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R&D - What do we research?

The Research developed at FPCEUP is particularly relevant and contributes to constant scientific and pedagogical updating.

Over the years, FPCEUP has become a constant presence in the various competitions carried out by public and private entities that promote research, having positioned itself among the 3 Organic Units of the University of Porto with the largest number of funded research projects underway.

This result reflects the effort led by the Research and Development Units (UI), as well as the activity carried out by the different Laboratories and other research structures based at FPCEUP.

The Research and Development Units are both funded by FCT and have enhanced, in addition to scientific quality, a growing capacity to raise funding for new R&D+i projects

At this level, between 2018 and 2022, FPCEUP contracted a total of 142 new R&D projects, with funding raised in excess of 16.6 million euros.

In building this institutional culture for the promotion of research and in order to encourage the participation of 1st year students in scientific research activities, the FPCEUP also offers a Scientific Research Initiation Program (InIt).

Sustainable Development Goals

FPCEUP researchers work in teams that promote interdisciplinarity and are committed to finding answers to major global and societal challenges, in alignment with the priorities of European development programs, especially the Horizon Europe research and innovation program and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations Agenda 2030.

This alignment demonstrates the FPCEUP's absolute commitment to promoting the principles of sustainable development through teaching, research and innovation.

Of the total of 17 SDGs, FPCEUP research is most particularly aligned with the following goals:

  • SDG 3 — Quality health;
  • SDG 4 — Quality Education;
  • SDG 5 — Gender Equality;
  • SDG 13 — Climate Action;
  • SDG 10 — Reducing Inequalities;
  • SDG 11 — Sustainable Cities and Communities.