The participation of the U.Porto in research networks, in addition to fostering the development of scientific knowledge of researchers and promoting the integration and relationship of the scientific community of the U.Porto with other internationally recognised counterparts, is one of the main components of the internationalisation strategy of the U.Porto.
The ecosystem of the U.Porto has more than 250 participations in COST Actions, which mobilize several hundred researchers from the University in the areas of Arts and Humanities, Engineering Sciences and Technology, Exact Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences and Social Sciences.
In order to strengthen Europe's innovation capacity, the U.Porto's R&D ecosystem is also present in 5 of the EIT's Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), in the areas of Information and communication technology of the future (EIT Digital); Innovation for healthy living and active ageing (EIT Health); Sustainable energy (InnoEnergy); Value added reduction (EIT Manufacturing); Raw materials (EIT Raw Materials), Urban mobility (EIT Urban Mobility), and Cultural and creative industries (EIT Culture and Creativity).
At the level of research partnerships, the U.Porto also follows and participates in public-private partnerships of European scope, as is the case of the European Innovation Partnerships or the Joint Technological Initiatives, which aim to contribute to the increase of investment in research, promoting synergies between the public and private sectors, and enabling the participation of researchers from the U.Porto in large collaborative projects with the most advanced and recognized international laboratories and companies.
The integration of the U.Porto in these international networks, in addition to boosting the growing internationalisation of research "made in U.Porto", enhances scientific quality and the ability to raise funding for the various R&D activities of the U.Porto.