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DNA Award

The Acting Differently at NOVA (DNA) Award, created this January 2023, aims to stimulate innovation at NOVA University of Lisbon and recognise good practices already implemented.

Applications until February 28th

Who can apply?  

Projects developed as a team by employees of NOVA University Lisbon can apply. Some external members of NOVA may also apply if they set their action in a constituent entity of the University.  

How can I make my application?  

Applications should be submitted via GESDOC - GESDOC, Sistema de Gestão Documental da NOVA - NOVA's Document Management System, option forms.

Value of the Prize 

Up to three cash prizes may be awarded to the most outstanding projects overall in each edition of the ADN award, to a value of €2,500.00 (two thousand five hundred euros). Honourable Mentions may also be awarded to recognise Organisational Innovation projects in different categories and areas. All selected applications will receive a Participation Diploma.

Important dates

Applications from 11 January to 28 February  

Award ceremony on 21 April (World Creativity and Innovation Day)  



Submission Instructions  

Application Form for the DNA Award  

Regulations of the DNA Award  


Categories and sub-categories in competition

Projects applying for the DNA award must be able to fall into one of the following categories:

(a) new products, services or solutions

(b) new processes, approaches, procedures or organisational forms


and in one of the following areas, related to:

(a) Social Action and Innovation

b) Students or Alumni

c) Support to Value Creation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

d) Support to Internationalization

e) Supporting Research

f) Supporting Education

g) Sporting or Cultural Activities

h) Internal Control and Auditing

i) Strategy and Planning

j) Quality Management

k) Facilities and Equipment Management

l) Human Resources Management

m) Financial Management

n) Governance

o) Marketing or Communication

p) Monitoring and Reporting of Results or Impacts

q) Library, Documentation and Bibliometric Services

r) Food Solutions and Services

s) Sustainability

t) ICT and Digital Transformation

u) Other