Founded in 1977, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, NOVA University (FCT-NOVA) is one of the most prestigious Portuguese and European engineering and science public schools. It is engaged in extensive research activity developed at 16 research centres involving 1600 PhD and Master’s students of the total enrolment of circa 7800. FCT-NOVA partners with foreign universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Texas at Austin to offer advanced programs. FCT-NOVA has a broad expertise in cutting edge R&D+I due to its multidisciplinary nature and strong experience in fundamental and applied research projects in areas from materials, environment and biotechnologies to conservation and restoration. FCT researchers have been awarded in Europe and worldwide, namely with ERC grants, 5 since data. NOVA University is ranked as one of top 50 world universities with less than 50 years.


  Building Global Innovators (BGI) is a ISCTE-IUL & MIT deep innovation global accelerator. It provides start-ups with: Investment, Experts mentoring and In-Kind support. BGI has already raised more than 80 M euros for its start ups, it has 74 active ventures and created more than 450 jobs.



Startup Lisboa is the Lisbon’s top incubator for start-up companies from tech, commerce and tourism sectors. Startup Lisboa was born from the will of citizens, by being one of the most voted ideas in Lisbon participative budget, an initiative of the Municipality of Lisbon. Founded in 2011, it is a private non-profit association, which counts on three founding entities: Lisbon Municipality, Montepio Bank, and IAPMEI – Portuguese Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation. The mission is to support the development and growth of the incubated start-ups, helping them to attract customers, investment, to scale and to become global. Since its foundation, Startup Lisboa has supported more than 200 startups. Startup Lisboa has been distinguished with several prizes amongst which we highlight the European Enterprise Promotion Award 2013, by European Commission and People’s Choice Award for Best Accelerator or Incubators in Europe by the London Web Summit.


ffcullogo CCIAM (Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Modelling) is part of the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change of University of Lisbon. CCIAM is a leading national and international research group on Climate Change topics, counting on a multidisciplinary team (of nearly 40 researchers and professors) to implement transdisciplinary projects. The group works intensively on Policy-Science- Practice interface and is recognized for the use of Participatory Action-Research methodologies to increase the projects’ impact in society.
Since 2008, CCIAM provides climate services to national associations, companies, and Municipalities. CCIAM is very active in coordinating and participating in EU and national funded projects related to Climate Change topics. In Portugal. CCIAM is a co-founder of ECOLISE, a coalition of organisations engaged in promoting and supporting local communities across Europe in their efforts to build pathways to a sustainable future. CCIAM is also bringing Art (e.g., music, dance, drawing) to most of its products (conferences, reports, books).

Portuguese Environment Agency’s (APA) mission is to propose, develop and monitor the integrated and participatory management of environmental policies and sustainable development, in coordination with other sectoral policies and in collaboration with public and private entities. Among other policy areas, APA implements, promotes and regulates the climate change and low carbon policy in Portugal, with high level skills and responsibilities in domains like greenhouse gas emissions inventory, EU-ETS, policies and measures, and promotion low carbon projects.



ZERO is a very recent environmental NGO, born from the common interest of a hundred individuals with a lasting experience in environmental activism, to make sustainable development in Portugal more tangible. ZERO counts currently with more than 500 members, aspiring towards societal targets as Zero pollution, Zero carbon emissions, or Zero biodiversity loss. ZERO intervenes in the Portuguese society through pro-active participation in the defense of the balance between environment, society and the economy, to build a more cohesive, social and economically sound world that ultimately respects the planet’s natural limits.



In summary, all the partners are highly aware of the value of innovation for a low carbon agenda. Each partner under its own working framework fully understands how it can contribute actively across the entire innovation framework and work across the knowledge triangle: innovation to business promotion schemes (Start-up Lisboa), research co-creation with stakeholders (CCIAM), policy opportunities and constrains to leverage low carbon innovation (APA), and societal commitment and communication (ZERO). All are keen and motivated to participate in RIS activities.