Carnegie Mellon Portugal had already released its list yesterday but only at the end of the day did the group of all new R&D projects that will be supported under the Go Portugal initiative become known, in co-promotion with companies and involving partnerships with the University of Austin, Carnegie Mellon and MIT. In all, the 25 projects will receive a financing of 55.2 million euros for the next 3 years, adding investment from American universities, companies and European funds.
The Go Portugal Global Science and Technology Partnerships Portugal initiative follows up the partnerships established with the three North American universities still in 2006 and the projects are defined according to the specialty area of each one.
According to the shared information, the selected projects cover the areas of Data Science; Advanced Computing; Digital Transformation in Industry; Sustainable Cities; Space-Earth interactions in the Atlantic, Climate Change, Medical Physics and Nanomaterials. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education points out that, in the area of Space-Earth interactions, the approved projects are particularly relevant for the strengthening of the International Research Center for the Atlantic AIR center (Atlantic International Research Center) and the Atlantic Interactions agenda.
The 25 projects chosen within the scope of Go Portugal involve 34 companies and 27 entities from the National Scientific and Technological System, and the national companies took the lead in collaborative networks and projects, with the aim of modernizing the economic fabric and accelerating the innovation process in Portugal in partnership with researchers from CMU, MIT and UTA.
In partnership with the University of Texas in Austin, 11 projects will be developed, which receive a total funding of 21.9 million euros, where the North American university contributes 7.8 million. The project areas are focused on the development of new technologies in the field of the automotive and space industries, advanced computing and the applications of medicine and biotechnology.
In the case of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), 10 R&D projects were approved, with a total financing of 21 million euros, where the university participates with 6.2 million. Here the emphasis is given to the areas of Science and Data Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Design and Engineering applied to Social Problems and Mobility and Autonomy, responding to problems in the health sectors, forest fire prevention, data management, and simultaneous translation .
In connection with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), only 4 R&D projects were approved, with a total funding of 12.2 million euros, with the participation of 2.7 million by the North American university. The focus is on the areas of Digital Transformation in the Manufacturing Industry and Sustainable Cities, including communication networks, involving 5G communications and innovative digital transformation processes.
The financing of the projects is scheduled for three years and from the 55.2 million euros to 16.7 million euros are provided by North American universities, while 7.7 million are business self-financing. There is also co-financing of European funds, through the COMPETE 2020 Program (11.5 M), the North PO (4.3 M), the Centro PO (2.5 M), the Lisbon PO (5.3 M), with an additional contribution by Fundao for Science and Technology (FCT), of 7.2 million euros.
The bases of the partnership with North American universities were launched in 2006 by Minister Mariano Gago, and the first to advance was that of MIT Portugal, with a strong connection to Portuguese companies, but the University of Carnegie Mellone followed in 2007, the University from Austin, Texas. Partnerships have been renewed over the years, in addition to cooperation on projects with companies and research institutes, have also welcomed more than 1,500 Portuguese students.