What we do

GNova is based on three areas of activity: experimentation, prospection and dissemination. The axis of experimentation is predominant in the performance of the laboratory, bringing together 70% of its actions and projects.

There is also a course of action that runs through all laboratory projects on all three axes: the formation of participating teams throughout the process (learning by doing). The generation of institutional capacity for innovation has been shown a transversal axis to GNova's performance due to the importance that this formation acquired in the developed projects and the impact in terms of behavioral change in the teams involved, as evidenced in interviews with institutions that have already worked together with the laboratory.

Learn more about each one of the actuation axes of the Laboratory:


What characterizes an experiment is the clear goal of team learning about the focus object of innovation, which implies: (i) defining this goal from the beginning; (ii) discussing team expectations to solve problems; (iii) defining and exposing the step-by-step to be executed, as well as the risks involved in the process; (iv) monitoring the products and the achievement of goals; and finally, (v) returning to the first definition, evaluating what has been learned and correcting mistakes. Experimentation takes place in a safe space, some distance from daily life, in order to generate useful ideas that meet the needs of users and demonstrate their effectiveness.


The constant search for updating knowledge and creating incentives for its use by servers constitute one of GNova’s axes of actuation.

GNova Projects Flow

The entry of projects in the laboratory follows a protocol: after the initial contact, a meeting is held with the plaintiffs to understand the problem and analyze the suitability of the proposal to the laboratory's goals and mission (for this purpose, a script of questions and a criteria document were developed for prioritization purposes). After this phase, if the project is accepted by the laboratory, GNova sends a proposal to the partner, with a definition of scope and a work plan. If the proposal is approved by the partner institution, the planning of activities will be performed.


Staying open to new knowledge, incorporating the prospection of new services, technologies and border issues into the public sector and cultivating multi-expertise networks provide GNova knowledge and experiences that support the dissemination of innovation to different audiences such as citizens, servers, researchers and professors.


Dissemination, as the key aspect of innovation generation, focuses on the processes by which an innovation is communicated and adopted over time by the teams. It involves previous work, prospecting for information about characteristics for innovation, its advantages, and knowledge about its effects, characteristics that are not always available or easily accessible to servers. GNova's dissemination actions aim, on the one hand, at gathering strategic information and communicate which innovation has the greatest potential in certain areas of the public sector and which are the main challenges for their adoption. On the other hand, they are focused on building civil servants' capacities to generate new knowledge to complex problems, with a view of strengthening the innovation ecosystem.

Check out below the management flow of GNova projects, reaching steps of projects selection, entrying, monitoring and closing: