Portugal Norte (PT11)

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.

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes

Policy documents


  1. National level: Thematic Agenda for Research and Innovation on Health, Clinical and Translational Research  https://www.fct.pt/agendastematicas/sauinvclitrans.phtml.en 

  2. National level: Strategy for Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation  https://www.fct.pt/gabestudosestrategia/ENEI/docs/ENEI_Julho2014_apos%20consulta_VF_completa.pdf 

  3. National level: Basic Law of Health  

Major initiatives


  1. The Discoveries Centre for Regenerative and Precision Medicine  https://thediscoveriesctr.eu/

  2. Project DOCnet  https://project-docnet.up.pt/

  3. Project SIRNAC - Novel siRNA Therapies Against Metastatic Colorectal Cancer  https://phyzat.com/

  4. CHUSJ - Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João, inical Academic Center  http://portal-chsj.min-saude.pt

  5. CHUP - Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto, inical Academic Center  https://www.chporto.pt/

  6. 2CA-Braga - Clinical Academic Center – BragaClinical Academic Center  https://www.ccabraga.org/

  7. IPO-Porto Onology Hospital  http://www.ipoporto.pt/

  8. i3S esearch Institute https://www.i3s.up.pt/


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


  1. CeLac and European consortium for a personalized medicine approach to Gastric Cancer: LEGACY project- htt://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/219925/factsheet/en)

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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