Portugal Norte (PT11)

Population per km2 - 170

Innovation Performance Group (2019) : Strong -

Norte or Northern Portugal is the most populous region in Portugal, ahead of Lisboa, with a population of 3.7 million. Portugal has a vibrant and innovative research and development ecosystem and a high quality health care system.

Under the auspices of the Health Cluster Portugal (HCP), the Portuguese "Health ecosystem" is developing innovative projects in areas which include active and healthy ageing, translational and clinical research, ambient assisted living, eHealth, and health tourism. Particular strategic areas of interest include preventative, personalised and participatory medicine (diseases - neurodegenerative, cancer, cardiovascular, degenerative osteoarticular, inflammatory, infectious, metabolic).


Within Portugal universities, R&D institutions, hospitals and companies are all working in collaboration in the development of new solutions for improving human health.

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

Yes - H2020 projects, NIH projects.

Policy documents


  1. National level: Thematic Agenda for Research and Innovation on Health, Clinical and Translational Research  

  2. National level: Strategy for Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation

  3. National level: Basic Law of Health  

Topics covered by policies : Population genomics initiative (cfr 1 million genomes participation); Medical research and innovation (-omics, biomarkers, diagnostics, etc.); Education, training and skill development; Prediction and prevention; ICT/genomics, health, lifestyle data(infrastructure)

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3:  Yes - Health and Life Sciences: Consolidate links between research and business, especially in the areas of tissue engineering, cancer, neurosciences and surgical procedures

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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