Pioneering initiative in Portugal rewards promising research projects

20 may 2022


In total, 14 applications were submitted in the 1st edition of the InnOValley Proof of Concept Fund (IOV PoC), and 4 were distinguished as the most innovative scientific projects: one at IGC, led by Simão Coelho from the Optical Cell Biology Lab, and 3 at ITQB NOVA. Each one receives around €50k in funding and over the next 12 months the projects researchers from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) and the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (ITQB NOVA), will confirm preliminary data and develop proposals that will solve challenges present in society.

Following the successful trend of the best and most experienced technology transfer and innovation offices in the world, the InnOValley Proof of Concept Fund (IOV PoC) places Oeiras at the forefront of innovation, with an annual funding mechanism that aims to bring scientific research closer to society and the market.

The projects evaluation was carried out by a panel of eight members, professionals with decades of international experience in the field of innovation, such as Jane Kinghorn, Director of the Translational Research Office at University College London, with a highly successful past implementing funding mechanisms.

The total fund for the 1st edition is €200,000.00, with a financial contribution of €160,000.00 from the Municipality of Oeiras and €20,000.00 from each of the scientific institutions (IGC and ITQB NOVA). The InnOValley Proof of Concept Fund is an initiative of the InnOValley Innovation Unit, shared between the IGC and ITQB NOVA, a result of a partnership between these scientific institutions and the Municipality of Oeiras, which embraced this project under one of the three pillars of the Strategy for Science and Technology of Oeiras. With this model of shared innovation unit, very common in Europe and the United States of America, but so far non-existent in Portugal, another step is taken to bring science closer to people.


Projects distinguished:

Team leader: Simão Pedro Pereira Coelho, Post Doc, IGC, Optical cell biology

Team: Pedro Pereira ITQB NOVA; Mario Del Rosario IGC; Jorge Carvalho IGC; Ricardo Henriques IGC


Project lead: Ana Petronilho ITQB NOVA, Bioorganometallic Chemistry

Team: Catarina Pimentel ITQB NOVA


Project lead: Rita Abranches ITQB NOVA, Plant Cell Biology

Team: Rita Ventura ITQB NOVA; Bárbara Rebelo ITQB NOVA; Peter Kis ITQB NOVA


Project lead: Elin Moe, ITQB NOVA, Macromolecular Crystallography unit

Team: Elin Moe



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