The purpose of the UT Austin Portugal Program is to promote new frontiers of knowledge in emerging themes worldwide, through the advancement of high-level education, research, and commercialization activities.
The UT Austin Portugal Program is a partnership program in Science and Technology between the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT) and the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), supported by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Higher Education in close collaboration with the Council of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities (CRUP).
Launched in 2007, the partnership is renewed in 2018, towards a new decade until 2030. After ten years of joint collaboration, UT Austin and Portuguese institutions continue to develop a cooperative effort to promote a thriving research agenda, strongly aligned with the strategy of the country in the different scientific and technological areas.
The program seeks to stimulate and reinforce the effective collaboration among researchers, faculty, students and companies through collaborative R&D projects and high-level education and training opportunities, while promoting and enabling a deeper involvement in the multidisciplinary network between Portugal and Austin.
Simultaneously, the engagement of technology firms and new entrepreneurial initiatives should continue and be reinforced through the University Technology Enterprise Network (UTEN), to prepare Portuguese researchers and innovators for scientific readiness for commercialization success.
Address a number of knowledge areas where scientists and companies in Portugal engage with the University and other institutions in Texas in multidisciplinary research and technology transfer and commercialization.
Develop a knowledge-based society, and foster science and innovation-based companies to help Portugal face the challenges of the future.
In its new phase, the UT Austin Portugal Program addresses a number of ground-breaking scientific areas where Portuguese researchers and industry professionals in Portugal deeply engage with their counterparts at UT Austin.
Its purpose is to foster knowledge in strategic themes worldwide including space and science technology, medical physics and nuclear medicine, nano-science and technologies, high performance computing and related themes of data analytics, visualization and artificial intelligence, while, simultaneously, engaging with technology companies and new entrepreneurial ventures.
The basis of this transatlantic initiative focuses on enabling technologies, fostering the creation of innovative products and systems through nanotechnologies and novel advanced materials which, together with emerging data science techniques, unleash the usability of the massive amounts of data we have access to today.
Additionally, two big challenges will be tackled in medical physics, impacting on health and quality of life, and in space-earth interactions, in areas related to the new Atlantic International Research (AIR) Center – space, sea, climate and energy – which will be looking at some of Portugal’s most valuable assets.