The future is built with joined forces
To be in line with the European Standards of Development, in 2016, the Portuguese National Agency (ANI) started an investment to support and incentivize institutional diversification and innovation. The goal was to nurture social and economic knowledge and create qualified work.
The concept of Collaborative Laboratory (CoLAB) first came up as a step to create a denser institutional mesh that would generate qualified work and would increase collaboration between academia and industry, research and development, and business activities.
As the name says, a Collaborative Laboratory combines different institutions – universities, research centres, industry, municipalities, technology, and communication companies – to solve local and national problems with international relevance. By crossing scientific knowledge with the social, cultural, and economic fabric, there is a possibility to create a real impact in society by approaching problems in a holistic way.
Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS (FhP-AICOS)’ mission of developing research with practical utility is in line with the CoLABs purpose of bringing together industry and scientific knowledge to accelerate and capitalize research work created in Portugal. The proven business model operated by Fraunhofer and adopted by the CoLABs, ensures that the research produced by the CoLABs answers to the most pressing issues, and allows for foresight and exploration activities. CoLABs are close to this business model as its continuity allows to create qualified work and attract and retain talent.
FhP-AICOS is now part of three different CoLABs: