The MIT Portugal Program (MPP) is a strategic international partnership between Portuguese universities and research institutions, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Portuguese government, as well as partners from industry and other non-academic institutions.
First established in Portugal in October 2006 and renewed in 2013, MPP has been developing a research platform for cutting-edge concepts in emerging areas of science and technology that include: Bioengineering, Sustainable Energy, Transportation Systems, Engineering Design, and Advanced Manufacturing. MPP also educates future leaders in science, technology, entrepreneurship, and the innovation of technological systems.
The program has been a high-profile effort to demonstrate that an investment in science, technology, and higher education can have a positive, lasting impact on the economy. MPP addresses key societal issues through quality education and research in the emerging field of engineering systems.
The third phase of the program—MIT Portugal Partnership 2030 (MPP2030)—was launched in June of 2018 and funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT). MPP2030 will continue to uphold MIT’s strong commitment to collaborate with Portuguese institutions with the goal of strengthening Portugal’s knowledge base and international competitiveness through strategic investments in research, people, and ideas. The program aims to create a vibrant, interactive, and sustainable collaborative platform that addresses the complex challenges of global and societal impact.
Within the scope of the new partnership, MPP2030 focuses on developing research in four strategic areas: Climate Science & Climate Change, Earth Systems: Oceans to Near Space, Digital Transformation in Manufacturing, and Sustainable Cities—all of which include data science intensive approaches and methodologies.
The Mission of MPP2030 is to foster collaborative research between MIT and Portuguese universities, research institutes, laboratories, and companies, targeting innovative, high-impact ideas and research projects with the full potential to address complex challenges of global and societal impact.