Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives

The Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs) are projects that link both fundamental and applied research to technological innovation and economic development.

These projects aim to stimulate and promote innovation in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) through integrated activities in research, innovation, advanced education and training of human resources, with industry collaboration and emphasis on the commercialization of technology for real world impact. Ultimately, they seek to foster a culture that integrates discovery, innovation and internationalization by acting as international engines of innovation and growth.

The ERI strategically use professional master or doctoral education programs already in place in Portuguese universities, including the dual degree programs of the CMU Portugal Program.


An international innovation engine is a symbiotic relationship between researchers and industry partners, embedded in international knowledge and business networks, to create new ideas and to translate them into products, processes and services.

The Initiatives

ERI 2014 Call 

Name of the ERIPortuguese PICMU PIPortuguese InstitutionsOrganizations
+ATLANTIC: Science and Technology Policy and Innovation Analysis to Maximize the Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits of Deep Sea Exploration and Oil and Gas Development in the South Atlantic RegionRamiro Neves (IST-UL)Michael Griffin (EPP)IST-ID; ARDITI; M-ITIAM; CEIIA; EMAM; ISQ; ONIP; PETROGAL/Galp-E; R-Tech; TECHNIP; WAVEC
BioVisualSpeech: An Interactive Platform for Speech Therapy with Visual Bio-feedbackSofia Cavaco (NOVA.ID.FCT; FCT/UNL)Maxine Eskenazi (LTI)NOVA.ID.FCT; INESC IDCHLC; ESSA; HDE; SCML; Voice Interaction
GoLocal: From monitoring global data streams to context-aware recommendationsJoão Magalhães (NOVA.ID.FCT; FCT/UNL)Jamie Callan (CS)NOVA.ID.FCT; INESC ID; ITCML; Priberam; SAPO-LABS
S2MovingCity: Sensing and Serving a Moving CitySusana Sargento (IT/UA)Manuela Veloso (CS)IT; UAAPD; CMP; Veniam
SCREEN-DR: Image Analysis and Machine Learning Platform for Innovation in Diabetic Retinopathy ScreeningAurélio Campilho (INESC TEC; FEUP)Gustavo Rohde (BE)INESC TEC; UAARSN; BMD; CHTS; First Solutions; HSJ; UPMC
STRETCHTRONICS: Soft and Stretchable Mechatronics for Wearable Devices: Fabrication, Implementation and ApplicationsAníbal Traça de Almeida (ISR-Coimbra; UC)Carmel Majidi (ME)ISR-Coimbra; IPLEIRIA; UCCENTIMFE

ERI 2013 Call 

Name of the ERIPortuguese PICMU PIPortuguese InstitutionsOrganizations
AHA: Augmented Human AssistanceAlexandre Bernardino (ISR-IST-ID; IST-UL)Daniel P. Siewiorek (HCII); Asim Smailagic (HCII)IST-ID; FMH; M-ITI; NOVA.ID.FCTPLUX; YDreams Robotics
HYRAX: Crowd-sourcing Mobile Devices to Develop Edge CloudsFernando Silva (INESC TEC; FCUP)Priya Narasimhan (CS/ECE)INESC TEC; IT; NOVA.ID.FCTGeolink; Wavecom; YinzCam
E4VALUE: Innovation Dynamics in Aeronautics and Embraer in Évora – Towards a Distributed Platform for Entrepreneurial Initiatives, New Employment and Skills DevelopmentMiguel Amaral (IN+; IST-UL)Granger Morgan (EPP)IST-ID; IDMEC; INESC TECCEIIA; Embraer Portugal
INSIDE: Intelligent Networked robot Systems for Symbiotic Interaction with Children with Impaired DevelopmentFrancisco Melo (INESC ID; IST-UL)Manuela Veloso (CS)INESC ID; IST-ID; NOVA.ID.FCTHospital Garcia de Orta; IDMIND; PLUX; Voice Interaction
TEIPL: Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy LabPedro Oliveira (CLSBE/UCP)Lee Branstetter (SDS/Heinz)CLSBE/UCP; IMM-FMUL; IST-ULINNOSABI; Microsoft; NOVARTIS
VR2MARKET: Towards a Mobile Wearable Health Surveillance Product for First Response and other Hazardous ProfessionsJoão Paulo Cunha (INESC TEC; FEUP)Fernando De la Torre (RI)INESC TEC; IT; UABiodevices; Future Cities-UPorto; Hospital de Gaia; Petratex