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 our available attendance scholarships, supporting your application with your idea/new technology/new know how, in the Motivation Letter, is a plus. Specify, in your motivation letter, which scholarship you are applying to (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 laboratorial 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 translational idea to be developed in the course of the Post-Graduation is not mandatory; it will be positively considered during application evaluation. 
  • 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 approximately maximum number of 8 projects/ideas and approximately maximum number of 24 participants to work in teams together on those projects. These ideas will be selected based on their supporting evidence and technology readiness level (TRL).

Registration Fee & Tuition

    Registration fee:

  • €26

    Tuition (upfront payment):

  • €1500 for  MSc and/or PhD students enrolled in programs hosted by ITQB NOVA, NOVA SBE, and ALL other NOVA schools.
  • €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 non-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.