R&D Classifiers

The Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty's Foundation must often produce statistical data and facts relating to its R&D activity: research projects that are the responsibility of researchers.

Both institutions coordinate efforts with the University of Lisbon, with whom they consolidate their accounts.

Data must also be produced to answer official annual surveys - namely the Survey on the National and Scientific Potential (IPCTN).

In order to rationally and steadily cluster information, taxonomies are followed to give coherence to data associated with R&D activity. The following must be mentioned:

Project scientific areas and their socio-economic objectives
Programmes and sources of national or international funding
Nature of contracting entities
TRL - Technological Readiness Levels [Wikipedia] [NASA]


These taxonomies are core tables of the Faculty and the Foundation project management system. In particular, the tables of scientific areas and socio-economic objectives are the taxonomies of Australia and New Zealand (last revision in 2008).

The TRL scale (Technological Readiness Levels) is used internationally in technology and system development programmes and it helps reducing subjectivity in the assessment of the maturity of a technology or system. Although initially created for defence technologies, it quickly spread into aerospace and other fields.

Most of times, project managers are able to adequately characterise each project. Nevertheless, head researchers are requested to draw their best attention to the validation of these indicators as from the initial moment of filing the beginning of the financial life of a project with the Foundation or the Faculty, with the establishment of the project's Cost Centre. Those classifications will enable the creation, on the FUNDUS system, of consolidated lists of all of those involved in the R&D activity: researchers, units, departments and Faculty. 


Classification of scientific areas / keywords used by International Scientific Societies

American Mathematical Society (AMS) - 2010 Subject Classification (MSC2010)
American Institute of Physics (AIP) - Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme (PACS 2010)
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Computing Classification System (1998 version, valid through 2012) - (IEEE Computer Society Keywords)