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Technology Office

Introduction

Mission

The mission of the FCT Technology Office is to enhance knowledge transfer between academic R&D and industry by bringing together and developing programmes that strengthen the links between those sectors.

Objectives

The Technology Office’s main objectives are to bolster the competiveness and international visibility of Portuguese science, with the specific aim of promoting knowledge transfer between Portuguese R&D centres and the business sector. To reach these objectives, the Technology Office:

  • Initiates new knowledge transfer activities to the business sector, and monitors existing activities, to enhance economic impact of public investment in R&I (Research and Innovation);
  • Liaises with all stakeholders involved in knowledge-based value creation, namely companies, business organisations, Hubs, Clusters, the Institute for Support for Small and Medium Enterprises (IAPMEI), the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), technology transfer offices, as well as international organisations such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and International Partnerships (MIT - Portugal Program, CMU - Portugal, UT Austin - Portugal, Harvard Medical School and Fraunhofer - Portugal - Portugal)
  • Assesses and report on the impact of the programmes under its responsibility (International Partnerships, Eurostars, Eureka, ILO – Industrial Liaison Office, Technology Transfer).

Organisation

The Technology Office bases its action on the following areas and related topics:

Technology Office Diagram
Technology Office's main intevention domains