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The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, funded by the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), is responsible for the coordination of inRes, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), UTEN Portugal, Caixa Capital, and INESC TEC.


Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program

Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program (CMU Portugal) is a platform for education, research and innovation that brings together Portuguese universities, research institutions and companies, and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The partnership was launched in 2006, and was renewed for another five years in 2012. Its mission is to place Portugal at the forefront of innovation in key focused areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), by promoting cutting-edge research, world-class graduate education and a close collaboration with the Portuguese industry. It’s activities are funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), supported by the Council of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities (CRUP), and co-financed by business partners and by CMU.  
CMU logo  Carnegie Mellon University 

Carnegie Mellon is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon has campuses in Pittsburgh, Pa., California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. CMU has been a birthplace of innovation since its founding in 1900. Today, CMU is a global leader bringing groundbreaking ideas to market and creating successful startup businesses. Carnegie Mellon’s award-winning faculty members are renowned for working closely with students to solve major scientific, technological and societal challenges. The University puts a strong emphasis on creating things—from art to robots. Its students are recruited by some of the world’s most innovative companies. 

PTA logo  Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA)

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), the marketing affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, markets the benefits of conducting business in southwestern Pennsylvania to companies all over the world that are growing, relocating or expanding. The PRA also works to support the growth of existing regional employers. 

FCT  Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) 

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia is the national funding agency for science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains, under responsibility of the Ministry for Education and Science. FCT’s vision is to establish Portugal as global reference in science, technology and innovation, and ensure that knowledge generated by scientific research is used fully, for economic growth and the well-being of all citizens. FCT started its activity in August 1997, succeeding the Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (JNICT). Since March 2012 FCT coordinates public policies for the Information and Knowledge Society in Portugal, after the integration of the Knowledge Society Agency - UMIC

In October 2013, FCT took over the attributions and responsibilities of the Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional (FCCN). FCT’s mission is to continuously promote the advancement of knowledge in science and technology in Portugal, attain the highest international standards in quality and competitiveness, in all scientific and technological domains, and encourage its dissemination and active role in society and in economic growth. FCT pursues its mission by funding fellowships, studentships and research contracts for scientists, research projects, internationally competitive research centres and state-of-the-art infrastructures, via competitive calls with international peer-review. FCT ensures Portugal’s participation in international scientific organizations fosters the participation of the scientific community in international projects and promotes knowledge transfer between R&D centres and industry. Working closely with international organizations, FCT coordinates public policy for the Information and Knowledge Society in Portugal and ensures the development of national scientific computing resources. The results of FCT accomplishments are, in essence, the outcome of the work carried out by the individual scientists, research groups and institutions that are funded by FCT. 

UTEN logo  UTEN Portugal 

The University Technology Enterprise Network (UTEN) was launched in March 2007 as one of the international partnership programs of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). For over 5 years, UTEN has promoted activities that have contributed to a professional infrastructure for science and technology commercialization in a competitive level worldwide, providing training and supporting business development (built on knowledge generated in the Portuguese universities) and their access to international markets. Currently, UTEN involves all Portuguese university-based technology transfer offices plus other scientific institutions and science parks.

UTEN Portugal works together with the UT Austin Portugal, CMU Portugal and MIT Portugal Programs, in collaboration with the Council of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities (CRUP) and the University of Texas at Austin.

Caixa Capital 
Caixa Capital

Caixa Capital is the Private Equity and Venture Capital fund management company of Portugal's largest banking group Caixa Geral de Depósitos, present in over 20 countries and with assets above 120 billion Euros. With a total of close to 750 million Euros under management, the largest and most relevant in the country, Caixa Capital invests in growth equity and venture capital opportunities and funds. The Venture Capital team partners with incubators, accelerators and business angels for seed and startup investments and with major international venture funds for opportunities above 1 million Euros. The team aims to support global expansion of Portugal related teams and companies and has dedicated team members to ICT, digital, health tech, engineering and clean tech investments.