CMU Portugal Program Gets Its First Six Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives 

The Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) recently announced the results of the first call for Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs) of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program. Six proposals were approved for funding, among 21 submitted for evaluation, with a total budget of approximately 6 million Euros for the next four years.

With its renewal, the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program is emphasizing advanced education and research that can lead to significant entrepreneurial impact. The mission of the six ERIs is to stimulate and promote Portuguese innovation in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), by acting as international innovation engines. Embedded in global knowledge and business networks, and under the joint leadership of researchers from Portuguese institutions and Carnegie Mellon University, these initiatives will train creative innovators, generate new ideas, and translate them into products, processes and services. 

The overall level of industry participation and commitment in the first call was especially significant. More than 50 companies participated in the consortia, some in multiple proposals, with more than 60 participations. The level of commitment totaled over 3 million Euros in the 21 proposals, and over 1 million Euros in the six proposals recommended for funding.

The Evaluation Panel was chaired by Hans-Dieter Burkhard (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany), and its members were: David Padua (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States), Gilles Barthe (IMDEA - Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies, Spain), H. S. Jamadagni (Indian Institute of Science, India); Nora Ayanian (University of Southern California, United States); Richard de Neufville (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States), and Steve Markham (North Carolina State University, United States).

Name of the ERI  
 Portuguese PI
 
 
 
CMU  
PI  
 
Portuguese

Institutions 
 
 
 Organisations 
AHA:
Augmented Human Assistance
 >> 
Alexandre Bernardino
(ISR-IST-UL)
Daniel P. Siewiorek and Asim Smailagic
(HCII)
IST-UL
FMH-UL FCT/UNL
M-ITI
PLUX
YDreams Robotics
         
HYRAX:
Crowd-sourcing Mobile Devices to Develop Edge Clouds
 >> 
Fernando Silva
(INESC TEC/ FCUP)
Priya Narasimhan
(CS/ECE)

 
INESC TEC
FCT/UNL
IT
 
Geolink
Wavecom
YinzCam


 
         
Innovation Dynamics in Aeronautics and Embraer in Évora:
Towards a Distributed Platform for Entrepreneurial Initiatives, New Employment and Skills Development
 >> 
Joana Mendonça
(IN+/IST-UL) 
Granger Morgan
(EPP)
 
IST-UL
IN+
INESC TEC
IDMEC
CEIIA
Embraer Portugal

 
         
INSIDE:
Intelligent Networked robot Systems for Symbiotic Interaction with Children with Impaired Development
 >> 
Francisco Melo
(INESC ID; IST-UL)
Manuela Veloso
(CS)

 
INESC-ID IST-UL
FCT/UNL

 
Hospital Garcia de Orta
IDMind
PLUX Biosignals
VoiceInteraction
         
TEIPL:
Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy Lab
 >> 
Pedro Oliveira
(CLSBE)
Lee Branstetter
(SDS/Heinz)
UCP
IMM-FMUL 
IST-UL
innosabi
Novartis Farma
Microsoft
         
VR2MARKET:
Towards a Mobile Wearable Health Surveillance Product for First Response and other Hazardous Professions
 >> 
João Paulo Cunha
(INESC TEC / FEUP)

 
Fernando De la Torre
(RI)


 
INESC TEC
IT
IEETA-UA

 
Biodevices
Hospital de Gaia, Petratex
FutureCities-UPorto 
         


 

The proposals were all strongly aligned with the ERIs goals as described in the Phase II Roadmap, and with the thematic focus and strategic objectives of the Program.

During Phase I, the Program held three calls for collaborative research projects, involving at least two different institutions in Portugal, one or more companies, and Carnegie Mellon University. The first call took place in 2008 and funded 10 projects. The second call, in 2009, funded 12 more projects. A third call, also in 2009, jointly with the UT Austin Portugal Program, selected three projects in the area of Applied Mathematics. The 10 projects from the first call were concluded in 2012 and early 2013. The 12 projects from the second call had their conclusion planed for 2013/2014. The three projects from the third call have their conclusions planned for 2014.

Last update: June 2014