The R&I Loop partnership is committed to the projects’ objectives of adopting an approach that links Universities with their regions and make smart use of their research results. The partnership integrates 5 partners from 4 different countries (Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Germany), each with a specific core expertise, skills, and competences essential to achieve the project objectives and produce high-quality results.

If you would like to know more about the project and its results, please contact the project coordinator at UBI – Universidade da Beira Interior:

Dina Pereira [email protected]; João Leitão [email protected]

Universidade da Beira Interior (Portugal)

UBI is one of the youngest universities in Portugal, however it has been growing in terms of number of students; having presently around 7500, nationals and foreigners. UBI offers 30 graduation courses, 59 masters, and 30 doctoral courses in the 5 faculties: Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities, Arts and Literature, and Health Sciences. UBI has 14 research units and 2 associated labs. In terms of manpower, UBI currently has more than 600 teachers and 270 employees in its five faculties and fourteen departments.


Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany)

With around 30,500 students from over 120 countries, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest and most diverse universities in Germany. JGU enjoys global eminence as a research-driven university and with its research-oriented teaching, it covers research-based topics in the curricula early on. Similar emphasis is placed on promoting and mentoring young research talents. JGU also considers exchanging knowledge with society as one of its key duties. As an open university, JGU offers the populace a unique portfolio of information dissemination concepts that extend far beyond the scope of standard popular academic formats.


Inova+, Innovation Services S.A. (Portugal)

INOVA+ is a Portuguese company specialised in supporting the growth of organisations through innovation, international cooperation and access to funding. With 20 years of experience in European funding programmes and success in this area, INOVA+ regularly collaborates with the European Commission and other international bodies for the implementation of projects and services. Acting as an enabler for the participation of other organisations, INOVA+ position itself as a service provider in the development of applications and in the project implementation stage. With a presence in Portugal, Belgium, Poland and Germany, we work alongside team members who regularly act as external evaluators and experts in different European programmes.


Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain)

Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) is the oldest and largest technical university in Spain. It consists of twenty Schools plus two Faculties that cover most engineering disciplines as well as Architecture and Sports Science. UPM has more than 3,000 faculty members, around 38,000 undergraduate students, and around 8,000 graduate and doctoral students. About 5,000 students graduate every year. UPM is focused on higher education and research. UPM as a top-quality academic establishment has a strong commitment to R&D and Innovation, boasting 217 Research Units and 19 Research Centres and Institutes, contributing significantly to the international scientific community with a high number of journal papers, conference communications, and PhD theses. UPM has a long tradition of collaboration with Industry (around 50% of its R&D funding) and participation in international R&D programmes.


Università Politecnica della Marche (Italy)

By 2020, the University has five Faculties, 21 different undergraduate degree studies (3 years – first level), 19 graduate degree courses (second level), 3 single cycle university degrees with limited entry (1 in engineering – 5years, 1 in medicine & surgery – 6years and 1 in orthodontics and prosthetics – 6 years), 11 vocational study courses, 29 fields of specialization, and 10 PhD programmes with their administrative offices in Ancona. UPM has 12 different Departments. In the academic year 2019/20 the University has more than 18,000 students. The teaching faculty currently numbers 550 professors, teaching assistants, and researchers, along with 181 temporary staff and 605 technical and administrative personnel.