Collaborative Laboratories (CoLABs) are entities dedicated to the production, dissemination and transmission of knowledge by pursuing their own research and innovation agendas. Based on a portfolio of products or systems with higher added value, CoLABs aim to facilitate the access of companies to global markets through exports, as well as to support the attraction of foreign investment in technology-intensive areas.
CoLABs can be national, regional/local, or entrepreneurial, steering their activities to the creation of qualified employment and economic and social value in the intermediate space of the innovation system.
In Portugal, there are 35 entities recognised as Collaborative Laboratories:
|Alma Science||Data CoLAB||Smart Energy LAB|
|AquaValor||DTx||Smart Farm CoLAB|
|BUILT CoLAB||ForestWISE||VG CoLAB|
Get to know the Collaborative Laboratories (CoLAB)
The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) is the entity responsible for the process of recognition and award of the 'Collaborative Laboratory' title.
The CoLAB may be established as a company or private non-profit association and must include at least one company and one R&D unit evaluated and financed by the FCT or a State Laboratory.
In the context of the recognition process, it must be demonstrated that the CoLAB contributes to:
The recognition process is open on an ongoing basis.
ANI is the entity that monitors the implementation of each CoLAB's research and innovation agenda, in accordance with the approved applications that supported the awarding of Collaborative Laboratory titles. In addition to monitoring each CoLAB's performance, this monitoring process promotes the creation of synergies and the integration of CoLABs into national and international networks, with the participation of a panel of independent experts, of renowned international merit, who monitor the activities of each CoLAB.
ANI is dedicated to monitoring the CoLABs public core funding processes, promoting, in accordance with the monitoring process implemented in the meantime, qualification, equipment modernisation, integration in national and international networks and platforms, technical training of assets, and the direct and indirect creation of qualified jobs.
This call for expressions of interest aims to support the qualification, equipment modernisation, technical training of assets, and hiring of highly qualified resources by the 35 CoLABs recognised until December 2021 by the Foundation for Science and Technology.
The Interface Mission is part of Component 5 'Capitalisation and Business Innovation', the main objective of which is to deepen the effort to broaden and consolidate the network of interface institutions between the academic, scientific and technological systems and the Portuguese entrepreneurial fabric, guaranteeing the necessary support to enhance their impact on the promotion of investment in R&D and innovative investment in companies, namely in terms of their export potential.
The Interface Mission thus aims to guarantee public core funding to strengthen the network of interface institutions, as defined in the legal regime in force, approved by Decree-Law no. 63/2019, of May 16th, commonly known as 'Science Law', as well as in its 1st review on 'Technology and Innovation Centres - CTI' and 'Collaborative Laboratories - CoLABs', approved by Decree-Law no. 126-B/2021, of December 31st.
Expressions of interest must be submitted by December 31st, 2021 by the CoLABs recognised by the Foundation for Science and Technology, according to the list published by the FCT.
The amount allocated to this call is EUR 80 million, which may be increased by ANI if justified.