NOVA University of Lisbon - Faculty of Sciences and Technology

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Founded in 1977, the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of NOVA University of Lisbon (FCT NOVA) is one of the most prestigious Portuguese and European engineering and science public schools. It is engaged in extensive research activity involving around 600 PhD students of the total enrollment of more than 8900 students.  

FCT NOVA partners with foreign universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the University of Texas at Austin (UTAustin) to offer some of its advanced study programs, pioneers nationwide. FCT NOVA has a broad expertise in cutting edge R&D+I due to its multidisciplinary nature and strong experience in fundamental and applied research projects in several areas, ranging from materials, environment and biotechnologies to conservation and restoration. The entrepreneurial drive of the students and graduates of FCT NOVA, greatly potentiated by the curricular profile of school, has led to many successful spin-offs that transfer knowledge to the market and help create value and social impact.

With a total of 630 academic staff (almost all holding a PhD) and 200 non-academic staff, FCT NOVA's has internationally recognised professionals due to their high potential in R&D+I activities, with researchers awarded ERC grants (five in total) and merit prizes. From 2010 to 2013, FCT NOVA published more than 2525 papers indexed in ISI Web of Science, in top journals and 1761 conferences with high impact, where has earned recognition by its peers.

FCT NOVA is organised in 14 Departments and 14 Research Support Services, with suitable structures, infrastructures, facilities and qualified 16 R&D Units (evaluated by the Portuguese Science Foundation, 3 of them as Exceptional and 4 as Excellent), spin-off incubator (Madan Parque), interface institute (UNINOVA) and devoted managing structure to managing R&D+I projects ( Madan Parque is an enterprise incubator whose major associate is NOVA, with a high track record in facilitating spin-off incorporation. NOVA.ID.FCT, a private non-profit institution, was incorporated following the successful participation of FCT NOVA’s in several national and international projects. UNINOVA’s objective is to pursue scientific research, technical development, high level training and creation of new technological innovation centers and small industries.  

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