PT16 - Centro

Population per km2 - 80

Regional Innovation Performance (2019) Strong -

Regional website

CCDRC Instituto Pedro Nunes


Centro, or Central Portugal has a population of 2.3 million. The region has three public universities: the University of Coimbra, the Aveiro University; and the University of Beira Interior. There are also five state-run polytechnical institutes: Castelo Branco Polytechnical Institute; Coimbra Polytechnical Institute; Guarda Polytechnical Institute; Leiria Polytechnical Institute; and Viseu Polytechnical Institute.


S3 priorities include a focus on health and well-being and building on strong Institutions (hospitals, HEIs and research), natural resources and assets and a focus on ageing. The region is involved in a number of major initiatives including In2Genome, OncoAlvo, and GenomePT.

Policy documents

  1. Regional Centro Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation 

  2. National Centro Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation

  3. National Basic Law of Health

  4. National Thematic Agenda for Research and Innovation on Health, Clinical and Translational Research

Topics covered by policies : Medical research and innovation (-omics, biomarkers, diagnostics, etc.); Prediction and prevention; ICT/genomics, health, lifestyle data(infrastructure); Electronic and mobile health solutions

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3: No

Major initiatives


  1. In2Genome 

  2. OncoAlvo  

  3. GenomePT 

  4. GenoInseq  

  5. ROSE 

  6. CogniViTra 

  7. The Discoveries Centre for Regenerative and Precision Medicine 

  8. Biocant 

  9. Countrylevel member 1+M Genomes Initiative 

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

BridgeHead - EIT Health

Image attribution

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

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