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NOVA stands out in the Scientific Research and Technological Development Projects Contest


38 scientific projects from NOVA University Lisbon were chosen in the IC&DT Project Competition - Scientific Research and Technological Development Projects. With this result, NOVA stands out with an approval rate of 12.2%, a value that exceeds the national approval rate corresponding to 9.4%.NOVA's distinguished projects also cover all scientific domains in the competition: Engineering Sciences and Technologies; Medical and Health Sciences; Natural Sciences; Social Sciences; Exact Sciences; Agrarian Sciences and Humanities.

The Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology (FCT) communicated the results of the contest, whose budget is 75 million, on the 6th of November. The objective of the initiative is to cover all scientific areas in a transversal way, thus contributing to the consolidation and strengthening of the National Scientific and Technological System (SCTN).

Having defined this line of priorities, it is expected to increase the national and international competitiveness of science and technology. In addition, it is also intended to promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations, namely through the promotion and strengthening of the competences of scientific and technological institutions.

In total, the tender considered 3317 applications eligible. Among these, 312 saw the recommendation for financing approved. The distinguished projects are distributed in the following scientific domains: Engineering Sciences and Technologies - 25.3%; Medical and Health Sciences - 17.6%; Natural Sciences - 17.9%; Social Sciences - 12.2%; Exact Sciences - 11.2%; Agricultural Sciences - 8.7% and Humanities - 7.1%.

Applications were evaluated by 33 evaluation panels, according to the respective scientific area. 503 foreign external evaluators participated in the evaluation. Among the classification criteria, the following stand out: the scientific merit and the innovative character of the project; the scientific merit of the research team; the feasibility of the work program and the contribution to the accumulation of knowledge and skills.

The initiative, which has an annual periodicity, is part of the set of major structural contests of FCT.

Check out NOVA's winning projects in the list below:

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Evaluation Panel – 2020

  • Heat stress during the progamic phase: Impact on male gametophytes of angiosperms at transcriptome and proteome level | Jörg Dieter Becker

Animal and Veterinary Sciences and Agro-Food Biotechnology Evaluation Panel – 2020

  • MONET: Unravelling Microbiota-gut-brain axis paintings in obesity-associated Neuroinflammation: the blackbErry signaTure study | Ana Isabel Gonçalves Faria
  • Immune precision medicine as a new opportunity to control canine trypanosomatid diseases – DogIPM  | Gabriela Maria Santos Gomes

Arts Evaluation Panel – 2020

  • Books, rituals and space in a Cistercian nunnery. Living, praying and reading in Lorvão, 13th - 16th centuries | Catarina Alexandra Martins Fernandes Barreira
  • Archaeology of colour: a comparative & interdisciplinary material culture study, on Portuguese Medieval & Modern polychrome sculpture, aims at unravelling the origins, evolution and significance of polychromy, plus its cultural webs within & beyond Europe | Maria Isabel Fernandes Pombo Cardoso
  • Texts and voices lost and found. Recovering, reconstituting, and recreating musical fragments (c.1100-c.1600) | João Pedro Carvalho de Alvarenga

Bioengineering and Biotechnology Evaluation Panel - 2020

  • Understanding enzymatic CO2 reduction for enhanced hybrid catalysts | Inês Antunes Cardoso Pereira

Biological Sciences Evaluation Panel - 2020

  • Unravelling evolutionary physiology landscapes of coastal marine fauna under extreme temperatures using a multi-layer Systems Biology approach | Sara Carolina Gusmão Coito Madeira
  • A genetic model for neurorehabilitation: genes and circuits controlling motor recovery | Cesar Miguel Pereira Soares Mendes
  • Harnessing comparative genomics to understand the role of horizontal acquired genes in the evolution of yeast metabolism | Paula Maria Theriaga Mendes Bernardo Gonçalves
  • Impact of ABA signalling on plant growth regulatory pathways and root architecture | Elena Baena-Gonzalez

Chemical Engineering Evaluation Panel - 2020

  • Design of tailored composite membranes for lithium recovery from brines and seawater | Sylwin Pawlowski

Chemistry Evaluation Panel - 2020

  • Development of adjustable Silver @Silica nanocarriers and their stabilization in solid materials against drug resistant and non-resistant pathogenic bacteria. Towards advanced nano-antibiotics, wound dressing and anti-biofilm surfaces | Javier Fernández Lodeiro
  • Targeting human macrophage galactose C-type lectin towards the development of innovative and alternative cancer therapies | Filipa Margarida Barradas de Morais Marcelo
  • 1Pot2Cat: One-pot bimetallic catalyzed synthesis of challenging N-heterocycles | Maria Manuel Martinho Sequeira Barata Marques
  • Organic Redox mediators for energy conversion | Paula Cristina de Sério Branco

​​​​​​​Computer and Information Sciences and Informatics Evaluation Panel - 2020

  • RMulti-omic networks in gliomas | Marta Isabel Belchior Lopes

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Economics and Business Evaluation Panel – 2020

  • Integrating Rural Migrants in Cities - A Field Experiment in Mozambique | Pedro Alberto Ramos Rodrigues Camarinha Vicente
  • Labor market sorting, social connections, and peer effects| José Pedro Andrade de Portugal Dias
  • Structural transfomation, Inequality and the Macroeconomy | Pedro Miguel Soares Brinca
  • Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Impact: Creating a Resilient, Safe and Crowd-based Innovation System | Pedro Manuel Sousa Mendes Oliveira

​​​​​​​Environmental Biotechnology and Engineering Evaluation Panel - 2020

  • Bioelectrochemical system for CO2 mitigation | José João Galhardas Moura

​​​​​​​Environmental Sciences Evaluation Panel - 2020

  • Study of adaptive evolution events associated with the rise of pathogenic potential in Aspergillii colonising polluted soils | Gustavo Henrique Goldman
  • Assessing the self-sufficiency of natural resources at local scale as a driver for sustainability transition: the case of water-energy-food nexus | Maria Julia Fonseca Seixas

​​​​​​​Experimental Biology and Biochemistry Evaluation Panel - 2020

  • How Microbial NO response is regulated by Protein Phosphorylation | Miguel Nuno Sepúlveda de Gouveia Teixeira
  • Biocatalytic synthesis of oligoarabinosides for the study of drug targets and development of novel anti-tuberculosis drugs | Maria Rita Mendes Bordalo Ventura Centeno Lima
  • Wired life - Exploring the unprecedented electron transfer paths revealed by bacterial electrically conductive filaments for bioenergy and bioelectronics applications | Carlos Alberto Gomes Salgueiro
  • Investigating the mechanisms underpinning the interaction between autonomous immunity and intracellular S. aureus cell division and persistence | Pedro Matos Pereira
  • Regulation of peptidoglycan hydrolases in the bacterial pathogen Staphylococcus aureus | Helena Maria Pinto Veiga

​​​​​​​Health and Sport Sciences Evaluation Panel – 2020

  • Health determinants and needs of children on the move in a pandemic context:  A longitudinal study for Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region | Maria do Rosario Fraga de Oliveira Martins

​​​​​​​History and Archaeology Evaluation Panel – 2020

  • The Chromatic Journey of the Portuguese Azulejo | Susana Xavier Coentro
  • Think big on small frontier towns: Alto Alentejo and Alta Extremadura leonesa (13th - 16th centuries) | Adelaide Maria Pacheco Lopes Pereira Millán da Costa

​​​​​​​Languages and Literature Evaluation Panel – 2020

  • MORDigital - Digitisation of Diccionario da Lingua Portugueza by António de Morais Silva | Maria Rute Vilhena Costa

​​​​​​​Law and Political Science Evaluation Panel – 2020

  • IN_SOLVENS: Insolvency law in Portugal - a multidisciplinary analysis | Mariana Machado França Gouveia Sande Nogueira

​​​​​​​Materials Engineering Evaluation Panel - 2020

  • All-Fibre Integrated Photovoltaic Storage Device for e-Textiles | Ana Catarina Bernardino Baptista
  • Identification Smart Paper - IDS-Paper | Rodrigo Ferrão Paiva Martins
  • Highly Efficient and Flexible Thin Film Crystalline Silicon - Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells | Hugo Manuel Brito Águas

​​​​​​​Philosophy Evaluation Panel – 2020

  • Present Democracy for Future Generations | André Filipe dos Santos de Campos