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PT16 - Centro

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Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Centro

Instituto Pedro Nunes

Population per km2 (2019)- 79

Regional Innovation Performance (2021) Moderate -


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.

Regional Strategy for Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation (RIS3)

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

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