Applications, Scholarships & Admission

Applications to the 2021 edition are now open until December 6th, 2020.

Early Bird Applications until September 30th, 2020 have a 10% discount on tuition. Discount is not cumulative with any of the available Attendance Scholarships.

How to Apply?

Send a maximum 2-page CV (PDF.Doc) and a maximum 1-A4 page Motivation Letter (PDF.Doc) to, with "StartUp Research Application_your name" as the E-mail Subject. If you are applying to one of the available attendance scholarships, specify in your motivation letter which type - see Available Attendance Scholarships below for more information.

Selection Criteria

  • 40% CV: Candidates with a minimum (Pre-Bologna) University degree or a (Post-Bologna) MSc will be preferred. At least 1 year of laboratory work, developing a project independently, is a strong asset.
  • 60% Motivation Letter: Written expression of interest in attending the course and justifying how present or future R&D interest can have translation potential and social impact. Although presenting a specific translation idea to be developed in the course of the Post-Graduation is not mandatory; it will be positively considered during the application evaluation - specially if you are applying to one of the available attendance scholarships. 
  • Written and spoken English proficiency is an absolute requirement.
  • If necessary, a personal interview might be scheduled for untying closely-ranked candidates.

We are accepting a maximum number of 24 participants to work in teams, developing about 8 translation ideas proposed by successful candidates.These ideas will be selected based on their supporting evidence, technology readiness level (TRL) and perceived impact.

Registration Fee & Tuition

    Registration fee:

  • €26

    Tuition (upfront payment):

  • €1500 for students enrolled in MSc and/or PhD programs hosted by ITQB NOVA, NOVA SBE, or any other NOVA school.
  • €1800 for researchers & staff from ITQB NOVA, NOVA SBE, ALL other NOVA schools, and affiliated institutions (iBET, IGC, INIAV, and Champalimaud Foundation).
  • €2200 for students & staff from other academic institutions (20% discount if more than 1 participant from the same institution)
  • €2800 for applicants from non-academic institutions involved in active research (20% discount if there is more than 1 participant from the same institution).

All levels of tuition may be payable in three tranches, each at the beginning of each Module, with a 20% increase over the upfront payment modality.

Available Attendance Scholarships

ITQB NOVA SCHOLARSHIPS: Available for ITQB NOVA students, enrolled in ITQB NOVA-coordinated MSc and/or PhD programs only;


CÂMARA MUNICIPAL DE OEIRAS (CMO) SCHOLARSHIPS: In the scope of the Oeiras Valley initiative and strategic objectives, the CMO has associated with the StartUp Research by offering €1500 scholarships available for anyone wanting to participate in the program. Although not-exclusive, CMO scholarships will be awarded preferentially to candidates coming from SI&DT institution located within the Oeiras Valley;


PHARMIS SCHOLARSHIP: Pharmis Biofarmacêutica, S.A., a leader in biopharma Innovation, is a StartUp Research Associate Partner, attributing a full attendance scholarship (up to €3500) to the best proposed idea fitting Pharmis’ major innovation areas, namely Haematology, Urology, Nephrology, Infectious diseases, and Clinical care.