Last April 6, the Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte (CCDR-N), manager of NORTE 2020, presented one of the most robust packages ever to support scientific infrastructures and Research & Development projects in the North. The new Fraunhofer research center in Portugal - Fraunhofer Portugal AWAM - is part of this infrastructure and is, therefore, included in this set of financing more specifically for the development of technological applications for the treatment of nutrients, water and energy.
Liliana Ferreira, executive director of Fraunhofer Portugal, was present at the event, together with other distinguished guests from the academic, scientific and political sphere of our country.
In all, CCDR-N has approved or in the final stage of approval a set of community financing of 61 million euros, in a total investment of 72 million, to be carried out by 2023. In this set, structural investments in eight scientific infrastructures in the region stand out, with a volume of Community financing exceeding 30 million euros. António Cunha, President of CCDR-N, highlighted that “today there is a regional consensus on the role of Science in the development of the North”.
As one of the research centers operating under the roof of Fraunhofer Portugal, Fraunhofer Portugal AWAM (Research Center for Smart Agriculture and Water Management – AWAM) was founded in 2019 in partnership between the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), Fraunhofer Portugal, the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), the Universidade de Évora (UÉ) and the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD).
Dedicated to applied research in this specific field of science and technology, Fraunhofer Portugal AWAM aims at developing, adapting and applying innovative processing technologies to close regional loops of nutrients, water and energy.