MIT Portugal Program achieved 12.2M€ funding for 4 new R&D projects
4 MIT Portugal Program R&D projects were approved and will be financed under the Go Portugal Program – Global Science and Technology Partnerships Portugal. The projects awarded a total of 12.2 M€, for the next 3 years, with a participation of 2.7 M€ from MIT.
The projects will be developed in the areas of Digital Transformation in Manufacturing and Sustainable Cities.
NOS, EFACEC, ZENITHWINGS, and UBIWHERE are the national companies that will lead the projects in partnership with research institutions and Portuguese universities (Minho, Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon), as well as research groups at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The approved projects cover the areas of Digital Transformation and Sustainable Cities, including 5G communications and innovative digital transformation processes. Pedro Arezes, National Director of MIT Portugal said the projects“fit into the new scientific areas of the partnership with MIT” and represent “societal challenges that will be answered through research excellence, involving companies and researchers from multiple institutions.”
Arezes said the projects “are established in partnership with top researchers from one of the most prestigious universities in the world and will allow us to take a relevant step towards internationalization and strengthening the national scientific and technological structure.”
The 4 selected projects represent a total investment of 12.2M€ of which 5.7M€ are financed from the COMPETE 2020 Program; 1.7M€ from the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT); 2.7M€ financed from MIT and 2.1M€ from the participating Portuguese companies.
In addition to the areas of Digital Transformation in Manufacturing and Sustainable Cities, the MIT Portugal Program operates in areas of emerging international relevance, such as Climate Science & Climate Change, and Earth Systems (Oceans to near Space). Areas which National Co-Director of MIT Portugal, Zita Martins said, “We are investing in these areas of growth for MPP.”
The Call was launched by Compete 2020, ANI and FCT under the “Go Portugal – Global Science and Technology Partnerships Portugal”, an initiative that includes other international partnerships, which resulted in a total of 25 selected projects.
• C-Tech .: Climate Driven Technologies for Low Carbon Cities
Leading Institution: NOS Comunicações, SA
Participating Institutions: IST; CEiia; UNL-IMS; Lisboa E-Nova
• Transformer 4p0 .: Digital Revolution of Power Transformers
Leading Institution: EFACEC
Participating Institutions: INESC TEC; INEGI
• Operator .: Digital Transformation in Industry with a Focus on the Operator 4.0
Leading Institution: Zenithwings Lda
Participating Institutions: Fraunhofer Portugal;UNL;Volkswagen Autoeuropa; Nst Apparel (Europe); University of Porto; University of Minho; Controlconsul
• SNOB-5G .: Scalable Network Backhauling for 5G
Leading Institution: Ubiwhere Lda
Participating Institutions: Instituto de Telecomunicações; University of Coimbra
More details about the MPP projects here!