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SCAR - National Research Systems - Portugal

Agricultural research in Portugal should be considered in its broad sense: sustainable production, diet and nutrition, food safety, ecology, rural development and landscape management.

National Funding of the Agricultural Research System

The funding of the Portuguese agricultural research system is mainly conducted under the authority of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education and of the Ministry of Agriculture and of Rural and Fisheries Development. The main Portuguese Funding Agency of Research is the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). This funding agency is the central body of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, and has the responsibilities in the promotion, follow-up and evaluation of Institutes, science and technology projects and programs and also, in the advanced training and qualification of human resources in the areas under the this Ministry.

Other Agencies

AdI (Agência de Inovação, S.A.) is the Portuguese Innovation Agency with a main goal of promoting innovation and technological development, through the strengthening of relations between the research world and the Portuguese enterprises. This Agency has the capital divided in equal shares by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education and by the Ministry of Economy and Innovation.

Research Services and Scientific Directorate General under the surveillance of the aforementioned Ministries:
  • LNIV - Veterinary Research National Laboratory
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    The primary action activities of this Official Organ of MADRP are research, development and community services. LNIV is a National Reference Laboratory for the diagnostic of animal diseases and for waste research in living animals and in animal by-products, as milk and its derivatives. This institution is also an International Reference Laboratory for laboratorial diagnostic of contagious bovine peripneumonia.

  • INIAP - National Institute of Agronomy and Fisheries Research
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    INIAP is one of the National State Laboratories and carries out its activities through two main RTD structures, which match the two main action fields: agro-rural sector (INIA) and fisheries and ocean field (IPIMAR).

  • DGPC – Directorate General for Cultures Protection
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    DGPC is an Official Organ that acts has the Fitosanitary National Authority and closely to Agricultural Regional Directorates and with diverse national and International institutions.
Other Institutions under the Ministry of Agriculture, of Rural Development and Fisheries Research Institutions

Higher Education and Research in Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences: Other Research Institutions: Higher Agronomy Schools

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  SCAR meetings.

The SCAR plenary meetings are normally organised twice a year. Thirteen meetings have been held so far since February 2005.

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  Contact info.

The SCAR committee is supported by a Secretariat with staff from the Commission's Directorate-General for Research and staff made available to SCAR from Member States (‘virtual secretariat’). The Secretariat is in charge of the preparation and follow-up of forum meetings (e.g. coordination of the agenda, invitation, documents for the meeting, minutes) and provides assistance to the working groups.
Contact person: François Constantin.