Algarve (PT15)

Population per km2 - 89

Regional Innovation Performance (2019) Moderate

The Algarve is the southernmost region of continental Portugal, with a population of 451,000.  It incorporates sixteen different municipalities. The strategic vision for the region is to "Transform the Algarve in 2020 to a dynamic, inclusive and sustainable region, capable of generating more and better jobs, produce goods and services with high added value, using innovation and scientific knowledge…."


The region will focus on, amongst others, S3 priorities in the emerging sectors of health and life sciences, with a focus on addressing social needs, such as care for older people from abroad, and rehabilitation.

Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities? Yes

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes

Topics covered by policies : Population genomics initiative (cfr 1 million genomes participation); Medical research and innovation (-omics, biomarkers, diagnostics, etc.); Specific disease related research; Education, training and skill development; Electronic and mobile health solutions; Value based healthcare; Public awareness, patient participation with respect to Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health

Major initiatives

  1. Center For Biomedical Research

  2. Mediterranean Diet promotes Health 

  3. Urban sports promotion for social inclusion, healthy and active living 

  4. Digital Innovation Hub :

Is the region represented in: Horizon2020; Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3); EIT Health/InnoStars/Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS); other?

Region represented in Horizon2020;EUREKA/Eurostars/COSME

Image attribution

By Rei-artur - Own work, CC BY 2.5,


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium