The social impact of Infection Prevention and Control on residential structures for the elderly during COVID-19 crisis

CARME Member: Tânia Marques

Project CoordinatorSónia Pereira (ciTechCare – Center for Innovative Care and Health Technology)

Description: This project aims assess the social impact of Infection Prevention and Control measures during the Covid-19 pandemic, in elderly people living in residential structures. 

Partners: Portuguese Social Security

Funding Entities: The Social Observatory of the “la Caixa” Foundation

Total funding: 25.000,00€

Project Duration: 2020 -2021

Update of the Relevance Map of Qualifications in Leiria Region

CARME Member: Ana Sofia Lopes

This project aims to update the relevance of each area of education and training based on the professional qualification needs of the Leiria Region. In turn, this Relevance Map will support the definition of level 4 vocational courses offer for the Region of Leiria for the academic year 2021-22. By matching the offer with the demand of qualifications, we intend to contribute to employability and to the economic development of the region. 

Partners: CIMRL (Intermunicipal Community of Leiria Region)

Strategic Plan for the Municipality of Lourinhã

CARME Members: Inês Lisboa

Description: definition of the 2020-2030 strategic plan. Review of the current strategic plan (2012) considering the main challenges of the next decade.

Partners: Lourinhã City Council, CiTUR

Duration: 5 months (2021)


Principal Contractor: Aveiro University

Members CARME: Eduarda Fernandes (co-PI)

Description: The central aim of ShareFOREST is the development and operationalization of a participatory methodology to support co-decision in planning and management of forests, reinforcing the principles behind territorial governance and, as ultimate mission, preventing and mitigating the impacts of future wildfires. The implementation of the methodology in the Matas do Litoral territory can reinforce the dynamism of local stakeholders in the protection of public forests and can generate an agenda for public discussion about forests and rural fires in Portugal.

Funding Entities: FTC

Total funding: 279 037,62€

Project Duration: 2021 – 2023

Link Me Up – 1000 ideias

Members CARME: Susana Rodrigues (PI), Ana Sargento

Description: Promote entrepreneurship by training young students and / or entrepreneurs with a view to increasing the quality of employment and creating innovative companies.

Funding Entities: COMPETE – 01/SIAC/2020

Total funding: 5,562,774,12€

Project Duration: 2021-2023 



Members CARME: Ana Lúcia Marto Sargento

Description: Design of a personalized mHealth training platform to combat physical inactivity in DPOC

Funding Entities: COMPETE 2020 – POCI

Total funding: 239 198,57 €

Project Duration: 2018-2021 

ProJovemRural: capacitação de jovens em espaço rural

Project Coordinator: COTHN – Centro Operativo e Tecnológico Hortofrutícola Nacional

Members CARME: Alzira Marques, Cristina Sá, Inês Lisboa, Susana Rodrigues, Tânia Marques

Description: The project is characterized as a training program for young agricultural entrepreneurs in specific areas including: workshops, technical visits, field days and training workshops for young entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in the rural sector, in order to assist them in improving managing their businesses or creating new ventures.

Funding Entities: PDR 2020, Portugal 2020, UE

Total funding: 100.000€

Project Duration: 2020 – 2021 


S4Agro | Sustainable Solutions for the Agroindustrial Sector 

CARME Members: Ana Sargento 

Project Coordinator: Pedro Miguel de Figueiredo Dinis Oliveira Gaspar – University of Beira Interior (UBI) 

Partners: University of Évora (UÉvora); Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (IPC; Polytechnic Institute of Guarda (IPG); Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPLeiria); Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (IPVC); Association of Agro-Industrial Cluster of the Center (InovCluster) 

Project duration: April 24, 2020 – April 23, 2022 

Financing Entities: ERDF Total financing: € 149,485.03 

Description: The S4AGRO project aims to qualify SMEs in the agrifood sector, namely in the following product subsectors: Meat, Horticulture, Dairy Products and Bakery / Pastry Products; for the adoption of innovative and sustainable solutions, which allow to increase its productivity, effectiveness and efficiency at the level of industry 4.0 and the circular economy.

Strategic Development Observatory of the Region of Leiria

Description: The Strategic Development Observatory of the Region of Leiria (ODERL) aims to support the Economic and Social Council of the Region of Leiria (GESRL) and is the responsibility of CARME (Center for Applied Research in Management and Economy / Center for Applied Research in Management) and Economics). The Council’s main objective is to prepare action measures that support the Region in the transition phase in the context of a pandemic, seeking to mitigate the negative impacts of the crisis ahead. 

The Observatory intends to support the Council’s decisions, in 3 aspects: – provide updated information on the socio-economic background of the Region of Leiria (through thematic status reports and prospective studies); – monitor performance indicators associated with short and medium term measures; – act as a platform to facilitate interaction between R & D + i entities, companies and local authorities. https://observatorio-leiria.pt/oderl /

Education for Sustainable Development Goals: diagnoses, perspectives and challenges in Brazilian business schools. 

CARME Members: Teresa Eugénio 

External partners: Sónia Maria Gomes – Federal University of Baia (Brazil) – Leader The team brings together 11 researchers and 3 students from several Brazilian institutions such as Federal Universities of Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, Santa Catarina; the Federal Institute of Bahia, the State University of Feira de Santana, the Visconde de Cairu Foundation and the Faculty Anísio Teixeira. And Portuguese: Cávado Polytechnic Institute andAve and Polytechnic Institute of Leira.

 Financing Entities: CNPq – National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), an organ of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC) – Brazil. 

Description: The project aims to study the process of training professionals, in the business area, in the Brazilian scenario from 2016 to 2020, in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through the analysis of its didactic-pedagogical possibilities, the study seeks to contribute to the proposition of a methodological approach to teaching in a transformative educational perspective. We hope to obtain theoretical and empirical evidence that, in addition to providing subsidies for proposing a methodological approach to teaching, may contribute to suggest the formulation of public and pedagogical policies. It also seeks to incorporate, in the training of professionals in the business area, a concept that expands the reflexive and critical action of the professional and citizen reality.

 Keywords: Education. Accounting. Administration. Sustainable development goals. IES Business

YOUNGMOB- Facing addiction to young people’s mobile devices through an innovative technological application

CARME members: Neuza Ribeiro, Susana Rodrigues, Alzira Marques and Luísa Cagica (IPSetúbal)

Project Coordinator: Sonia San-Martin – University of Burgos

External partners: Universitat de Valencia (Spain); Universitat de Burgos (Spain); Gestionet Multimedia, SL (Spain); Colegio Aurelio Gómez Escolar (Spain); Media, Educazione, Comunità (Italy); Center Spirala (Slovenia)

Funding Entities: Erasmus +, Call 2019 Round 1 KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices, KA201 – Strategic Partnerships for school education

Description: YOUNGMOB is intended to provide practical tools for parents and teachers to promote the correct use of smartphones and to prevent or reduce addictive behaviors; and a set of recommendations also for policy makers to prevent addiction to mobile devices.

Anticipation Study of Qualifications Needs in the region of Leiria 

CARME member: Ana Sofia Lopes 

This project aims to support the consultation and planning process for the provision of level 4 vocational courses for the Region of Leiria. To this end, a diagnosis of mid-level qualification needs in this region will be developed, using various statistical sources, as well as surveys, interviews and workshops with stakeholders, with a view to identifying recent trends in demand and supply of qualifications and to anticipate qualification needs from the employers’ point of view. Through the identification of qualification priorities and an offer adjusted to needs, we intend to contribute to the economic development and employability of the region. 

Duration: 8 months (2018-2019) 

Partners: CIMRL (Intermunicipal Community of Leiria Region) Project report available at: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.8/5028

REINOVA – SI (Reindustrialization of the agrifood sector – Sustainability and Innovation) 

CARME Members: Eduarda Fernandes (PI) and Susana Rodrigues

Main Research Unit: CARME – Center for Applied Research in Management and Economics

External partners: IDDNET, ITACyL, Asociación Empresarial Centro Tecnológico Nacional Agroalimentario “Extremadura”, Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Badajoz, OPEN, Vitartis, ADRAL, Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Valladolid, InovCluster, Institut o Politécnico Castelo Branco, CATAA.

Financing Entities: ERDF (POCTEP)

Description: The project aims to encourage the launch of new products by agri-food SMEs, which respond to new market trends (natural products, with sustainable processes). Its specific objectives are: to design a new consultancy model tailored to the sector’s SMEs, facilitating and streamlining the adaptation of processes based on circular economy (CE) practices. In addition, it aims to create a model of international cooperation that effectively implements the principle of circularity. As a result of the good practices developed, a greater incentive to eco-innovation is expected.

Care4Value | Increase value creation in long-term care units integrated in private pension institutions 

Responsible researcher: Ana Sargento 

CARE4VALUE aims to develop and implement a management control information system model that maximizes value creation (defined as health outcomes per unit cost) in long-term care providers. The model will be developed and tested based on an intervention to be carried out in a long-term care unit, under a pilot project. The following innovative results are expected – Integrated model of data collection, processing, analysis, comparison and reporting, revealing the relationship between costs and health outcomes – Innovative tools, incorporated into practice and patient-centered for data collection (including a mobile app to collect data from caregivers) These results will support decision making by managers and professionals, aiming at the quality, efficiency and sustainability of the organization. From August 2017 to September 2019 (Project co-financed by FCT and COMPETE2020; Ref.: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-23248). 

Partners: Santa Casa da Misericórdia da Batalha, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Nursing School of Coimbra 

More information and publications: Disclosure article:· Article originally published at: www.scitecheuropa.eu/long-term-healthcare/86870/Reproduced with the kind permission of Pan European Networks Ltd, www.scitecheuropa.eu/ © Pan European Networks 2018


CARME Member: Eduarda Fernandes.

The project aims to define and identify the different models of organization of agriculture and forestry in terms of commercialization, focusing essentially on the European and national reality. The diagnosis of the Portuguese forestry sector is carried out taking into account the organization of production and the joint management carried out by the different organizations selected for study. The elaboration of a joint management manual is one of the outputs of the project, which will be based on the diagnosis made with the selected organizations. In addition, this manual also addresses the issues of marketing forest products and the benefits of marketing organizations.

Partners: FENAFLORESTA; Forest Association of the Municipality of Ansião; ANEFA; Forest Forum.

January 2019 – June 2020 (funded by PDR2020).

Coastal Forest Recovery Program 

Members: Eduarda Fernandes 

This project involves a joint collaboration between several partners, with the aim of: assessing the effects of forest fires, promoting emergency stabilization, rehabilitation of burnt forests, long-term recovery and public participation and awareness. 

Partners: Higher Institute of Agronomy (University of Lisbon), Polytechnic of Coimbra, Polytechnic of Bragança, University of Coimbra, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, University of Aveiro and National Institute of Agricultural and Veterinary Research. Jan2018 to Jul2018


The regulatory, normative and cognitive-cultural change as a promoter of the international enterprise of the Spanish company. Institutional adaptation and innovation proposals 

Responsible Researcher (PI) and project leader: Antonia Mercedes García Cabrera – Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria CARME member: Nuno Reis Financing Entities: Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad (Government of SPAIN) 

Description: The institutional environment is decisive for the international performance of companies, as it establishes the competitive environment in which companies operate. The changes in the three great dimensions of the institutional environment (regulatory, normative and cultural-cognitive dimensions – cf Scott, 1995) offer opportunities for companies (specifically for Spanish women) in their international operations because they face a different environment than the domestic one. Thus, this project aims to understand the role of institutional changes in the international operations of Spanish companies and to present innovative proposals to adapt to the changing institutional environment.

Ansião Strategic Plan for 2014-2020 

Members: Ana Lopes, Ana Sargento and Eduarda Fernandes

The objective of this project was to develop the Ansião Strategic Plan for the 2014-2020 period, using participatory decision-making techniques. The plan was prepared with the participation, at all stages, of a group of stakeholders from Ansião, composed of 27 members from different areas of economic activity, and facilitated by the research team. (resulting publication available at http://hdl.handle.net/10400.8/2767)

Partners: Ansião City Council

Sep2014 – Dec2015

Local Action Plan for Urban Regeneration in the Municipality of Batalha 

Members: Ana Lopes, Ana Sargento and Eduarda Fernandes 

This project aimed to promote a sustainable urban environment and to regenerate the intervention areas of the historic center and riverside area of ​​Vila da Batalha. The research team, in cooperation with the Municipality of Batalha, collaborated in the planning of integrated and coherent objectives and actions, achieved through public and private projects that were submitted to the financing program of the European Regional Development Fund. The application was approved by the evaluating agency, resulting in the attribution of 2.7 million euros from the ERDF to this municipality, which will partially support the development of the approved public and private projects. (resulting publication available at http://hdl.handle.net/10400.8/2755) 

Partners: Municipality of Batalha

 january 2016 – june 2016

Strategic Plan “Leiria, Region of Excellence” 

Members: Ana Lopes, Ana Sargento and Eduarda Fernandes 

The project consisted of the elaboration of a local development strategy for the Region of Leiria, in close collaboration with the main regional partners. 

Partners: promoted by NERLEI – Associação Empresarial de Leiria, in partnership with IPLeiria, CIMPL – Intermunicipal Community of Pinhal Litoral and ADLEI – Association for the Development of Leiria. Funded by the Mais Centro Operational Program resulting publication available at (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320471867_Plano_Estrategico_-_Leiria_Regiao_de_Excelencia )


Local Development Strategy for Lands of Sicó, Local Action Group 

Members: Ana Lopes, Ana Sargento, Eduarda Fernandes and Jacinta Moreira. Researcher: Eduardo Lavrador

 The project consisted of the elaboration of a local development strategy for the territory of Sicó (composed of six municipalities belonging to the regions Leiria and Coimbra NUT III), as well as the definition of the respective action and investment programs and the governance model. Community-based Local Development (CLLD) is one of the instruments for financing territorial development provided for in the European Financing Framework 2014-2020, with the aim of promoting, in specific territories, local development and diversification of the economies of rural areas and coastal areas as well as social innovation. The local development strategy served as the basis for the Terras de Sicó application for the CLLD instrument, within the scope of the ERDF, having received approval and resulting in the allocation of 4.5 million euros, (resulting publication available at https://iconline.ipleiria.pt/handle/10400.8/1463). 

Partners: Terras de Sicó – Development Association jun2014 – sep2015

Demospin – Economically Sustainable DEMOgraphy – Revertendo o declínio em regiões periférias

CARME Membros : Ana Sargento

Project led by the University of Aveiro (http://www.ua.pt/getin/InvestigCientifica_DEMOSPIN)


The objetive of the DEMOSPIN era research project was to develop a tool to support the definition of policies related to the development of demographically depressed regions. The methodology combined techniques of demographic projections with models of growth and regional development. The results obtained allow to develop and evaluate different levels of population evolution in the interior regions of Portugal until 2030, and to study options to reverse or demographic decline in these areas.

Partners: University of Aveiro, University of Coimbra, University of Beira Interior, Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco.


Project co-financed by FEDER (COMPETE) and FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology (Ref. PTDC / CS-DEM / 100530/2008).



EMSURE – Energy and Mobility for Sustainable Regions 

CARME Members: Ana Sargento Project led by the University of Coimbra (https://www.uc.pt/en/efs/research/emsure)

 The challenge of the project is to develop models, methods and technologies that help decision-makers and companies to make the Central Portuguese Region truly sustainable in the field of energy and mobility. 

Partners: University of Coimbra, ADAI, MARE, INESC. 

Project co-financed by QREN (“Mais Centro” Program) and European Union (European Regional Development Fund). Ref.: CENTRO-07-0224-FEDER-002004. 2013-2016.