The “Interface Mission”, a new phase of basic funding for collaborative laboratories such as BUILT CoLAB, began in June.
The aim of this project is to guarantee basic public funding to strengthen the network of interface institutions defined in the current legal framework, approved by Decree-Law no. 63/2019 of May 16, commonly known as the “Science Law”, as well as in its 1st revision on “Technology and Innovation Centers – CTI” and “Collaborative Laboratories – CoLAB”, approved by Decree-Law no. 126-B/2021 of December 31. This base funding is important for BUILT CoLAB, as it works in conjunction with competitive projects and equity, allowing it to ensure the operation of this collaborative laboratory in the mission it pursues. This phase is co-financed by the PRR – Recovery and Resilience Plan and the European Union – www.recuperarportugal.gov.pt.
The Collaborative Laboratories project is an ANI initiative that aims to create and maintain entities dedicated to the production, dissemination and transmission of knowledge by pursuing their own research and innovation agendas. Through a portfolio of higher value-added products or systems, CoLABs are geared towards facilitating companies’ access to global markets through exports, as well as supporting the attraction of foreign investment in technology-intensive areas. They are therefore of strategic importance to the country’s various sectors of activity, especially the construction sector through BUILT CoLAB.