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Research Support - Support Services

U.Porto’s R&D+i activities mobilise various structures that provide support services to the academic community.

Introduction to the Support Services

With highly specialised staff in supporting research, innovation, projects and fundraising, the research support structures at U.Porto are available to support the entire ecosystem at the various stages of the scientific process, dedicating themselves to the following main functions:

  • Characterise, follow and monitor activities in U.Porto's R&D+i ecosystem
  • Monitor scientific production
  • Identification of opportunities and technical support for competitive funding applications
  • Supervise financial execution and report funded projects
  • Valorise and transfer research results
  • Carry out mobility actions
  • Provide tools or resources that support research activities
  • Provide assistance in issues related to personal data protection

Research and Projects Service (SIP)

Research and Projects Service

The Research and Projects Service is the central support structure for R&D activities at the University of Porto. Its mission is to support the University's research policy and strategy, promote internal and inter-institutional relationships and ensure funding for R&D projects at the U.Porto.

Consisting of the Research Support and Project Support Units, SIP constantly cooperates and operates in synergy with U.Porto’s research ecosystem in order to support and promote R&D+i at the University.

Management of Funded Projects

Management of Funded Projects Unit

The Funded Projects Management Unit under Shared Services supports lecturers and researchers in administrative, economic and financial management of R&D+i projects in which U.Porto is a coordinator or partner.

U.Porto Innovation

U.Porto Innovation

U.Porto Innovation is the central structure geared to support the University’s innovation value chain, promoting the transfer of knowledge, and strengthening the connection between the institution and businesses.

This means that U.Porto Innovation focuses on the promotion and development of research undertaken at the University, the entrepreneurship of the academic community, and the growing interface with businesses.

International Relations Office

International Relations Office

The International Relations Office is tasked with centrally supporting U.Porto’s internationalisation strategy.

In particular, the IRO promotes cooperation between U.Porto and national and foreign higher education institutions, supporting student, lecturer, researcher and staff mobility, drives the University’s participation in international education and training programmes and projects (in particular under the Erasmus+ Programme), and boosts the international promotion of the institution and the training and education it offers through a variety of events and other initiatives.

Data Protection Unit

Data Protection Unit

The Data Protection Unit assumes the mission of ensuring the compliance of the U.Porto with the applicable legislation on personal data protection, including data provided within the scope of research work.

To this end, the UPD provides support to the academic community in matters of data protection, including compliance with the main standards in the management of data provided to the U.Porto community and advice, guidance and provision of documents that ensure compliance with the legislation in force by members of the U.Porto.

Quality and Assessment Office

Quality and Assessment Office

The Quality and Assessment Office fosters and consolidates a culture of quality at U.Porto while monitoring the institutional assessment processes.

The QAO obtains and provides information related to the monitoring of U.Porto’s scientific production and performance, contributing to the high quality of the University’s management.

University of Porto Digital


The mission of the University of Porto Digital is to design, provide and manage the technological infrastructures, information systems and information and communication technology services at the University of Porto.

Together with the Documentation and Information Management Unit, these services provide various technological infrastructures, tools and resources to support the University's research activities.


These central support structures work in close proximity and articulation with the services and local support offices of the faculties of the U.Porto. This networking ensures the best conditions for a closer and more effective support to the entire research community of the U.Porto, maximizing the potential of the R&D+i activities of the ecosystem.