The Operational Program of the Algarve – CRESC Algarve 2020 gave a green light to the financing of six more scientific research and technological development projects, submitted by several centers at the University of Algarve.
“The projects now approved focus on the development of research activities that respond to the challenges launched in the working groups created within the scope of the Regional Innovation Council of the Algarve (CIRA), in line with the domains of the Regional Strategy for Research and Innovation for Intelligent Specialization (RIS3 Algarve), corresponding to a total eligible investment of 3.38 million euros and 2.54 million euros of incentives, from the ERDF – European Regional Development Fund ”, the Commission said in a statement. of Regional Coordination and Development (CCDR) of the Algarve.
In the field of promoting knowledge in health, active aging and healthy lifestyles, the A3-COR project is highlighted, which aims to conduct a clinical trial based on a stratified exercise model to prevent two of the most common comorbidities for the population over 60 years old, acute myocardial infarction and osteoarthritis, with a significant reduction in dependence on pharmacological treatments, hospital readmissions and total mortality.
The ALFA Score project also intends to create an aging index that assesses the state of health and the propensity for risks of developing chronic diseases, comorbidities, anticipating, preventively, actions leading to an active and healthy lifestyle, favoring both projects, the quality of life of the senior population and enhance the economy of longevity. Both were presented by ABC – Algarve Biomedical Center, a partnership between CHUA and the University of Algarve (UALG), and involve a total investment of 1.8 million euros, receiving 1.27 million euros in incentives.
Still in this area, the NutriSafe project focuses on the development of a new dietary supplement, based on an invasive alga, with proven benefits for the common comorbidities associated with aging and chronic inflammatory diseases, now more vulnerable to COVID-19. This supplement has anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and vascular and pulmonary protection characteristics. The application foresees a total investment of 293 thousand euros and will benefit from 218 thousand euros of incentives.
Regarding the promotion of knowledge of energy efficiency, particularly in Smart Grids, the HEM2IEA project stands out, which aims to reinforce decarbonisation processes and the continuous diffusion of clean energy sources, as well as for generation, consumption prediction, monitoring and management of networks in local energy communities. With a total investment of 239 thousand euros, it benefits from 172 thousand euros of incentives.
Finally, with a view to promoting knowledge and innovation in tourism, the objectives of the MONITUR project – total investment of 573 thousand euros and incentives of 421 thousand euros – are highlighted, which aims to build a model for assessing and monitoring regional tourism development, of its dynamics, in line with more sustainable and competitive practices, being able to assert itself as a support tool for the definition of goals and load thresholds associated with the sustainable management of the destination, informing qualitative reference standards, now adapting in the face of the pandemic crisis .
The HoST Lab project aims to reinforce the structuring of a differentiated qualifying offer of products and services, based on food and wine experiences, based on heritage assets, both tangible and intangible, that promote the sector's identity and sustainability in the region. 635 thousand euros will be invested, with a European contribution of 449 thousand euros.
“In common, all projects show a strong alignment with RIS3 Algarve, also contributing to the promotion of the concept of related variety, given the strong interconnection between different areas of specialization, namely between tourism and energy and health, and for the diversification of the region's economic base ”, points out CCDR / Algarve.