EFICE - the Industrial Development Strategy for Growth and Employment

EFICE – the Industrial Development Strategy for Growth and Employment was designed by the Government as a key instrument for economic growth in the coming years, with the goal to set Portugal as an attractive country for new investments, creating skilled jobs and engaging in Research, Development and Innovation.

This Strategy sets out nine areas of action: to reinvigorate business sector; to stabilize domestic demand and private consumption; human resources qualification; business financing; investment attraction; tax competitiveness; internationalization; innovation, entrepreneurship and R&D; and the creation of an infrastructure that enables competitiveness.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship are a central focus of the Strategy, setting goals that will allow Portugal to become stronger as an entrepreneurial and innovative economy, mainly through:

  • The promotion and funding of investment in market-oriented, demand-driven R&D, with a growing share of private funds;
  • The creation of an entrepreneurship-friendly environment and the promotion of a merit-based culture that is favorable to entrepreneurial risk;
  • The encouragement to civil society initiatives for launching of start-ups and alternative funding sources towards new entrepreneurial projects.

The National Innovation Agency will act as the central instrument for aligning EFICE with ENEI Strategies, as well as with the new framework for business support (Portugal 2020).

The full text of EFICE is available here.

ENEI - the National Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization

The National Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization (ENEI) was approved on December 23rd, 2014 and is available here.

The National Innovation Agency is the entity presiding over ENEI’s Coordinating Council.

The National Innovation Agency chairs the ENEI’s Coordinating Council.

ENEI is the first Portuguese National Strategy for Research and Innovation for Smart Specialization, articulating national and regional levels. It aims to develop the whole national research and innovation system within a sustainable framework, with the goal to reduce the weaknesses identified in the Analysis of the Portuguese R&I System and its corresponding SWOT analysis, which has been coordinated by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) in 2013.

The document identifies the major smart specialization goals, identifying the areas where specific scientific, technological and economic expertise can be found in Portugal, both country-wide and/or throughout its regions, and in which the country hold comparative and competitive advantages, or the potential to emerge as such. Alignment with these goals is mandatory when applying to “Portugal 2020”‘s funding opportunities in Research, Technological Development and Innovation activities, and a priority in other lines of the programmes’ activities, such as within the support to competitiveness of SMEs.

The document also encompasses ENEI’s governance model, which establishes a Coordinating Council for ensuring effective coordination and monitoring to the implementation of the Strategy’s policy-mix. ANI chairs this Council and will also provide for its technical secretariat.

The full texts of ENEI and its regional strategies are available here.