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  • Three COPELABS researchers have been ranked among the most influential researchers in the world

    Three COPELABS researchers have been ranked among the most influential researchers in the world according to a database created by Journal Plos Biology. The study carried out at Stanford University, in the USA, is published every year and assesses researchers in two different perspectives: one assessing scientists for career-long citation impact and another assessing scientists for single-year impact up until the end of 2020.
  • Lusófona University's Research Featured in The Guardian!

    Lusófona University's groundbreaking research on transforming atmospheric humidity into renewable energy has gained international recognition! The Guardian recently featured their project, Catcher, which aims to revolutionize energy generation using air moisture. Led by Professor Svitlana Lyubchyk and her twin sons, the team has made remarkable progress, developing a compact device capable of generating electricity. They aim to have a prototype ready by 2024, with the potential to generate 10 kilowatt-hours of energy per day, equivalent to the average power consumption of a UK household.

  • FilmEU awarded Horizon Europe Project

    Lusófona University and FilmEU are thrilled to announce its successful bid, WIRE FilmEU, for the HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-ACCESS-03-01 call, funded by Horizon Europe. The proposal was promoted by the FilmEU Alliance, and aims to drive Research & Innovation capacity building efforts within the alliance, with a specific focus on the participating widening countries.

  • COW Wins €5 Million Grant from EU for Urban Innovation Project in Rovereto

    COW has won the most prestigious grant from the EU for urban innovation, the flagship European Urban Initiative (EUI), with a €5 million grant. COFAC is a key partner in the project as via the Center for Other Worlds its researchers provide expertise on New European Bauhaus values and working principles.


    Research Center for Biosciences & Health Technologies


    Centro de Estudos Avançados em Direito Francisco Suárez


    Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Education and Development


    Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture, and New Technologies


    Research group in Sports behavior, Physical Education, and Exercise and Health Sciences


    Research Centre for Social Work and Social Intervention


    Centro de Investigação em Computação Centrada nas Pessoas e Cognição


    Center for Other Worlds


    Research Center for Industrial Engineering, Management and Sustainability


    Human Environment Interaction Lab


    Lusófona Centre on Global Challenges


    Research Center for Territory, Architecture and Environment


    The Transdisciplinary Research Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

    Erasmus Mundus has granted approval for an innovative Master's Degree program known as Bio.Natural - Chemistry of Natural Bioactives. This cutting-edge two-year international initiative is a collaborative effort involving distinguished institutions, including Lusófona University - COFAC/ULHT (Portugal), Università degli Studi di Siena - UNISI (Italy), Zagreb University - UniZG (Croatia), and Ruđer Bošković Institute - RBI (Croatia). Delivered entirely in English, the program aims to cultivate competitive specialists in natural products chemistry, focusing on the development and commercialization of bioactive products derived from natural sources, with applications in pharmaceuticals, dermocosmetics, medical devices, and dietary supplements.

    Projects results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

    Hop on Facility

    28 September de 2023

    The Hop On Facility allows for legal entities from low R&I performing countries to join already selected collaborative R&I actions, subject to the agreement of the respective consortium and provided that legal entities from such countries are not yet participating in it. The scheme aims to improve the inclusiveness of Horizon Europe by involving more research institutions from Widening countries under Horizon Europe Pillar 2 and EIC Pathfinder actions.

    We support interregional cooperation projects.

    Our projects bring together policy organisations from at least three different countries in the 27 EU member states, Norway and Switzerland. For four years, they learn from each other and work together on a shared policy issue.

    FCT is a member of the new co-funded European Partnership THCS - Transforming Health and Care Systems. This partnership aims to coordinate and optimize research and innovation efforts in Europe and its partner countries supporting health and care systems transformation.

    Research Incentives

    Securing funding for the R&D initiatives is one of the key factors for the success of a science policy. In this context, Lusófona University regularly seeks to attract funding, be it from national public sources, like FCT or the P2020 programme, or from European programmes such as H2020, Erasmus+, and Creative Europe, or also from national and European private entities with which it partners in R&D and knowledge transfer initiatives.

    Seed Funding

    The Lusophone Institute for Research and Development created the Seed Funding ILIND Programme. Its goal is to support and recognise initiatives and projects that reinforce interdisciplinarity and experiment crossover between the different fields of knowledge, so as to foster the development of research activities and excellence among the researchers of the R&D units of the Lusófona Group, funded by FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology.

    Fazer +

    The FAZER + Programme is a Science and Innovation Support Scheme. Its goal is to support and recognize activities and projects that reinforce the research and innovation capabilities within the institutions of the Ensino Lusófona Group.

    Financiamento Nacional

    Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

    The Foundation undertakes a vast activity in Portugal and abroad, within the framework of its statutory purposes, through direct initiatives, subsidies and scholarships. It has an Orchestra and a Choir, which perform throughout the year within the scope of a regular season; it hosts solo and collective exhibitions of Portuguese and foreign artists; it organizes international conferences, symposiums, courses; it awards subsidies and scholarships for specialist studies and doctorates in Portugal and abroad; it supports programmes and projects of a scientific, educational and artistic nature; it carries out an intense publishing activity, especially through the publishing of university textbooks; it promotes and stimulates projects to aid development in Portuguese-speaking African countries and East Timor; it fosters the Portuguese culture abroad; it carries out a programme to preserve evidence of the Portuguese presence in the world.

    Financiamento Internacional

    COST – European Cooperation in The Field Of Scientific and Technical Research


    COST’s mission is to strengthen scientific and technical research in Europe by supporting cooperation and interaction among European researchers. Its goal is to maximise European synergy and added-value in non-competitive, pre- normative research. The funds made available by COST support the coordination costs of research networks (Actions), the research of which is funded nationally.

    Financiamento Internacional


    The Ibero-Americano Programme on Science and Technology for Development (CYTED) was created in 1984 through an Inter-Institutional Agreement signed by 19 countries in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. CYTED is defined as an inter-governmental programme for multilateral cooperation in Science and Technology, which comprehends different perspectives and visions to foster cooperation in research and innovation for the development of the Ibero- American region.

    Financiamento Internacional

    Erasmus PLUS

    The ERASMUS + programme aims to overcome the current European crisis, bridging the socio-economic gaps Europe is facing in the present decade, namely the social disintegration and inequality, especially among the youth. Through initiatives in the fields of education, training, youth and sport, it aims to boostgrowth and development of jobs, as well as train workers capable of undertaking them, taking special care to create funding and mobility opportunities.

    Financiamento Nacional

    FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

    FCT’s mission is to promote continuously the advancement of knowledge in science and technology in Portugal, exploring opportunities that emerge in all scientific and technological domains, so as to attain the highest international standards of knowledge production, as well as stimulating its dissemination and contributing to the improvement of education, health and environment, to the quality of living and the wellbeing of all citizens.

    Financiamento Internacional

    Fundação "La Caixa"

    The “la Caixa” Foundation is a non-profit organization which has been working daily to ensure a more egalitarian society since the 20 th century, fighting inequalities and promoting the wellbeing of society, in general, and, in particular, of the more disadvantaged communities. The “la Caixa” Foundation, which in 2018 decided to expand its activity to Portugal, supports projects in the social area, through initiatives aimed at helping the more needy, also supporting research and science dissemination, education and culture, such important elements for the advancement of society.
    Financiamento Internacional

    Horizon Europe

    Research and innovation funding programme until 2027. How to get funding, programme structure, missions, European partnerships, news and events. WHAT IS HORIZON EUROPE? Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation, and has a budget of € 95.5 billion. It tackles climate changes, helps achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and fosters the EU’s competitiveness and growth. The programme facilitates collaboration and reinforces the impact of research and innovation on the development, support and implementation of EU policies, while addressing global challenges. It supports the creation and wider dissemination of excellent knowledge and technologies. It creates employment, fully engages the EU’s talent pool, drives economic growth and industrial competitiveness, and optimises investment impact in a strengthened European Research Area. Legal entities from the EU and associated countries are eligible to participate.

    Financiamento Nacional

    PT2020 - Portugal 2020

    This is the PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT signed between Portugal and the European Commission, which gathers the action of the 5 European Structural and Investment Funds - FEDER, Cohesion Fund, ESF, EAFRD and EMFF. It sets out the programming principles that define the economic, social and territorial development policy to be promoted in Portugal between 2014 and 2020. These programming principles are aligned with the Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth pursued by the EUROPA 2020 STRATEGY. Portugal will be awarded 25 billion euros until 2020, and for this it set out the Thematic Goals to stimulate the growth and the creation of Employment, the necessary interventions to achieve them as well as the undertakings and the expected outcomes as a result of this funding.

    Financiamento Nacional

    QREN – Quadro De Referência Estratégico Nacional

    QREN (National Strategic Reference Framework, in the Portuguese acronym) elected as the key strategic purpose the qualification of the Portuguese, enhancing knowledge, science, technology and innovation, as well as the promotion of higher, sustainable levels of economic and socio-cultural development, and territorial qualification, within a framework of appreciation of equal opportunities and the increased efficiency and quality of public institutions. Pursuing this major strategic purpose is ensured by having all operational Programmes, with the support of Structural Fuds and the Cohesion Fund, in the 2007-2013 period, implement three fundamental Thematic Operational Agendas, focusing on three key areas of intervention, the human potential, the competitiveness factors of the economy, and the appreciation of the territory: