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Collaborative Laboratories

Call for the attribution of the title of Collaborative Laboratory (CoLAB)

Latest News

13.12.2018 - Next panel meeting is scheduled for 18-19 February 2019. The panel will evaluate applications submitted by 15 January 2019. See the new application guide
06.11.2018 - Fifteen proposals have been approved to receive the title of CoLAB.
13.04.2018 - List of Proposals to be presented on 20-21 April. The programme is available here, and registration to attend the sessions start on 16 April.
26.03.2018 - Given that 23 proposals have been submitted, the panel meeting scheduled for 20 April was reorganized to allow for all presentations to be carried out on 20 and 21 April. The programme will be published shortly.
19.03.2018 - Due to the limited number of public presentations that can be made at each meeting, the first 10 applications submitted by 23 March will be evaluated at the next panel meeting. The remaining applications submitted by that date will be evaluated at the following meeting, which is expected to take place during the first half of 2018.
20.02.2018 - In its next meeting, the panel will evaluate applications submitted by 23 March 2018.
05.02.2018 - The next Information Session on CoLAB takes place on 19 February. The Evaluation Panel will meet again on 20 April.
30.01.2018 - Six proposals have been approved to receive the title of CoLAB.
15.11.2017 - Public Session of Presentation and Discussion of Proposals for the Attribution of the title of Collaborative Laboratories – CoLAB
24.10.2017 - 2nd Information Session – CoLAB
23.10.2017 - 1st Information Session – CoLAB (video from the session)


Applications for the recognition and attribution of the title of Collaborative Laboratory are permanently open. This title will allow institutions to apply for specific funding.

Collaborative Laboratories should be established as non-profit private associations or as companies. Their main goal is to create skilled and scientific jobs in Portugal, both directly and indirectly, by implementing research and innovation agendas geared at creating economic and social value.

CoLABs must meet the challenge of enhancing the density of knowledge-based activities in the country by fostering the consolidation of collaborative practices between scientific, technological or higher education institutions and the social and economic fabric, namely businesses, the hospital and health care system, cultural institutions, and social organizations.

More information on the tender is available in the Notice of Call, the Application Guide for the Award of the Collaborative Laboratory Title, the Evaluation Guide and the Regulation Governing the Award of the Collaborative Laboratory Title (CoLAB).

Recipients and Eligibility

Collaborative Laboratories must consist of at least one company and one R&D unit associated with a higher education institution, funded by FCT, I.P., and may result from a technology interface center that already has this partnership structure. In the case of R&D units without legal personality, the participating entity is the institution with legal personality in which such units are integrated.

CoLABs may include companies, non-corporate R&I organizations, Higher Education Institutions (through their R&D Units), Technological Interface Centers and other intermediate or interface institutions, business associations, other public administration organizations, and other partners within the productive, social or cultural fabric.

No associate, partner or shareholder may hold less than 5% or more than 49% of the assets or share capital.

How to Apply

Applications are submitted electronically through a specific form. The proponent institution is the participating organization responsible for submitting the application.

When applicable, the application must contain a stated commitment for the establishment of a company or private non-profit association, signed by all participating institutions, if the CoLAB title is awarded.

More information is available in the Application Guide.


Applications are evaluated by an independent committee consisting of internationally recognized experts appointed by the FCT Board of Directors. The evaluation committee may consult with external evaluators, whose identity shall not be disclosed, and who will draw up technical opinions on specific applications in order to inform the committee's work and decisions.

More information available in the Evaluation Guide.