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Research Ecosystem - R&D Structures

U.Porto has an extensive scientific research structure, providing the entire University ecosystem with the ideal conditions for research, development and innovation activities.

Introduction to Research and Development Structures

The R&D+i ecosystem at U.Porto is internally structured around its Organic Units, associated Research Institutes, and Operational and Competence Centres. Externally, it participates in Associated Laboratories (ALs) and Collaborative Laboratories (CoLABs), as well as Research Infrastructures that form part of the Foundation for Science and Technology’s (FCT) National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures of Strategic Relevance (RNIE), among others.

This dynamic structure, which covers several research areas, is committed to supporting and encouraging the production of knowledge that responds to today's main scientific and societal challenges.

Organisational Units

The mission of the Organic Units (faculties) is not only teaching and training, but also research, in the areas of their specific attributions. The U.Porto comprises 14 faculties spread across the three poles of the campus (Polo 1, Baixa; Polo 2, Asprela; Polo 3, Campo Alegre).

In addition to the faculties, there is also an internationally recognized business school - Porto Business School.

Associated Research Institutes

The U.Porto has 11 Research Institutes associated, which enhance the creation of knowledge and innovation. In addition to the University, other public and private entities participate in these institutes, which favours the connection of U.Porto's R&D+i activities to the community.

Some of these institutes are also part of Associated Laboratories, research structures geared towards pursuing the Portuguese Government’s science and technology policy.

Some of these institutes are also inserted in Associated Laboratories, research structures oriented to the pursuit of scientific and technological policy of the Portuguese Government.

Operational and Competence Centres

U.Porto also has Operational and Competence Centres, which provide support services for R&D+i activities in different subject areas (from materials to cybersecurity, ageing to biomechanics), aside from consolidating the existing knowledge and skills at the University.

Associated Laboratories

The R&D+i ecosystem at U.Porto, through its R&D Units, includes 17 Associated Laboratories recognised by FCT in fields related to Biomedicine, Molecular and Cellular Biology, the Agricultural and Agrifood Sciences, Veterinary Science, Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, Marine Science, Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Biotechnological Engineering, Physics, and Artificial Intelligence.

The associated laboratories constitute consortiums between R&D+i institutions that aim to encourage the aggregation and organisation of human and material resources with the necessary quality and dimension to respond to the specific objectives of national scientific and technological policy:

Collaborative Laboratories

U.Porto participates in 22 Collaborative Laboratories (CoLABs) recognized by FCT, in eleven thematic areas: Health; Social Services; Materials, Circular Economy and Urban Sustainability; Agro-food; Energy and Sustainability; Biodiversity and Forests; Digital and Information Systems; Climate, Spaces and Oceans; Energy, Green Hydrogen; Valorization and Transfer of Water Technology; Data Science and Innovation Services.

MORE, CECOLAB (eCoLab), +Atlantic, CoLABVines&Wines, BIOREF (ProBiorefinery), CoLab4Food, ProChild, NET4CO2, B2E, VG CoLAB, BUILT CoLAB, FeedInov, ForestWISE, SeLAB (CSESI Hub), VORTEX, 4LifeLab, HyLAB, AquaValor, Data Colab, WATER-CoRe, RAIL CoLAB e ARCP consist of private non-profit associations that bring academia and industry closer together, creating synergies that facilitate and drive the transfer of knowledge generated in academia to the market.

Portuguese Roadmap of Research Infrastructures

The U.Porto integrates 24 research infrastructures of FCT's RNIE, in eight thematic areas: Social Sciences and Humanities; Physical Sciences and Engineering; Environmental Sciences; Biological and Medical Sciences; Materials and Analytical Laboratories; Energy; Digital Infrastructures; Health and Food.

These infrastructures include platforms, resources and services available to the scientific community, offering large-scale equipment and other scientific instruments, collections, archives and data, computing systems and communication networks. They also seek to foster digital open access, with a view to stimulating excellence in research and technological development activities.