inRes 2014: Organization
The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, funded by the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), is responsible for the coordination of inRes, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), and UTEN Portugal.
Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program (CMU Portugal) is a platform for education, research and innovation that brings together Portuguese universities, research institutions and companies, and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The partnership was launched in 2006, and was renewed for another five years in 2012. Its mission is to place Portugal at the forefront of innovation in key focused areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), by promoting cutting-edge research, world-class graduate education and a close collaboration with the Portuguese industry. It’s activities are funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), supported by the Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Portuguesas (CRUP), and co-financed by business partners and by CMU.
The Program aims to consolidate a sense of community and to develop critical mass in strategic areas of ICT by continuously investing in people, innovative projects, and institutions. The dual degree Ph.D. and Professional Master’s programs, the faculty exchange program, the inRes program, and the five research funding calls launched until the end of 2013, are some of the strategic and competitive instruments that have been mobilizing the academy, companies and citizens throughout the country. In the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, the CMU Portugal Program has been carrying out activities to support the creation and development of startups, and to promote their internationalization and the empowerment of their human resources.
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon has campuses in Pittsburgh, Pa., California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.
CMU has been a birthplace of innovation since its founding in 1900. Today, CMU is a global leader bringing groundbreaking ideas to market and creating successful startup businesses.
Carnegie Mellon’s award-winning faculty members are renowned for working closely with students to solve major scientiﬁc, technological and societal challenges. The University puts a strong emphasis on creating things—from art to robots. Its students are recruited by some of the world’s most innovative companies.
Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), the marketing affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, markets the benefits of conducting business in southwestern Pennsylvania to companies all over the world that are growing, relocating or expanding. The PRA also works to support the growth of existing regional employers.
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia is the national funding agency for science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains, under responsibility of the Ministry for Education and Science. FCT’s vision is to establish Portugal as global reference in science, technology and innovation, and ensure that knowledge generated by scientific research is used fully, for economic growth and the well-being of all citizens.
FCT started its activity in August 1997, succeeding the Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (JNICT). Since March 2012 FCT coordinates public policies for the Information and Knowledge Society in Portugal, after the integration of the Knowledge Society Agency - UMIC.
In October 2013, FCT took over the attributions and responsibilities of the Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional (FCCN). FCT’s mission is to continuously promote the advancement of knowledge in science and technology in Portugal, attain the highest international standards in quality and competitiveness, in all scientific and technological domains, and encourage its dissemination and active role in society and in economic growth.
FCT pursues its mission by funding fellowships, studentships and research contracts for scientists, research projects, internationally competitive research centres and state-of-the-art infrastructures, via competitive calls with international peer-review. FCT ensures Portugal’s participation in international scientific organizations fosters the participation of the scientific community in international projects and promotes knowledge transfer between R&D centres and industry. Working closely with international organizations, FCT coordinates public policy for the Information and Knowledge Society in Portugal and ensures the development of national scientific computing resources.
The results of FCT accomplishments are, in essence, the outcome of the work carried out by the individual scientists, research groups and institutions that are funded by FCT.
The University Technology Enterprise Network (UTEN) was launched in March 2007 as one of the international partnership programs of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). For over 5 years, UTEN has promoted activities that have contributed to a professional infrastructure for science and technology commercialization in a competitive level worldwide, providing training and supporting business development (built on knowledge generated in the Portuguese universities) and their access to international markets. Currently, UTEN involves all Portuguese university-based technology transfer offices plus other scientific institutions and science parks.
Having made considerable progress toward its goals in the first five years in terms of establishing and training a network of professional TTOs to enable a more entrepreneurial ecosystem, UTEN now focus on the entrepreneur through: technology business incubation, international business acceleration and business development. UTEN’s focus continues to evolve against an unchanging mission: to transfer Portugal's science and technology achievements from its universities and research labs to the global marketplace.
UTEN works together with the UT Austin Portugal, CMU Portugal and MIT Portugal Programs, in collaboration with the Council of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities (CRUP) and the University of Texas at Austin.