INES has associated (founders) laboratories in 9 institutions distributed in 5 Brazilian states (all of them in the Northeast of Brazil), they are part of the seminal proposal to the Minister of Science and Technology:

Moreover, in the first eight years term, INES originated and is an integral and fundamental part of the ISI-TICs (SENAI Innovation Institute for Information Technology and Communication), one of 26 Innovation Institutes created by SENAI/CNI (National Service for Industrial Training/National Confederation of Industry Brazil) whose were conceived to strengthen and support the competitiveness of the Brazilian Manufacturing Firms from all sectors of the supply chain. Therefore, ISI-TICs as a whole can be seen as an INES lab.

The new INES term/grant, also called INES 2.0, has three new institutions as part of the formal group of laboratories: