ANI prepares to announce a competition to International Partnerships

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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Blue Origin Payload Competition

The MIT Portugal just launched the Blue Origin Payload Competition.

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2019 Call for Seed Funding Proposals at MIT

The MIT Portugal Partnership 2030 (MPP2030) is inviting submissions of project proposals for one-year seed funding at MIT.

MPP2030 is a strategic international partnership between Portuguese universities and research institutions, MIT, the Portuguese government, as well as partners from industry and other non-academic institutions.

For the 2019 call at MIT, we are seeking outstanding proposals in the following four data-science driven areas:

  1. Climate Science & Climate Change;
  2. Earth Systems: Oceans to Near Space;
  3. Digital Transformation in Manufacturing, and
  4. Sustainable Cities.

The submission deadline is February 15, 2019, 11:59 pm EST

The call is now closed. 

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any further questions.

MIT Portugal Program Director visiting Singapore to discuss international partnerships

The National Coordinator of the MIT Portugal Partnership, MPP 2030, Prof. Pedro Arezes, was in Singapore to meet with the responsibles for two partnerships established between Singapore’s institutions and MIT.

The first meeting was at SUTD (The Singapore University of Technology and Design) where he met with Prof. Yeo Kiat Seng, the Associate Provost for Research and International Relations at SUTD. SUTD is an autonomous university in Singapore offering Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees in areas defined as the 4 pillars of SUTD: Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD), Engineering Product Development (EPD), Engineering Systems and Design (ESD) or Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD). SUTD was created in 2009 and had as founding president Thomas L. Magnanti, a MIT Professor and former Dean of the School of Engineering. SUTD's collaboration with MIT includes several initiatives, such as the development of the undergraduate curriculum, co-teaching of subjects by MIT faculty, student exchanges, among others.

Yeo Kiat Seng and Pedro ArezesYeo Kiat Seng and Pedro Arezes

The second meeting was held at the Create Campus of Singapore at the headquarters of SMART, the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. Pedro Arezes met with Janelle Thompson, the Associate Director for Outreach and Principal Investigator at the Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling. SMART is a major research enterprise established by the MIT in partnership with the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF) in 2007 (following previous cooperation through the Singapore-MIT Alliance established in 1998). SMART is MIT's first, and to-date only, research centre outside the United States. It is also MIT's largest international research programme. This program involves research at MIT faculty research laboratories in Singapore, mentoring postdoctoral associates and graduate students, and collaboration with researchers from several universities, research institutes and industries in Singapore and Asia.

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The goal of this visit to Singapore was to get in touch with other similar MIT international partners and their management structures. The visit allowed also to outreach the planned (and ongoing) activities of MPP 2030, which will be developed during the 3rd phase of the partnership, between 2018 and 2030.

During the meetings the managers of the international partnerships discussed also the different partnership models and explored the possibility to set a network that can be used to share good practices and ideas among them. These meetings also served to pave the ground for the establishment of some kind of exchange programs for Portuguese and Singaporeans students and faculty.

MIT/OECD meeting: Towards effective science-industry co-creation

Pedro ArezesMIT Portugal director, Pedro Arezes, was at the OECD Conference Center, in Paris, this December 5th, to participate in the workshop "Towards effective science-industry co-creation".

This workshop, organized jointly by the Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP) and the MIT Innovation Initiative, explored the emerging practices of science-industry co-creation and, against this background explore the question: what are the policy principles and practices of effective science-industry co-creation? The workshop was planned in the context of, and contributes to, the TIP “Assessing the Impacts of Knowledge Transfer and Policy” project and to future planned TIP work on this topic.

With this initiative, MIT Portugal in the quality of its director aims to share insights on how to increase and consolidate the different forms of interaction from where industry and scientists and civil society can work together with the goals of co-creating new knowledge and technologies and, ultimately, solutions for the challenges imposed to the society of today and tomorrow.

More information about this initiative can be found here:

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