UNI+i is a cross-border cooperation project between Northern Portugal and Castilla y León for the impulse of innovative entrepreneurship and competitiveness between companies. The main objective of UNI+i is reinforce the cooperation between the R&D&I responsible institutions in Castilla y León and Northern Portugal to create and develop innovative companies in comunication common strategic sectors in the Cooperation Area.




Interreg Europe


The main objective of the Helium project is to increase the efficiency of public funding dedicated to innovation in health. In order to do so, regions need to know what the greatest weaknesses are in their innovation systems and how to strengthen them, so that this can result in a large-scale, accessible, attractive and "connected" sustainable experimental landscape. This may be achieved by taking advantage of the potential of "living labs" which increase the chances of health innovations to be commercially successful. The results of the project will benefit all actors in the quadruple helix, namely public authorities, by improving their ability to manage innovation in health; research and business centers, by improving the opportunities to develop innovation; healthcare providers in achieving more efficient and innovative solutions; as well as individuals, by involving them in the innovation process and allowing them to expose their needs and use the new technologies.



NOE - Noroeste Empreendedor

Compete 2020



NOE - Noroeste Empreendedor aims to support entrepreneurs in the Northwest Region of Portugal. This is done through the provision of a set of initiatives, tools and mechanisms that allow for the auscultation, validation, implementation and acceleration of business ideas in order to create new companies geared towards the global market in sectors considered to be emerging. This support is the result of the experience and know-how of the Universities of Porto, Minho and Aveiro, which, in the scope of this application, will join forces in the pursuit of a common goal. With the implementation of NOE, we intend to guarantee an effective and constant follow-up to the entrepreneurs, namely through the collection of information on the impact of entrepreneurship in the community, the provision of consulting and mentoring services, as well as access to networks and partners with recognized knowledge and experience. 



U.Norte Inova


Portugal 2020


U.Norte Inova is a project designed to promote innovation among Portuguese companies and industries. It arises within the scope of the consortium which, based on the Regional Strategy for Intelligent Specialization developed by the CCDR-N (Comission for the Coordination and Development of the Norte Region), aims to bring together the supply and demand of knowledge and enhance innovation in the business scape, especially in the northern part of the country.



BIP - Business Ignition Programme


Portugal 2020


Business Ignition Program - BIP - is a technology acceleration program aimed at validating a viable business model and enhancing its transformation into new products / services / processes. The application submitted to Norte 2020 was approved to support three editions of the BIP, focusing on the retail area. The consortium of the project is made up of the partners U.Porto Inovação, INESC TEC and CIIMAR


SOLA - Spin-off Lean Acceleration





Spin-off Lean Acceleration (SOLA) is an international project to strengthen the capacity of universities to encourage the creation of knowledge-based spin-offs and startups. Led by RedEmprendia and with the financial support of the European Union's Erasmus + program, the project brings together the experience and knowledge of eight universities in Europe and Latin America with the aim of outlining and implementing a training path for the technical staff of the incubators and university support centers for entrepreneurship. The SOLA modules deal with strategic issues for the development of spin-offs and university startups such as: intellectual property, internationalization, financing, quality certifications, strategic redefinition or lean startup methodology.




Portugal 2020 aims to identify and support a new generation of startups, with a genetic code marked by "Born Global", based on some priority areas defined within the scope of the regional strategy of intelligent specialization. This is a project developed in co-promotion with the University of Porto and TECMINHO, materializing in this way the desirable cooperation between players whose activity is complemented, having an important history in the promotion of entrepreneurship of high potential and creation of qualified employment always with a vision and ambition on a global scale. 




TEJ - Towards a University Enterprise alliance in Jordan

Tempus IV




The importance of relations between universities and their socio-economic environment has become a topical issue in Europe in the last 20 years, and has also been stressed within the implementation of the Bologna process. Whereas in most European countries, relations between Universities and enterprises have been developed and intensified during the past decade, Jordanian Universities are currently only starting to create strategies and instruments in this domain. The project is aimed at stimulating the development of a Jordanian university enterprise cooperation culture, by promoting good practice for implementing university based enterprise liaison offices in 8 Jordanian Universities, creation of capacities in human resources, promoting of coherent information and communication strategies among the Universities’ communities and within the local business environment as well as providing necessary strategic input for the creation of long-term partnerships and collaborative research with enterprises.




INTERREG IV B - Atlantic Area Programme


STAMAR Project aims to improve the competiveness and innovation capacity of SMEs in the Atlantic Area maritime sector by facilitating technology transfer processes through the creation of a transnational demonstration centre of capacities and technologies which are applicable to the maritime industry, paying special attention to those technologies which favour an environmental sustainable development. 



NanoValor – Creation of competitiveness cluster in Nanotechnology for the capitalization of the R&DT in the Eurozone North of Portugal-Galiza

POCTEP- Program of trans-border Cooperation Spain-Portugal


The main mission of the Nanovalor Project is to strengthen the institutional links between the key Nanotechnology actors in Northern Portugal and Galicia through the formalization and creation of a Competitiveness Cluster (Pólo de Competitividade - PCT). Specifically, it aims to involve the private sector, in general, and the industrial ecosystem, in particular, in the valuation and capitalization of Nanotechnology  Research and Development (R&D) in the Northern Portugal-Galicia Euroregion. This would strategically boost genuine regional cooperation to turn Nanotechnology into a major economic and social development tool of the Euroregion and to create an innovative development platform based on a dynamic Competitiveness Cluster, resulting in a clear collective strategic commitment to counteract the lack of size and experience of most companies in the exploration and appreciation of the potential of Nanotechnology. Nanovalor’s main activities include: the analysis, adaptation and transfer of replicable methodologies for the promotion and development of nanotechnology; developing more effective technology transfer models (adapted to Nanotechnology and the Euroregion); creating a Competitiveness Cluster dedicated to nanotechnology; establishing Nanotechnology R&D and innovation communities





The main objective of the GAPI 3.0 project is to promote entrepreneurship and business creation among students and young researchers of the National Scientific and Technological System (Sistema Científico e Tecnológico Nacional - SCTN) through the following strategic objectives (SO): SO #1 "Ideas & Skills": Fostering the necessary entrepreneurial skills in young researchers and women to realise their ideas/projects, preferably in areas with high economic potential (technological and advanced services). SO #2 "Technology transfer & university spin-offs": Early-stage identification of technologies and research results that have the potential to be transformed into competitive products. SO #3 "Innovation & Business Models": Promotion of innovation as a means of assertion in the market(s) when setting up new technology- and science-based companies.


MARECON.PT - Translating marine science into products and services for the Portuguese economy



The objective of is to allow for the identification/evaluation of technologies resulting from the three R&D projects of the Integrated Programme of Scientific Research & Technological Development (Investigação Científica & Desenvolvimento Tecnológico - IC&DT) (AQUAIMPROV, MARBIOTECH, ECORISK) in order to outline valorisation and commercialisation strategies and promote entrepreneurship in marine research. It aims to maximise the economic potential of R&D results.



KTForce - Knowledge Transfer joint forces for efficient innovation policies




The KTForce project involves partners from 6 different European regions (Portugal, Ireland, France, Germany, Romania and Lithuania) and aims at improving innovation policies in each partner region by taking advantage of the experience, at an operational level, of the technology transfer (TT) offices. In order to achieve relevant results, the partnership was developed involving two types of partners per region: an operational partner, specifically TT offices, and a local or regional authority, responsible for designing and/or implementing the recommendations to improve innovation policy design, identified during the project.


KIMERAA - Knowledge transfer to Improve Marine Economy in Regions from the Atlantic Area

INTERREG IV B - Atlantic Area Programme




KIMERAA aimed to develop niches of excellence through the creation of bridges between the scientific organisations and firms related with maritime and marine resources. To this goal, it was necessary to articulate knowledge transfer channels in the regions in the Atlantic Area, connecting different institutional actors that intervene in the Marine and Maritime Economy.





The project Rumo@Europa aims to raise awareness, enhance and support the participation of companies, mainly technology-based, in applying to the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7 R&TD) of the European Union, by facilitating access to important financial resources funded by international programmes for R&TD, as well as access to knowledge and internationalisation by participating in international networks and consortia in these areas.



GAPI – Department of Support and Promotion of Intellectual Property

GAPI Network

GAPI is a structure dedicated to providing information services and promoting industrial property, with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of Portuguese institutions by encouraging the protection of Industrial Property Rights.



OTIC@UP - Workshop for the transfer of technology and knowledge

Pos Conhecimento (AdI)

The mission of the OTIC of the University of Porto is to foster innovation through the valorisation of U.Porto’s research results, namely through identifying and protecting intellectual property, fostering technology transfer, creating spin-offs and promoting entrepreneurial training.

SUSTENTEC – Transfer and Incorporation of Sustainable Technologies

Operação Norte - 1.4. Valorização e Promoção Regional e Local

SUSTENTEC is dedicated to the creation of an international forum for discussing, debating and sharing knowledge, methods and information on current trends and best practices in the use of "clean" technologies and their application and implementation in industrial processes.


Tech SME Partnering

FP6-INNOVATION INNOVATION-2005-1.2.3 Fostering coordination of national and sub-national innovation programmes. 

With 12 European regions represented within a 15-partner consortium, the mission of this European project is to bring together leaders in Research and Technology Development with innovative small- and medium-sized companies and investors, with the purpose of establishing value-added partnerships, making the development of technology alliances and investments more accessible and effective.


Viver a Inovação

COTEC Portugal


Through the U.Porto Entrepreneurship project “Viver a Inovação”, the University intends to offer all members of its community, whether they be students, teachers or researchers, an opportunity to experience the process of innovation and entrepreneurship first hand.






The European Researchers' Night (ERN) brings scientists and the general public together to interact within a relaxed atmosphere. The exchange of ideas and experiences that ERN provides aims to contribute towards building a “healthier” image of researchers among the general public and to demonstrate that science is not as complicated as one might think.

Os projetos em que a U.Porto Inovação participou foram os seguintes:

  • Researchers' Night 2008 - SCIENTISTSACROSSPORTUGAL - Closing the gaps between researchers and the large public; 
  • Researchers' Night 2009 - SETTINGTHESTAGE - Setting the stage in Portugal: researchers and the public come together through theatre; 
  • Researchers' Night 2010 - SETTINGTHESTAGE II - Setting a New Stage in Portugal: Researchers and the public come together through Arts and Sports; 
  • Researchers' Night 2011 - SOS - Science on Screen


European Satellite Navigation Competition

Galileo-EGNOS Prize Award Scheme


The ESNC project aims to become the largest international innovation network in the area of satellite navigation ecosystem. The network organises an annual contest that rewards the best services, products or business innovations in satellite navigation research.


GAPI 2.0



To promote the competitiveness of the Portuguese economy by incorporating and valuing the knowledge generated by companies, entrepreneurs, and institutions of higher education and of the scientific system through fostering technology-based entrepreneurship and promoting and supporting the use of the ‘Intellectual Property (IP) System’ among the aforementioned economic agents.



Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

CIP Competitiveness and Innovation Programme



Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border programme that gives young or aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to travel to another participating country to acquire the knowledge they need to manage small businesses from experienced entrepreneurs. The exchange of experiences takes place during the new entrepreneur’s stay with the experienced entrepreneur, allowing him/her to acquire the necessary skills needed to run a small business. The host entrepreneur benefits from gaining novel perspectives on their business and has the opportunity to cooperate with foreign partners or to acquire knowledge of new markets. The stay is partially funded by the European Union. Whether you are a new entrepreneur or an experienced entrepreneur, the programme may provide a strong added value to your business: the possible benefits include the exchange of knowledge and experiences, networking opportunities across Europe and new business relationships within overseas markets.