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CMU Portugal Program Presents 2nd Call in Different Universities

Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives Roadshow
CMU Portugal Program Presents 2 nd Call in Different Universities

201411 CMU Portugal ERIs Roadshow FCTUNL From October to November 2014, the CMU Portugal Program leadership organized eight information sessions in Portuguese universities and CMU, to present the 2 nd Call for Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs). The sessions gathered more than 150 faculty members, researchers, doctoral students, senior staff of innovation and entrepreneurship support organizations, business executives and startup managers, from Portuguese universities and CMU.

Led by José M.F. Moura and by João Claro, at CMU and in Portugal, respectively, the goal with the sessions was to present and discuss the concept, structure and financial support provided to the Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs). Francisco Melo (principal investigator in Portugal of the ERI INSIDE), Alexandre Bernardino (principal Investigator in Portugal of the ERI AHA), and João Paulo Cunha (principal investigator of the ERI VR2MARKET), joined two of the sessions as invited guests to share their experiences on how challenging it can be to write a winning proposal to a call for ERIs.

The invited guests expressed two main concerns that the teams should have when preparing a proposal for this call: the importance of identifying all the members of the consortium and their role; as well as to explain the strategic plan for research, education and innovation, outlining a path to sustainability. They also suggested the use of graphics that may help the reviewers to better understand the structure and impact of the proposal in the different pillars: education, research and innovation.

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The sessions took place at Carnegie Mellon University (Oct. 14), Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade de Lisboa and Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Oct. 16), Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade de Coimbra and Universidade de Aveiro (Oct. 20), Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto (Oct. 27) and Universidade do Minho (Nov. 6). Finally, there was a session using videoconference at Universidade da Madeira (Nov. 21).

November 2014