What is the nanoGateway mobility program?

The nanoGateway Mobility Program will select 10 Researchers and/or Students to develop their project idea from 1 up to 8 weeks at INL facilities, under the supervision of INL Staff Researcher.

Who is it for?

Visiting scientists, students, engineers, developers, entrepreneurs or nanotechnology enthusiasts from the POCTEP provinces of the Spain-Portugal transboundary regions (Algarve, Alentejo, Center, North – Andalucia, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Galicia).

What can you expect?

Mentoring support from INL teams for the development of the work proposed or Project Idea in the area chosen by the participant from 1 up to 8 weeks.
Visiting, knowing and understanding INL state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructures.
Participation in ongoing research activities and projects, new proposals and exploratory activities.
Participation on Conferences and Workshops hosted by INL in the period of their mobility program.
Accommodation for the period of the Mobility Program (travel and food expenses are not included).

Admission criteria


Participants must be from the POCTEP Region of the nanoGateway Project (Algarve, Alentejo, Center, and North of Portugal; Andalucia, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Galicia – Spain).


The participant must present a nanotechnology-related project idea to be developed within the chosen Research Department or an action plan to undertake activities in the INL Corporate Services and Research and Innovation support units, namely in the Department of Business and Strategic Relations and the Department of Corporate, Communication and Marketing.


The participant should have outstanding academic background.

How to get involved in the mobility program?

The candidates will be selected based on their:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Project Idea/ Action Plan

Step 1

Download and complete the “project idea” template.

Step 2

Fill the registration form here.


Only 10 places available!

Open calls

Candidates will receive a notification in less than 4 weeks after the deadlines:

1st of September 2018

1st of April 2019

1st May 2019

1st June 2019

1st of August 2019

15th of September 2019

About INL

INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory is the first and only Intergovernmental Organisation in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, providing a basis for scientific and technological cooperation by carrying out both fundamental and applied research.

Application submission

The participant must be able to conduct research or implement an action plan in one of the following departments of INL:


Nanoelectronics Engineering

Includes four areas of activity at INL, Systems Engineering, Spintronics, Nanodevices and Precision Medicines Engineering, addressing major challenges in industrial sensing, RF communications, Biosensors and Biomedical devices, Agri-food and Environmental monitoring applications.


Quantum and Energy Materials

Works towards the understanding of both materials and energy exchange processes at the nanoscale where the laws of nature are governed by quantum mechanics. Activities follow two main research lines: i) Materials for energy conversion and storage; ii) Quantum materials, e.g. experimental and theoretical research and development of 2D materials and devices (e.g. biosensors and photodetectors), research in atomic scale electronics, and functional point defects in 2D materials for quantum technologies, etc.



Aims to carry out top fundamental and applied research in areas such as Biophotonics, Photonic nanomagnetometry, Plasmonics & Materials, Bloch surface wave engineering and the design and application of Photonic crystals.


Life Sciences

Activities focused on the fields of Food, Health, and Environment, particularly in:
1) Nanoencapsulation technologies for smart and controlled drug/genes delivery and for enhancing bioavailability and functional properties of bioactives;
2) Biosensors, microfluidic-based devices and integrated lab-on-a-chip solutions for food and water quality and safety as well as diagnostic and prognostic purposes;
3) Advanced functionalities and applications of bespoke nanostructured materials in combination with novel biomarkers and studies on biointerfaces.

NanoGatewayIco Investigador

Advanced Electron, Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy

Performs true atomic/nano resolution electron imaging combined with atomic/nano resolution chemical analysis, in order to achieve a fundamental understanding of    the chemical/physical phenomena at the atomic/nano level in real materials systems.


Micro and Nanofabrication

Explores both bottom-up and top-down approaches to the micro and nanofabrication aspects of materials, surfaces and devices. Main research activities include MEMS/NEMS, sensors, microfluidics, energy storage, conversion and adaptive optical devices, lithography, rapid prototyping and cleanroom processes integration, bottom-up catalysis, synthesis of materials, optoelectronic materials and devices and thin film solar cells.


Corporate Communication and Marketing

The Corporate Communication & Marketing Unit exists to support INL broader organizational goals and has in consideration research and business development objectives.

The challenges that derive from both areas bring numerous opportunities to communicate what INL is and does for the overall benefit of Global Society. Ultimately, the main CCM Unit goal is to support INL capability to operate and grow, in close and genuine connection with the ones we serve, seeking support to our activities. In addition, it acts to protect INL reputation by building trust and projecting authority in the fields of nanotechnology and nanoscience, and in a broader sense establish INL as a widely respected house of science


Business and Strategic Relations

The Department of Business and Strategic Relations (BSR) handles a set of activities that includes Management of Funded Projects, Management of Open Access, External Relations, Philanthropy Funding Schemes, and Business Development by facilitating the development and uptake of new ideas and transfer them into commercial value that will increase industry´s productivity, competitiveness and foster economic growth, based on a practical, collaborative and open innovation model.


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