UNINOVA (Institute for the Development of New Technologies) is a non-profit University-Enterprise association, that was formed in 1986 by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon (FCT/UNL), the Portuguese Industrial Association (AIP), the Professional Training and Employment Institute (IEFP), a financial holding (IPE) and other 30 companies. 

The main theme of Uninova is to pursue scientific research, technical development, high level training and the creation of new technological innovation centers and small size industries.


The Centre of Technologies and Systems (CTS) is one of the two R&D Centres of UNINOVA Institute.

CTS aims to develop theoretical and applied research and encourages technology transfer mostly supported by spin offs and deep involvement in international R&D projects. The scientific results are expected to improve the graduate training in the academia and contribute to the internationalization.

The CTS facilities are located in the UNIVOVA buildings (>1000m2) inside the FCT campus (plus some other laboratory facilities in Lisbon at ISEL). It includes research laboratories, meeting rooms and offices.

UNINOVA also provides support to CTS in terms of administrative and financial (account) services.

CTS has a very light organization scheme, as follows:

- A Director;

- A Scientific Council (SC) comprising some of the coordinators of the existing 10 R&D groups within the 3 mains lines (A, B, C);

- An External Advisory Board (EAB).