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 Research and Innovation

​Today, The University of Minho (UMinho) is undoubtedly a university of research. That can be seen in the position the university occupies in the most important international rankings, such as the Leiden Ranking, which is the main bibliometric ranking associated with scientific research. Other important rankings in which the University of Minho is well-positioned are the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking, both in their global ranking and in the THE ranking of universities under-50 years old. 

There has also been a clear increase in scientific publications and other diverse scientific outputs coming from the University of Minho throughout the years. UMinho’s researchers are considered to be highly cited, with a big number of citations and h indexes in their scientific areas.  

The university represents already 9% of the Portuguese scientific system, nearing 10%. This figure is higher than the number of researchers that the university represents on a national ratio. In 2015, UMinho published 1642 articles, which are listed in the ISI Web of Science (an increase of 20%, compared to 2014), and has 1997 articles listed in Scopus (an increase of 10%, compared to 2014).

The university has been able to increasingly channel large European projects. Currently, it holds 3 ERC Advanced Grants from the European Research Council - ERC AdG, one of them shared with a Dutch higher education institution. The University of Minho is also managing 4 large projects, each of them with funding over € 2.3 million for the university.

UMinho is one of the Portuguese higher education institutions with the highest success rate in winning large European projects. It is the only university in the country coordinating projects in all the fields of the European Commission’s (EC) Widening programme. After coordinating REGPOT projects during the 7th Framework-Programme, the university is now coordinating a TEAMING project, currently in its second stage, plus 2 TWINNING projects and an ERA-Chairs project. UMinho is also actively participating in another TEAMING project.

The University of Minho is also taking part in two large FET Flagship projects: FET Graphene and FET Brain. UMinho has also had projects approved in all the Sub-programmes of the 7th Framework-Programme, and growing success in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. Concerning this particular programme, UMinho has been particularly competitive in fields of research dedicated to small and medium-sized companies, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies, IT and communication technologies, food, agriculture and fishing, biotechnology, as well as in open access projects open to publications and scientific data.

UMinho also has approved projects with FET – Future Emerging Technologies - a programme funding disruptive ideas/projects. Likewise, the university has had success with most of the training grants and networks (ITNs) associated with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions. The university also takes part in countless bilateral cooperation projects. Another field of projects in which the university has been very active are those related to cross-border cooperation (POCTEP), within the Euro-Atlantic area and CYTED, including several ERA-NET projects.

UMinho also takes part in all the international partnerships promoted by the Portuguese Government, namely the MIT Programme (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) – Portugal, the CMU Programme (Carnegie Mellon University) – Portugal, the UT Austin Programme (University of Texas at Austin) – Portugal, and the Harvard Programme (Harvard University) – Portugal.

The university also has a large number of ongoing projects, in different fields, funded by the FCT and the National Agency for Innovation (ANI). The University of Minho has had growing success in tenure tenders for researchers - Investigador FCT,​ and in individual FCT research grants. It also has an ongoing number of FCT-funded PhD Programmes in various scientific fields. Currently, UMinho is taking part in 22 PhD Programmes, of which 96 are funded by FCT. 9 of these programmes are coordinated by the university, corresponding to about 650 PhD grants. At the moment, about 900 research grants have been attributed to the university, in different fields of knowledge.

The university has also been given funding through the ON2 and NORTE 2020 Regional Programmes, to be used in Integrated and Structured SR&TD Programmes, rehabilitation programmes, scientific re-equipment programmes, cultural heritage promotion and institutional promotion and empowerment.

UMinho has a very clear strategy for Intellectual Property​. It is one of the Portuguese universities with the highest success rate in the field of knowledge protection and in obtaining national and international patents. All of this is achieved with a very strong connection to local businesses, the region and the country’s territory. The University of Minho establishes itself as a complete university, which is able to take on projects, with both direct funding from business and large mobilising projects and to a high degree of success and size. One of these, worth pointing out, is the large partnership with Bosch.

UMinho also has a spin-offs and start-ups creation policy, which has had a great degree of success in recent years. ​​