Research at NOVA has been growing and developing, both at quantitative and qualitative levels. Universidade NOVA de Lisboa hosts 41 Research and Development Units (R&D Units), 15 of which are research partnerships between NOVA and other national institutions.
In 2013, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FC&T) evaluated 75% of the R&D Units with “Exceptional”, “Excellent” or “Very Good”. This results were way above the national average of Portuguese Universities.
Since the launch of the European Research Council (ERC) Grants programme in 2009, NOVA’s researchers have been awarded a total of 18 grants, placing NOVA as one of the top national institutions.
The improved performance of NOVA in terms of research can be seen in the international rankings’ scores and positioning. The good results achieved in then main rankings of Universities with less than 50 years, have granted NOVA the inclusion in YERUN (Young European Research Universities Network). The goal of YERUN is to have young research universities to cooperate towards increasing the influence of the youngest universities on research policies promoted by the European Union.