The two previous MPP phases have built a knowledge integration network that ties its education and research activities directly to a community of innovation stakeholders such as companies, hospitals, or venture capitalists. MPP has gathered a network of more than 50 national and international industry affiliates, including Continental, Energias de Portugal (EDP), Galp Energia, Rolls Royce, Siemens, Unicer – Bebidas de Portugal, and VW Autoeuropa.

The main driver for this new phase of the program (MPP2030) is the interest of these industry affiliates to become active partners, participating in a more direct way in the shaping and definition of the future of science and innovation in Portugal. Beyond promoting spaces for the exchange of ideas among government, university and industry partners partners, MPP 2030 will focus on developing joint research, including exploratory and larger flagship projects, which will be led by academics and industry experts, ensuring a direct impact of the findings in the innovation landscape of Portugal.