PT15 - Algarve

Regional Innovation Performance (2019) Moderate

Total population (2019) 438864

Population per km² (2017)  89

Proportion population older 65 year % 21,64%


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

Membership status

Member ICPerMed? no 

Mountain ? Non-mountain

Member Euregha? no 

Adriatic-Ionian MacroRegion? no

InnoStars Region? no 

Northern Sparsely Populated Area (NSPA)? no

PM region according EC? no 

Baltic Sea MacroRegion? no

S3MedTech region? no 

Danube MacroRegion? no

S3P4PM region? no 

Alpine MacroRegion? no

Regions4PM region? no

S3ClusSport member? no 

Central Europe? no

MedTech4Europe? no

Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)? no

1M+Genome initiative? country level member

European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN)?  no

Vanguard Initiative? no

ERAPerMed?  no

Policy documents

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

NACE Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health   related to Research and Innovation objectives: J.62 - Computer programming, consultancy  and related activities; O.84 - Public administration and defence;   compulsory social security; Q.86 - Human health activities; Q.88 - Social   work activities without accommodation; M.72 - Scientific research and   development; M.74 - Other professional, scientific and technical activities

Scientific domain NABS Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and Innovation: NABS07 - Health;NABS09 - Education; NABS121 -   R&D related to Natural Sciences - financed from GUF; NABS122 - R&D   related to Engineering Sciences - financed from GUF; NABS124 - R&D   related to Agricultural Sciences - financed from GUF; NABS125 - R&D   related to Social Sciences - financed from GUF; NABS131 - R&D related to   Natural Sciences - financed from other sources than GUF; NABS132 - R&D   related to Engineering Sciences - financed from other sources than GUF;   NABS133 - R&D related to Medical Sciences - financed from other sources   than GUF; NABS135 - R&D related to Social Sciences - financed from other   sources than GUF

Policy objective Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related related to Research and Innovation objectives: D.27 - e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing); D.28 -   e-Inclusion (e.g. e-Skills, e-Learning); D.31 - Internet of Things (e.g.   connected devices, sensors and actuators networks); G.46 - Ageing societies;   G.49 - Public health & well-being; G.50 - Public safety & pandemics;   H.52 - New or improved service processes; H.53 - New or improved service   products (commodities or public services); I.57 - Social innovation with   regard to education, skills & training; I.59 - Social innovation with   regard to health, well-being & elder care

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes

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

Self evaluation

General perception of the implementation level of PM in the region - Medium

Rate of the need for developing and implementing PM in the region  -High

Rate of the need for increasing support/funding for PM activities in the  region - High

Rate of the need for increasing the capacity of PM skills in the region - Very High

Rate of the genomics literacy of the citizens in the region - Medium

Rate of the need for increasing interregional collaboration in PM - High

Image attribution

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

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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