The Digital Literacy Hub is located in IPSantarém and was created on 05 February 2020 as an expansion of CIAC, it has received a Very Good rating by FCT in the last evaluation. The Hub in Santarém is responsible for the development and promotion of research in the fields of digital literacy and integration of disadvantaged individuals in the labor market, thus responding to the social challenges present in these areas. The research developed in Santarém is coordinated with four other international research and development centers: Center for Social Innovation (CSI, Cyprus); the Research Group Images, Words, and Ideas (GIPI, Spain); Research Group in Language Studies, Libras, special, and Distance Education and technologies (GPELET, Brazil); Native Scientists (London, UK).

The objectives of the Group are:
– Contribute to the development of knowledge resulting from scientific and technological research in the fields of digital literacy and inclusion of disadvantaged individuals in  the labor market.
– Promote excellence in digital literacy as an effective strategy for inclusion in the labour market.
– To study the effectiveness of innovative resources and methodologies in empirical scenarios, as a way of promoting the employability of the target group.
– Develop a prototype for a holistic support model, with practices, resources, methodologies, connections, and correlations in the digital Domain, aimed at disadvantaged individuals, that can be globally replicated, thus contributing to a successful and sustainable inclusion.



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Instituto Politécnico de Santarém _Pólo da Literacia Digital e Inclusão Social (PLDIS_CIAC)WINNERS…

1º Award (as partner) Entrepreneurial Women In ICT – Enhanching Skills to Bridge Digital Divide

Honorable Mention (as leader) FrontWinners –  (Re)Skilling for Mentors with Immersive Experiences.

Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion Hub signs 4 international cooperation protocols

On December 12, 2023, the Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion Hub, represented by Coordinator Maria Potes Barbas, signed 4 international cooperation protocols with Higher Education institutions (Constantin Brâncuşi University – Romania, Goce Delcev University – North Macedonia and Latvian Academy of Culture – Latvia) and Research Centers (Institute for Quality of Life Research Center – Romania) in order to contribute more and more to the international impact of this research center.

Coordinator Maria Potes Barbas at the 5th Lusophone Economics and Management Symposium

The coordinator of the Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion Hub, Maria Potes Barbas, attended the 5th Lusophone Economics and Management Symposium, which took place from November 21 to 23 in Maputo, Mozambique.

During her participation, the researcher presented the Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion Hub and all its surrounding activities. The presentation demonstrated the Pole’s growing international impact.

Professor Filipe Madeira wins application for the National Network for Advanced Computing

Professor Maria Potes Barbas elected Pole Coordinator until 2026

Portugal-Germany Bilateral Cooperation 2023: international researcher mobility projects

Program: Foundation for Science and Technology

The scientific and technological cooperation agreement between Portugal and Germany, established in 1990, provides for the two countries to establish a program to promote cooperation between professors and researchers, including young researchers in higher education establishments and related research institutions in Portugal and Germany.

One of the objectives is to encourage the exchange of researchers by supporting their mobility within the framework of international projects.

The projects will have a maximum duration of 24 months and will be renewable annually under the terms of Articles 13 and 14 of the regulation. The annual FCT funding per project is 2,000 euros.

2ª edição do Concurso de Computação Avançada: Inteligência Artificial em Cloud

Program: Foundation for Science and Technology and Google

This Call for Proposals will provide 1 million US dollars in credits on the Google Cloud platform to research, innovation or development projects and is part of the collaboration agreement between FCT and Google, which aims to support research projects in the field of Artificial Intelligence in Portugal. The support translates into the provision of credits in Artificial Intelligence (AI) services on the Google Cloud platform and makes it possible to complement the existing support provided by FCT through RNCA – Rede Nacional de Computação Avançada (National Network for Advanced Computing).

Program: Foundation for Science and Technology

The Prize aims to distinguish the best article published under the theme “Mental Health: Clinical and Services Research”, which describes the results of research carried out by a researcher at an institution in the national scientific and technological system.

Under the Protocol signed between the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. and the Professor Francisco Pulido Valente Foundation, the João Monjardino Prize 2023 is open to applications.

Multiannual Program for Financing R&D Units 2023/2024

The external evaluation of R&D units aims to develop and enhance the National Science and Technology System (SNCT) in all areas of knowledge and to strengthen and densify it across the country. R&D units are made up of human resources, equipment and technical infrastructures dedicated to R&D, training and scientific and technological dissemination, bringing together critical mass and providing working environments conducive to scientific creativity, promoting talent and developing skills and attractive scientific careers.

The European Parliament has published a very comprehensive and complete guide to European funds and programmes. The funds are listed in a simple way and accompanied by short descriptions highlighting the opportunities they offer.


The Associação Rede Internacional Académica da Lusofonia — RIAL is a private, educational, non-profit association made up of higher education institutions and research centers from Lusophone countries, with the aim of facilitating and fostering cooperation at an international level, governed by these bylaws and the other legal provisions that apply to it. 

MetaRed TIC

The MetaRed Portugal is an association of Portuguese public and private higher education institutions, which is also open to other public administration bodies that carry out relevant activities in the field of ICT and in particular its application in higher education. It aims to be a “meeting point” for debate, reflection and collaborative work on the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in higher education, with full respect for the principle of autonomy of institutions, respecting their individual freedom to make their own decisions, proposing recommendations and promoting the sharing of experiences and good practices.

Divulgação | Webinars'2021

The UI_IPS Webinars’2021 start on January 4th. Every first Monday and Thursday of the month from 5pm to 6pm, the Research Unit has prepared a wonderful agenda for readers.

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National Agency launches new initiative to train youth workers

If the pandemic has taken away the possibility of getting together physically to share and learn, build and redefine futures, technology offers us opportunities to do so with the hope of continuing to turn difficulties into opportunities.
It is in this context that, on the sofa or in any other space, the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Agency is challenging us to uninstall ourselves and look for new approaches to relevant issues in our daily lives.
Thus was born this new concept – SOFA – which in October will have 4 sessions:
Every Wednesday, always at the same time – 17h00 – 19h00 (Lisbon time) – all those registered for each of the sessions will have the opportunity to work on the theme with experienced facilitators and current and interesting topics.

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Serving research communities – extending the Open Call collection deadline

A data de recolha de 2020 para o Convite Aberto da Cooperação Europeia em Ciência e Tecnologia (COST) será prorrogada por duas semanas, com o novo prazo para as propostas de acções COST a passar a ser sexta-feira, 13 de novembro, em vez de sexta-feira, 29 de outubro.

Esta decisão foi tomada em reconhecimento dos muitos desafios enfrentados pelos potenciais candidatos ao longo do ano devido à pandemia de COVID-19. O presente convite aberto marca a última ocasião no âmbito do Horizonte 2020 para as potenciais redes de acções COST se candidatarem a financiamento.

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Notice 03/SI/2020 Suppliers Club Initiative

As part of the Supplier Club initiative, notice 03/SI/2020 is open for the submission of applications for co-promoted R&D projects, aimed at supplier companies and non-business entities in the R&I system that are part of the Supplier Clubs: Volkswagen Autoeuropa and Peugeot Citroen Portugal, with a view to supporting investments aligned with the global strategy of the respective Core Companies.

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MOOC: Entrepreneurship Training Course for Mentors and Pupils

This course will be developed in an Innovative and Enhanced way, using various multimedia content (text, images, audio and/or video) using the best practices of accessibility and usability (e.g. HTML5). By using a MOOC approach we’ll hope it ensures an easier way for students to access and use, but also increases the transferability of the contents. 

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ANI honors BfK once again at the Altice International Innovation Award

The National Innovation Agency (ANI) is once again partnering with the Altice International Innovation Award (AIIA), through the Born From Knowledge (BfK) program. This award, which is returning for its 4th edition, aims to boost the national talent of young entrepreneurs, reinforcing Portugal’s position in the development of innovation.

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The Starting Up – Accelerators of entrepreneurship 4 inclusion

The Starting Up – Accelerators of entrepreneurship 4 inclusion project is aimed at young people with intellectual and developmental difficulties (IDDs) with a degree of incapacity up to 60%, this group hasn’t had opportunities to continue studies or to enter the labour market.

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Innovation Scenarios

Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion Hub signs 4 international cooperation protocols

Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion Hub signs 4 international cooperation protocols

Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion Hub signs 4 international cooperation protocols