutions presented
Innovation meetings held
Researchers involved
+ 0
Established Connections

Interaction Results​


The interaction between universities, companies and society can bring countless benefits. For universities, it can have intellectual and academic benefits, while for companies it can contribute to strategic innovations and agile solutions to production problems. Industry-supported university research is often developed in a context of practical application that benefits society as a whole. In addition, this partnership can generate new companies that strengthen Brazilian competitiveness in a context of globalization.

  • Market access opportunities for students
  • Means of carrying out the social function of the university, providing technology to generate the well-being of society
  • Identification of new research problems, linked to the technological demands of companies
  • Technology transfer and licensing, as well as the generation of new intellectual property registrations
  • Dissemination of know-how and technical skills
  • Project scheduling using industrial plants
  • Formation of collaborative networks
  • Best search conditions
  • Increase in the relevance of searches carried out


  • Development of new products and processes
  • Innovation
  • Increase in product quality
  • Improvement in production processes
  • Agile solution to the problems faced
  • Attracting and retaining talented students
  • Access to a highly qualified workforce and state-of-the-art infrastructure


  • Research developed in a context of practical application that benefits society
  • Generation of new companies that reinforce Brazilian competitiveness in the face of globalization
  • Creating solutions to social problems
  • Contribution to economic and social development in the region through the technological development of companies linked to the university
  • Increase in the employment rate, appreciation of wages and improvement in quality of life


The Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), through the Technological Center for Regional Development of Viçosa (CenTev) and the Permanent Commission for Intellectual Property (CPPI), developed in 2011 the Innovation Link – UFV Liaison Office. It was inspired by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Industry Liaison Program, considered the oldest liaison office in the world.

The Innovation Link was developed by the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), through the Technological Center for Regional Development of Viçosa (CenTev) and the Permanent Commission on Intellectual Property (CPPI), with the support of the Brazilian Micro and Small Support Service Companies of Minas Gerais (SEBRAE).

There are several ways to interact with UFV, but we highlight the ones below:

Research project: activities that involve the generation of new knowledge or innovation that may result in a new product, process, service or its improvement.

Provision of services: advisory services, consultancies and inter-institutional cooperation.

Licensing or technology transfer: licensing or patent applications, know-how transfer agreements, trademark exploitation, copyrights and agreements.

Testing and analysis of technologies: conduction of food tests and analyzes by the UFV.

unfold in new products, processes and solutions for the market.

The University has a wide range of knowledge covering the areas of knowledge of Agricultural Sciences, Biological and Health Sciences, Exact and Technological Sciences and Human Sciences, Literature and Arts. With 69 undergraduate courses and 45 postgraduate programs, 8 with grades 7 at Capes. It stands out in the areas of agricultural sciences, forestry sciences, food technology, biotechnology, information technology and sustainability.

Those interested in participating should contact us by phone (31) 3612-1281, or by e-mail:

What they say about us


Look what the researchers and bussinessmen say about the Innovation Link.

innovation link

Companies Served


Was it in doubt? Get in touch with our team. Please fill in the form below. We will respond as soon as possible.