IRGC Portugal is established as a research consortium engaging, in the launch phase, 5 Associate Laboratories and the two main Portuguese engineering schools (Instituto Superior Técnico, IST-UTL, in Lisbon and Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, FEUP, in Porto), but is planned to evolve towards a larger collaborative platform involving other research units and Associate Laboratories, business corporations and non-governmental organizations.

The setup of IRGC Portugal is being supported by FCT through the funding of a dedicated research team as well as the launching of activities, for an initial period of three years.

Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research (IN+),
of the Laboratory of Robotics and Systems in Engineering and Science (LARSyS), former Institute of Systems and Robotics, ISR Lisboa LARSyS is a university based R&D institution where multidisciplinary advanced research activities are developed in the areas of Robotics and Information Processing, Signal Processing and Intelligent Systems, Sustainable Energy Systems and Technology Policy. It is an Associate Laboratory since November 2001.

LARSyS is affiliated to Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), the School of Engineering of the Technical University of Lisbon. Most of its PhD researchers are teaching staff of IST, through the research units ISR (Institute of Systems and Robotics), IN+ (Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research) and CAMGSD (Center for Mathematical Analysis, Geometry, and Dynamical Systems). The Associate Laboratory also includes IMAR-Azores (Univ. Azores), CREMINER of the University of Lisbon and HCI Madeira (Univ. Madeira).

Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto (INESC Porto),
INESC Porto is a private non-profit association, recognised as a Public Interest Institution and an Associate Laboratory since 2002. INESC Porto invests in Scientific Research and Technological Development, as well as in Advanced Training and Consulting, Technology Transfer and supports the Establishment of new Technology-based Companies.

INESC Porto was created to act as an interface between the academic world, the world of industry and services and the public administration in Information Technologies, Telecommunications and Electronics (ITT&E). Its activities range from research and development, to technology transfer, consulting and advanced training.

Institute of telecommunications (IT, through IT Porto),
Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) is a private, non-profit organisation, of public interest, a partnership of six academic institutions with experience and traditions in research and development in the field of Telecommunications: Instituto Superior Técnico (IST); Universidade de Aveiro (UA); Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra (FCTUC); Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI); Portugal Telecom Inovação, S.A. (PTIn); Nokia Siemens Networks.

IT mission is to create and disseminate scientific knowledge in the field of telecommunications. Scientific expertise, from which follow its main research and education activities, spans through the following wide areas: Wireless Communications; Optical Communications; Networks and Multimedia; Basic Sciences and Enabling Technologies.

Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (IBB),
IBB is a R&D unit, founded in October 2006 aiming to be a strategic infrastructure for the development of the Portuguese R&D and innovation policies in the areas of Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Life, Biomedical and Agricultural Sciences. IBB combines its R&D activities with advanced education, technology transfer, consulting and services, with the aim of fostering the industrial, health, agriculture and environmental sectors.

IBB is a nation-wide Institution and a partnership of five research units based in university campuses located in the North (Braga and Vila Real), Centre (Lisboa),) and South (Faro) and the Azores (Terceira island).of Portugal. IBB activities are built on the complementarities and synergies between its research units and on the excellent records of accomplishment of its members. IBB has a strategic and ambitious research plan to respond to the new challenges resulting from the extraordinary developments and breakthroughs in subjects such as Molecular and Cell Biology, Genomics, Systems Biology, Biomaterials, Cell and Tissue Engineering, and Nanotechnology.

Institute for Health Research and Innovation (I3S),
The Institute for Health Research and Innovation (I3S) was established in 2008 as the result of a long-standing convergence strategy that resulted in the consolidation of a Consortium between three research Institutes that were established a couple of decades ago (IBMC, INEB and IPATIMUP). It brought together molecular and cell biology with bioengineering and translational research in neurosciences, oncology, degenerative diseases and regeneration technologies. It combines R&D activities with graduate training and technology transfer, while also providing a variety of services and advice to government and industry.

Among the several hundred researchers it also includes faculty from five Schools of the University of Porto, namely biomedicine, medicine, engineering, science and pharmacy. It has a long tradition of international collaborations and an excellent track record in terms of publications, joint international projects and the development of integrative programs across scientific and technological domains. It has promoted a robust dialogue with society through many activities that encourage the public´s participation in the debate of sensitive new domains in the life sciences.