This month, FCT, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, and ANI, Associação Nacional para a Inovação, will launch a competition to fund projects as a collaboration between companies and non-corporate entities of the R&I system, with a planned budget of 18 M€.

The launch of this competition marks the beginning of the third phase of MIT Portugal Program, and the other international partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) the University of Texas in Austin (UT Austin).

The research areas for projects under the MIT Portugal Program are:

The competition will follow a model in which Portuguese companies lead the process to modernise the economic fabric, by strengthening the innovation ecosystem in Portugal. This way, the initiative is focusing on increasing the value of Portuguese companies into a dynamic force in collaborative networks and projects, with support from Portuguese R&D institutions, drawing on the experience and knowledge of North American universities.

The call will be launched trough the Balcão Portugal 2020 platform and applications will be allowed from collaborative projects led by Portuguese companies, implemented in partnership with Portuguese academic bodies that contribute to consolidating the intergovernmental “Atlantic Interactions” initiative.

Details will be announced soon.

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