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ARDITI – Regional Agency for the Development of Research, Technology and Innovation

Original name: 
ARDITI – Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação
Edif. Madeira Tecnopolo, Piso 2 Caminho da Penteada
Funchal 9020-105

ARDITI is a recently-established private non-profit agency that has as founding shareholders the Regional Government and University of Madeira, as well as a number of companies based in the region with particular interest in RTD activities. The new agency merges Madeira Tecnopolo (Technology and Science Park) and CITMA – Centre for Science and Technology to form a single organisation.
The ARDITI mission is to boost Madeira’s RTD and innovation system by strengthening the collaboration and links between the scientific and business communities.


The main activities and objectives of ARDITI are:

  • to strengthen collaboration and links between its members and associates with the scientific and business community;
  • to promote and support research and development (R&D) activities, in particular through the allocation of funding for scientific research and technological development projects, fellowships for teachers and researchers, as well as Postgraduate, Master's, PhD and Postgraduate – PhD;
  • to develop and support human resources training actions;
  • to carry out valuation and dissemination activities of R&D results and implement them in the business environment;
  • to support the Regional Government in the promotion and execution of scientific and technological policies;
  • to provide consultancy and technical support services to natural and legal persons, including central, regional and local government bodies;
  • to detect and select sources of funding for the scientific and technical activities of its members.
  • to exchange and disseminate technical and scientific information;
  • to manage the funds allocated to under Community funds;
  • to proceed to the development, promotion and management of the Madeira Science and Technology Park;
  • to make research and innovation a priority for the Region by supporting the generation of knowledge-based jobs and growth;
  • to invest and create synergies to channel RTD+I efforts into the region's capital gains by exploiting economic opportunities and growth potential;
  • to improve the innovation process according to a strategic intelligence perspective on the Region's gains, challenges, competitive advantages and potential for excellence;
  • to promote greater involvement of stakeholders by ensuring that all partners are fully involved in the development, implementation and follow-up of the region's smart specialization strategy.