About the project


Transform the cross-border cooperation area of Portugal and Spain (Interreg V-A Spain Portugal) into an international strategic actor in nanotechnology .


Mobilize the capacities and skills of the innovation ecosystem in nanoscience and nanotechnology through:

Aligning interests and coordinating efforts of all the stakeholders within the cooperation area.

Promoting excellence in nanoscience and developing nanotech-based solutions.

Fostering the insertion of nanotechnologyinside the entrepreneurial network, catalysing wealth and smart growth.

How does the nanoGateway project work?

Technological innovation and research often develop in isolation from societal needs. On the other hand, modern society faces many challenges that nanotechnology can address, from food security to major diseases like cancer.

In addition, Nanotechnology is generally recognized as the most promising Key Enabling Technology in different fields (such as Health, Food, Environment, Energy, Industry, among others), having the potential to perform as a key innovation driver for the world’s future economy.

The nanoGateway project starts from this premise and strives to act as a practical hub in the development of the emerging specialization profile of each region, by aligning the efforts and interests of all actors involved.

Bringing diverse parties to the table is the key to efficiently combine efforts, insights and ideas from both research and business worlds.

Therefore the creation of a new collaborativeand integrated approach among value chain actors is the core of nanoGateway, in order to address industry and social challenges.

For this end, the project aims to bring together the public sector, academia, business (SMEs and larger companies) and research centers to:


Increase networking and produce synergies for innovation


Help businesses and academia in the region access European funds


Increase the involved region’s global profile by promoting scientific excellence and application of nanotechnology


Increase entrepreneurial innovation encouraging the use of the most recent nanotechnology research in a systematic and sustained way


Contribute to the training and specialization of human capital in the cooperation area

Expected Results

Turn the cross-border regions of Portugal and Spain into strategic players at an international level in the field of nanotechnology..

Formulation of a multiregional smart specialization strategy in nanotechnology focused on the key sectors of the cooperation area that contributes to the territory’s competitiveness.
Growth of business innovation based on nanotechnology in a sustainable and systematic way.
Promotion of cross-border research.
Foster interaction between cross-border stakeholders (from RTD centres, universities and companies) through the networks promoted by the nanoGateway platform.
Increasing of the scientific production of the cross-border regions’ universities, RTD centres and companies.
Qualification and specialization of the region’s human capital in a field with great potential to develop POCTEP territory.
Support the development of joint projects with capability to create and increase the regions’ endogenous wealth.