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Research, Development and Innovation

Scientific research is particular relevant at the Faculty of Pharmacy, contributing to the constant scientific and pedagogical updating.

In addition to the teaching component, teachers devotes a large part of their time in developing research projects, both nationally and internationally, many of which in partnership with other public and private institutions.

Likewise, 97% of career professors are associated with 5 research units, classified by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portuguese public agency that supports science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains, under responsibility of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education) as Excellent (2018). Are they:
In addition to the research work developed and produced by the professors, FFUP count with the presence of 91 external researchers, who greatly contribute to the excellent research produced at the institution.


FFUP occupies a top place in the ranking of the U.Porto with regard to the publication of articles indexed in prestigious international scientific journals.

From the point of view of scientific production, FFUP has occupied the first places in the U.Porto ranking in number of publications per teacher indexed in the "Web of Science".



R&D+i projects underway at FFUP, funded by national and international entities:

Partner European Commission 101095720 Smart health innovation & future technologies HUB. STEINBEIS 2I GMBH Elísio Costa
Partner European Commission 2021-1-ES01-KA220-ADU-000028226 Green Digital Diversity. CEPA SON CANALS Elísio Costa
Partner European Commission 2021-1-HU01-KA220-HED-000032251 VIBE - Virtual Biomedical and STEM Education . University of Pecs Elísio Costa
Partner European Commission 40865 Ageing@EITHealth PhD School. Universidade de Coimbra Elísio Costa
Partner European Commission 210892 SmashMedicine: Phase III – community driven learning. University of Oxford Elísio Costa
Coordinator European Commission 101034369 BEhavioral and Adherence Model for improving quality, health outcomes and cost-Effectiveness of healthcare. Elísio Costa -
Partner European Commission 40805 EIT Health Regional Innovation Scheme. Sihtasutus Tallinna Teaduspark Tehnopol Elísio Costa
Partner European Commission 2021-1-IT02-KA220-SCH-000032570 INES - Innovative teaching and learning paths for the prevention of new drugs abuse Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna Fernando Remião
Copromotor ANI POCI-01-0247-FEDER-047003 NovInDog - Novel functional protein ingredients for dog food: a sustainable approach Sorgal Maria de La Salette Rodrigues
Participant FCT PTDC/CTA-AMB/0853/2021 NIAF - Sustainable antifouling agents: from grape wastes to the sea with the green chemistry leading the way Marta Carvalho Guerra
Carlos Afonso
Participant FCT PTDC/SAU-NUT/2165/2021 COBY4HEALTH - Can coffee by-products decrease the risk of metabolic syndrome? A comprehensive approach to reduce waste and valorize health benefits REQUIMTE Maria Beatriz Oliveira
Participant FCT PTDC/GES-URB/2038/2021 CAOP - Climate adaptation for older people living in vulnerable urban areas. Designing a climate-responsive and community-based methodology. Faculdade de Engenharia da U.Porto Elísio Costa
Co-beneficiary European Institute of Innovation & Technology 495 INVENTHEI - INnoVation and ENTrepreneurship in HEIs Faculdade de Engenharia da U.Porto Elísio Costa
Copromotor ANI NORTE-01-0247-FEDER-047239 Valuation of by-products of cork industry for the development of cosmetic products Dimas & Silva Isabel Almeida
Participant FCT PTDC/QUI-QFI/2870/2020 Marine Chemiluminescence as a Broad-Spectrum Anticancer Therapy with Enhanced Tumor-Selectivity and Activity Faculdade de Ciências da U.Porto David Pereira
Participant FCT PTDC/CTM-TEX/1213/2020 Antimicrobial and halocromic fiber-based wound dressings using novel pyrimidine-derived molecules Universidade do Minho Maria Eugénia Pinto
Participant FCT PTDC/CTA-AMB/6686/2020 Enantioselective ecotoxicity and bioaccumulation of psychoactive substances CESPU Maria Elizabeth Tiritan
Principal Contractor FCT PTDC/SAU-NUT/6061/2020 Explore the impact of DIETary-eXPOSOME on chronic inflammation assessed through in vitro assays and mathematical modelling Isabel Ferreira -
Partner European Commission 2020-1-CZ01-KA203-078218 Open access Educational Materials On Naturally Occurring Molecules - sources, biological activity and use Univerzita Karlova Fernando Remião
Co-beneficiary European Commission H2020-SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2 Unravelling Data for Rapid Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 Prins Leopold Instituut Voor Tropische Geneeskunde David Pereira
Co-beneficiary CCDR-N NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000041 AgriFood XXI - Development and consolidation of research in the agrifood sector in Northern Portugal Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Doutro Maria Beatriz Oliveira
Co-beneficiary CCDR-N NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000039 HEALTH-UNORTE: Setting-up biobanks and regenerative medicine strategies to boost research in cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neurological, oncological, immunological and infectious diseases Universidade do Minho Maria de La Salette Rodrigues
Copromotor ANI POCI-01-0247-FEDER-046080 cLabel+: Innovative natural, nutritious and consumer-oriented clean label foods Sumol+Compal Susana Vicente
Copromotor ANI POCI-01-0247-FEDER-046112 BIOma - Integrated BIOeconomy Solutions for the Mobilization of the Agro-food Campotec Maria Beatriz Oliveira
Participant FCT COA/BRB/0035/2019 Centenarian olive trees of Côa Valley region: rediscovering the past to valorise the future Instituto Politécnico de Bragança Susana Vicente
Copromotor FCT PRIMA/0007/2018 Milk Quality along the Dairy Chain for a Safe and Sustainable MILK Institut De L'Elevage David Pereira
Participant FCT POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029243 Development of new inhibitors of invasive osteosarcoma based on fisetin derivatives REQUIMTE Félix Carvalho
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The Competence Centre for Active and Healthy Ageing of the University of Porto - Porto4Ageing - is a multidisciplinary working group in the areas of ageing, digital health, entrepreneurship and innovation, which promotes networking activities (construction and management of national and international collaborative work networks), research and innovation (design and implementation of national and European research and innovation projects), training and empowerment of the population (e.g. students, professionals, caregivers, patients), and validation and scaling of innovative solutions.



Colab4Food is a new entity within the Innovation, Research and Development (I&R&D) food sector aiming at increasing its competitiveness through a collaborative strategy between the academic and business entities.

Colab4Food will be a catalyst within the food sector by establishing the bridge between industry needs and academic/scientific know-how. It will contribute to the development of more sustainable food processes, innovative food solutions and circular economy concepts. Moreover, it will also provide R&D consultancy and services. This is supported by a highly qualified team of experts with a large experience in several areas, ranging from food science and technology to microbiology, through biotechnology and engineering.


Information on existing funding opportunities of potential interest to the U.Porto community, at the regional, national and european level, conveying diverse useful information around current strategies and financing lines can be found on uporto2020.up.pt.

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