R&D overall

R&D Units

Total: 16

  • Excellent: 9
  • Very Good: 5
  • Good: 2

More than 80% of the FCT NOVA R&D Units evaluated with Excellent or Very Good by FCT

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R&D Projects

Ongoing (2019): 359 (72M €)

  • European Union: 26%
  • National: 74%

Publications (2015 - 2018)

ISI WOS: 3738 (3571 articles)

Scopus: 4123 (3681 articles) 


FCT NOVA has a vast experience in cutting-edge research, development and innovation (R&D+I) due to its multidisciplinary nature and investment in fundamental and applied research in diverse areas (from materials, environment, biotechnologies, conservation and restoration, IT technology, artificial intelligence, circular economy, raw materials, among others).

FCT NOVA is organized into 14 Departments and 14 Research Support Services, with qualified infrastructures and facilities, 16 Research Units (evaluated by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, 3 of them as Exceptional and 4 as Excellent), a spin-off incubator (Madan Parque), an interface institute (UNINOVA) and a structure dedicated to R&D+I project management (NOVA.ID.FCT).




Project participation


Research for Excellency

The research activity of FCT NOVA is recognized by the European Research Council (ERC), which supports outstanding researchers with pioneering ideas and is highly competitive. Until now FCT NOVA has obtained 8 ERC Scholarships, which attests the College's involvement in cutting-edge international research.

Following the country's growing commitment to development, FCT NOVA is also involved in nine collaborative laboratories (COLABs).

FCT NOVA has a unit dedicated to promote Research and Innovation Accelerator (RIA), which provides support to the whole cycle of innovation, from the genesis of an idea to its application in the market, contributing to the creation of  value of the School.