ANI – Portugal

ANI is the Portuguese National Innovation Agency.
Its mission is to promote knowledge transfer through greater and better collaboration and cooperation between enterprises and the research & knowledge production institutions.

ANI’s mandate is to promote innovation through research funding.
ANI is assumed as “The Innovation Hub” that embodies the growing alignment of the R&D, Innovation and Technology-based Entrepreneurship policies in the areas of science and economy, with the main function to promote knowledge transfer, in particular through more and better cooperation and coordination between companies and R&I institutions.

9.8 MEuros (2019)

ANI pursues a wide range of activities:
– Enhances collaborative innovation
– Leverages knowledge transfer to companies
– Increases the participation of the National Science & Technology System and of national
companies in the Research & Innovation international networks
– Strengthens business investment in R&I
– Fosters a social environment which favours technological entrepreneurship

Therefore, ANI is endowed with a model of governance which allows it to take a central position in the science-economy relation, partnering with relevant stakeholders. There are three Directorates managing different working areas:

Funding incentives – ANI manages a set of financial and tax incentives for research, development and innovation with the aim of supporting the valorisation of scientific and technological knowledge by turning it into economic growth

Projects & International Cooperation – ANI promotes and participates in a number of programmes, projects and initiatives aimed at boosting the internationalization of the National Research and Innovation System, ensuring the global competitiveness of applied research projects

Policy and Innovation Promotion – ANI has a key role in supporting the definition of innovation policies and the integrated promotion of support to business R&D, technology transfer, technological innovation and technology-based entrepreneurship

Monitoring and Evaluation – ANI has a key role in supporting the definition of innovation policies, by monitoring key innovation indicators and rankings and evaluating the results of innovation projects and programmes coordinated and managed or supported by ANI

87 employees (2019)


Anabela Carvalho
Address: Campus do Lumiar, Ed. O, 1º – Estrada do Paço do Lumiar, 1649-038 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 924 406 091