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 Regional Directorate for Science and Technology

The implementation of regional policy measures in the fields of science and technology (S&T) in the Autonomous Region of the Azores is carried out by two entities - the Regional Directorate for Science and Technology (DRCT) and the Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT); both are directly under the administration of the Regional Directorate for the Sea, Science and Technology (SRMCT).

For user convenience, the access to S&T web contents is available on the Science and Technology Portal, regardless of the entity responsible for their provision.

The Regional Directorate for Science and Technology lays out the foundations and measures on which regional policies pursued in the fields of science and technology should be based, coordinating and carrying out the actions deemed necessary for their implementation.
Its main lines of action are focused on supporting programmes and projects developed in the areas of scientific research, experimental development and innovation, and technological modernisation. Additionally, this entity is also responsible for promoting support infrastructures for scientific research activities and technological development, disseminating science and technology, encouraging the qualification of human resources and training initiatives, and contributing to specialised dissemination in the areas of science and technology.
The Autonomous Region of the Azores has been harnessing its potential in specific scientific and technological areas that stem from its geographical location and natural features, but also from the capabilities of its research units and the services already available or under construction. Its knowledge needs to be reinforced for the benefit of regional socio-economic development and its international projection.
The internationalisation of research conducted in the Region can benefit from international funding and the geostrategic position of the Azores between Europe and America. Hence, this is an important challenge to be embraced with the participation in networks of excellence as well as in technological and research projects developed in consortium, involving national and international institutions, in order to foster the development of the Region and its projection in the European Research Area.
In turn, knowledge creation and its transfer to the economic fabric are fundamental factors for the sustainable development of the Azores. The main challenge for researchers is to foster a culture of innovation based on the transfer of knowledge and technology and the promotion of added value areas.
The current strategy pursued by the Regional Government of the Azores is based on reinforcing the establishment of knowledge partnerships and the coordination between the entities of the Azores Scientific and Technological System (SCTA) and the socio-economic fabric, as well as between research, innovation and entrepreneurship. The aim is to strengthen cooperation between research centres and companies by embracing and strengthening every link in the innovation chain, from fundamental research to technology transfer.


Bruno Miguel Correia Pacheco
 Regional Director for Science and Technology
Bruno Miguel Correia Pacheco



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