There are several funding programmes focused on innovation that count with the industry involvement and the participation of the scientific and technological community. We highlight:
- National Strategic Reference Framework (QREN, 2007/2013);
- 7th Framework Programme (FP7);
- European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT);
- Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP);
We also highlight the opportunities associated with the programmes and the technological and product or service opportunities created within international organisations for sciences and technology - such as ESA, CERN, ESO, ITER and others. Their acquisition policies involve technological and engineering challenges that demand cooperation between the industry and research institutes, and through these many companies significantly improve their technological competence and their activity on the international markets. The Faculty of Sciences has been strongly involved in ESA, ESO and CERN activities.
At the national level, most innovation programmes are funded by the National Strategic Reference Framework (QREN, 2007/2013) and managed by the Innovation Agency.
- The Faculty of Sciences has several ongoing projects led by the industry and with funding from QREN. For reasons of financial accountability, all these agreements must be entered into with the Faculty of Sciences.
The 7th Framework Programme (FP7) is the main EU innovation funding programme. Structured into four main areas (Cooperation, Ideas, Competences and People), the programme has many cooperation formats between the industry and research, promoting a slow transition from basic knowledge to the resolution of different problems.
- The Faculty of Sciences has several ongoing projects funded by FP7, some led by researchers from the Faculty. In such cases, the agreements may be entered into with FCUL or the FCUL Foundation.
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), formed under the Lisbon Strategy in March 2008, aims at creating a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators by promoting thematic integrated structures, the so called Knowledge and Innovation Communities or KIF, of which three have already been established:
- Climate change mitigation (Climate-KIC);
- Information and Communication Technologies (EIT ICT Labs);
- Sustainable Energies (KIC InnoEnergy).
EIT's mission is to - by integrating all three sides of the Knowledge triangle (higher education, research and business) in areas relevant to society - facilitate the following:
Idea ► Product
Lab ► Market
Student ► Entrepreneur
The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) is targeted at small and medium-sized companies and it supports innovation activities (including eco-innovation), facilitating access to funding and delivering business management support. It also promotes the use of renewable energies and energy efficiency.
CIP is divided into three operational programmes:
- The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP);
- The Information Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT-PSP);
- The Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (IEE);
EUREKA aims to raise European productivity and competitiveness through technology, boost national economies on the international market and promote sustainable prosperity and employment. The National Contact is the Agência de Inovação S.A..