Science and innovation underpin the economies of both Portugal and the UK.

SIN Portugal engages with the local science & innovation community in support of UK policy overseas and create strategic relationships to harness the value of science & innovation discoveries and investments overseas, leading to mutual UK and Portugal benefits.

SIN Portugal facilitates policy exchange between the UK and Portugal and encourages collaborative partnerships between the two countries. Our main stakeholders and partners include government departments, parliamentary and devolved institutions, public sector bodies, universities, research, and industry. The Embassy also collaborate closely with the British Council.

In support of the UK Science and Innovation strategy, SIN Portugal is part of the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) with over 110 officers in over 40 countries and territories worldwide.

For an introductory brief which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and successes in Portugal, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot.


In addition to supporting policy exchange, SIN Portugal focuses on three strategic areas:

  • Health and Life Science
  • Space, Earth Observation and Oceans
  • Cyber and ICT [digital]

Additionally SIN Portugal work to the following global objectives:

  • influence Portugal’s science and innovation policies of government, industry and academia to benefit the UK
  • improve UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges with Portugal
  • stimulate strategic science collaborations with Portugal to benefit the UK and deliver wider policy goals
  • harness Portugal international technology partnerships and investment to grow UK innovation capability

Our services

We proactively seek out for UK-Portugal collaborations in our priority areas of interest, and to assess any potential projects that support may support that are suggested to us. If you are looking to work with researchers or innovators in the UK or Portugal then please get in touch with Frederico Lyra, our Science and Innovation Officer in Portugal.

Our successes

On 18 July 2019 the UK became a full member of the Portugal-led Atlantic International Research (AIR) Centre in a ceremony held at the British Academy.

The team also successfully worked towards the signing of two other agreements between the UK and Portuguese space agencies to promote civil space cooperation, and between Imperial College and the Portuguese science funding and policy body FCT to promote joint research respectively.

Access the Impact Study produced on this occasion here.

Our people

Frederico Lyra, Science and Innovation Officer

Contact us

Frederico Lyra

Science & Innovation Officer

British Embassy Lisbon
Rua de São Bernardo 33

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