At the heart of the vision for Europe is the goal of leadership in technology, innovation and economic competitiveness, which is why the development of strategies linked to Research and Innovation has been increasingly evident, favouring the same smart specialisation within territories' competences and opportunities framework.
In Portugal, Innovation and Competitiveness increasingly arise from interactions between economic and non-economic agents, where infrastructures, resources and skills are brought together to develop new solutions in national and international demand.
Technology and Innovation Centres (CTIs) are entities dedicated to the production, dissemination and transmission of knowledge, aimed at companies and economic value creation, contributing to the pursuit of public policy objectives, within the framework of priority specialisation areas, whether national or of the regions in which they operate.
With a view to reinforcing these strategies and the importance of these intermediary organisations, the opportunity to broaden and consolidate the Interface Institutions Network was identified as one of the most relevant reforms, which presupposed the review and standardisation of the legislative and regulatory framework of the entities that make up the Technological Interface System.
This opportunity falls under the Recovery and Resilience Programme (RRP), more specifically under component C5 - Investment and Innovation, where a new recognition of entities such as Technology and Innovation Centres is proposed.
In accordance with Decree-Law no. 126-B/2021, of December 31st, the legal regime for technology and innovation centres (CTIs) is established, a designation that intends to consolidate these previously identified and supported organisations, acknowledging their strategic value for the country, as well as establishing a series of assumptions such as recognition, monitoring and financing.
Complementary to the above mentioned Decree-Law, Ministerial Order no. 53/2022 was issued on January 24th, establishing the procedures and conditions for the submission of applications for recognition as a technology and innovation centre (CTI).
Once the legal and regulatory framework is completed, it is important to proceed with the call for tenders for the recognition of entities as CTIs, for the purposes of future granting of public core funding, aiming, with this document, to clarify fundamental elements in such application procedure.
Thus, the National Innovation Agency, S. A. (ANI, S. A.), through the last notice of application, made public that the tender procedure for recognition as a center of technology and innovation (CTI) was open.
The recognition process is now finished.