The architecture of the Faculty of Sciences R&D System

The Faculty of Sciences carries out research in the following areas:

  • Chemical Sciences and Technologies
  • Life Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • History and Philosophy of Sciences

The architecture of the Faculty of Sciences R&D System, which was reorganised as from the beginning of 2015 following the FCT assessment process that started in 2013, has a complex structure in regards to the relationship between units and departments or to the participation of other external R&D entities.

Research is organised in R&D multi-departmental units, named centres, laboratories and institutes.

Most of the units are funded by the FCT. Some units have been merged with Associated Laboratories (Instituto Dom Luiz) or other higher education institutions. Several dozen researchers also work with other units that are not associated with the Faculty of Sciences.

Besides the units associated with the FCT, the Faculty of Sciences also has Knowledge and Technology Transfer units whose funding is fully raised through R&D and engineering agreements, as well as some functionally independent R&D units that operate within different Departments.

The Foundation of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon manages the majority of R&D projects and agreements.