Polytechnic of Leiria has affirmed itself in the last years as an Institution focused on research, development and innovation (R&D+i), having as its identity brand an R&D+i Ecosystem primarily oriented to the economic and social fabric of the region where it is inserted, but always centered on the global, broader scope inherent to any R&D+I effort.

It is our objective to ensure a R&D+i activity that is useful for the Region, but also relevant for the whole country, and with potential for application in an international context, within our various areas of activity.

In addition to our dedicated research units, it is also worth mentioning the solid internal support structure Polytechnic of Leiria has for its R&D+i activity, which is divided in three sectors: INDEA, CTC and Projects office.

As a result of this structured effort, in the last 5 years, Polytechnic of Leiria executed more than 300 projects (75% national and 25% international) and 90 R&D+i SME services, and generated an important industrial and intellectual property, which currently comprises 24 patents, 13 utility models, 41 trademarks, 79 industrial designs and 5 copyright, granted by the National Institute of Industrial Property. Provisional applications of about 20 patents and 5 brands are under analysis.

Our 5 higher schools, 18 research units, 2 scientific infrastructures (CDRSP Building – Engineering and Biofabrication, CETEMARES Building – Science and Technology of the Sea) are the core of Polytechnic of Leiria R&D+I Ecosystem, accompanied by:

3 business incubators

1 business school

1 business association

1 technological center

1 technological park

2 regional energy agencies

1 living science center

4 clusters and technology competitiveness poles

For the future, Polytechnic of Leiria plans to

  • Continue to support, streamline and consolidate its R&D+I activities;
  • Establish and strengthen partnerships with other national and foreign institutesand research units, encouraging participation in joint projects;
  • Promote the exchange of researchers from the Polytechnic of Leiria with other national and foreign institutes and research units, as well as the integration of external researchers in our research units;
  • Strengthen and broaden existing partnerships or postgraduate training, both with other higher education institutions and with the local business sector;
  • Stimulate students’ participation (undergrads and postgrads) in our R&D+i activities.

We believe our R&D+I ecosystem will enable us, in a confident and sustained way, to achieve all these goals, so that new and more ambitious ones emerge, allowing us to continue to contribute to the improvement of our local, regional, national and global societies.

INDEA – Instituto de Investigação, Desenvolvimento e Estudos Avançados

INDEA is a training, research and development unit of Polytechnic of Leiria, which is part of its broader development strategy, aiming at promoting R&D+i activities and extension of postgraduate training in all scientific fields that Polytechnic of Leiria develops.

As a reference space for R&D+i and advanced training, INDEA aims to strengthen its own research capabilities and the development of scientific knowledge.


  • Promote, support and coordinate R&D+i activities;

  • Promote advanced training;

  • Contribute to the scientific and technological development and to the innovation capacity of the region and the country.

INDEA team is responsible for the technical, administrative support and communication with internal and external R&D+i units. Among the various services it provides, it is worth mentioning the support to the research units and the management of Polytechnic of Leiria Scientific Research Grants application processes.


Regulamento do INDEA


Maura Mendes:  indea@ipleiria.pt 
Phone number: +351 244 830 010

CTC – Centro de Transferência e Valorização do Conhecimento

CTC-OTIC, as an internal and external interface unit, allows leveraging projects execution and, in partnership with companies and other institutions, promote the creation of spin-offs.

Activities such as implementation of training actions, seminars, conferences, workshops, participation in exhibitions and organization of innovation and technology dissemination events at Polytechnic of Leiria are also CTC-OTIC responsibility.


  • Manage technology and knowledge transfer processes;
  • Manage intellectual property (copyright and industrial property);
  • Promote entrepreneurship (through dissemination actions, training and projects follow-up, business ideas and business plans (coaching));
  • Interact with IDD (Incubator D. Dinis) and OPEN (Specific Business Opportunities), in the virtual and physical incubation phase of spin-off companies and others supported by CTC-OTIC.

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Gabinete de Projetos

Polytechnic of Leiria Projects office is integrated in the Directorate of Planning and Strategic Development Services of the Institute (DSPDE), which also includes the Planning Office (GPLAN) and the Office of Organization and Methods (GOM).

Projects office was created with the objective of promoting participation of Polytechnic of Leiria organic and research units, teachers and researchers in projects financed by national and international programs.


  • Funding opportunities mining;
  • Systematization and internal dissemination of funding programs;
  • Promotion of internal and external national and international partnerships funding programs applications;
  • Management of the administrative and financial components in the application process for financing programs in which Polytechnic of Leiria participates, supporting its researchers in tasks for which they are not specifically trained.

The financial execution of approved projects is carried out by the Project Financial Management Sector (SGFP) of the Financial Services Department (DSF).


Ana Marta Santos (responsible) and Mariana Gaspar: gabinete.projectos@ipleiria.pt

Phone number: +351 244 830 010

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