To promote a new research agenda through collaborative research projects, targeting important societal challenges, involving researchers at UT Austin and at Portuguese scientific institutions, in close association with other institutions, researchers and companies worldwide. 

In the third phase, the Program will fund competitive calls, managed by FCT, for collaborative projects oriented towards key strategic areas, through Exploratory Research Projects, small exploratory projects to jumpstart high-impact potential research activities of strategic relevance for the Program, and through Strategic Research Projects, large scale, cross cutting research projects, aiming to achieve greater social impact and economic relevance, attracting companies to the center of these new research agendas.