NOVA University Lisbon is one of the partners of the Alfredo da Silva Awards, which aim to support scientific research projects. This is an initiative of the Amélia de Mello’s Foundation as part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the greatest Portuguese industrialist of the 20th century. The launching of the prizes will take place online, on the 26th of January, at 4pm, with the presentation of a teaser of the documentary on the life and the legacy of Alfredo da Silva. The session will be chaired by the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor. It will also count on several interventions, among them by NOVA's Rector, João Sàágua; NOVA Vice-Rector responsible for NOVA Health, José Fragata; the President of the Amélia de Mello Foundation, Vasco de Mello; the Chairman of the Board of BCSD Portugal, João Castello Branco and also the Chairman of the Board of COTEC Portugal, Isabel Furtado.
In total, three national competitions will be opened for the Alfredo da Silva Awards in order to distinguish projects in the following areas: Entrepreneurship; Technological Innovation, Mobility and Industry; and Sustainability of Health Systems. The prize to support the scientific research project focusing on Sustainability of Health Systems will be determined through the NOVA Health Platform, with scientific curatorship of NOVA University Lisbon. Within this domain, according to the competition rules, “projects in scientific areas such as social, economic and political sustainability” may be contemplated.
Regarding the Entrepreneurship award, the grant will be awarded by the Foundation, taking into account the opinion of the jury, created under the protocol with BCSD Portugal. In turn, the Technological Innovation, Mobility and Industry award will be awarded under the protocol with COTEC Portugal.
The application period will run from 26 January to 31 May 2021. The winning projects will be announced in June of the current year.The target audience of this initiative are researchers, whether or not integrated in the Universities and Polytechnic Institutes of Portugal, with research projects, which may or may not be linked to the elaboration of academic degree tests. The three best projects will each be awarded a research grant of 25,000 euros.