The PortAberta project – Research Portal for Open Science – has as promoters the University of Minho (UMinho) and the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB).

The two Higher Education and Research Institutions share the need to establish a CRIS (Current Research Information Systems) and Research Portal, as a tool to support and strengthen their statement in research and development and their commitment to Open Science.
The PortAberta project results from the similar paths that the University of Minho and the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança have taken in the field of open access and open science, both being recognized institutions in these domains, and both facing the need to establish their research portals aligned with these paths and leveraging the systems and tools they already have.

Characterization of the Institutions

University of Minho

Founded in 1973, the University of Minho (UMinho) is currently a public foundation under private law, with statutory, scientific, pedagogical, cultural, administrative, patrimonial, financial, and disciplinary autonomy.
The UMinho adopts an organizational model of high institutional integration, promoting the interaction between its units with a view to carrying out the projects that materialize its mission and objectives, ensuring efficiency in the use of its means and resources.
The University of Minho is a research university, committed to the knowledge value chain: Research, Development and Innovation, and it is also focused on the socio-economic environment, having numerous successful partnerships in research, cultural, and socio-economic development projects.

Polytechnic Institute of Bragança

The Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) is a Portuguese University of Applied Sciences, founded in 1983, whose mission is the creation, transmission, and diffusion of technical-scientific knowledge and professional knowledge, through the coordination of study, teaching, oriented research, and experimental development. The IPB develops its mission in aggregation with society, including cross-border cooperation, in a perspective of territorial cohesion and national and international affirmation, with a view to the development of the region, based on innovation, production and transfer of technical and scientific knowledge.

The IPB’s main mission is the development of the Interior of Trás-os-Montes, preventing its desertification and constituting a center of attraction of initiatives for the region. The success of this mission is fundamentally based on building a higher education institution that is nationally and internationally recognized.


The project is the result of an application submitted in the scope of the Support System for Modernization and Training of the Public Administration (SAMA2020) of the Agency for Administrative Modernization (AMA). The project is co-funded by the Competitiveness and Internationalisation Operational Programme (COMPETE 2020) of Portugal 2020 and by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.

Execution deadline

Formal start date is on 01 July 2021 with end date on 30 June 2023.