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CRIA - University of the Algarve

The University of Algarve is a 30 years old institution, deservedly recognized on account both of the growth of its physical structures and of the maturity evidenced in its teaching, administrative and research structures. The University is equipped with modern laboratories, used for research and experimentation in the most varied areas of knowledge, committed to research and development, with an extensive list of Centres, Laboratories and Research Associations distributed by various areas of research. This allows the university to guarantee a group of competences likely to be transferred to the market. The proof of this potential is the number of projects developed by this centres and laboratories in collaboration with private enterprises and associations, towards the development of products and services directed to the market.

Regional Centre for the Innovation of the Algarve (CRIA), directed to promote, transfer and support the commercialization of knowledge. CRIA created in 2003, by UALG, the Algarve Commission of Coordination and Regional Development (CCDR Algarve), the National Youth Entrepreneurs Association (ANJE Algarve) and Algarve Regional Enterprise Association (NERA). CRIA has developed spaces of technology agglomeration and supported entrepreneurs in the creation of knowledge based businesses. We have presented 75 innovation projects from UALG, created 2 Ideas Contests which have already resulted 20 spin offs, the participation in FINICIA (National platform directed to support entrepreneurship through venture capital), the Regional Innovation Plan (a strategy for 2007-2013) and the conception of a Services Catalogue of the Laboratories of UALG. CRIA created the Algarve Science & Technology Park, due to open in 2010, towards the promotion of innovation, partnerships and economic sustainability.


João Amaro
Coordenador Executivo
Executive Officer

Alexandra Marques
Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences

CRIA - Divisão de Empreendedorismo e Transferência de Tecnologia
Universidade do Algarve
Campus de Gambelas, Pavilhão A5
8005-139 Faro, PORTUGAL

Tel: +351 289 800 093

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