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The main institutions that coordinate the policies related to education, training, innovation and human resources development are the Ministries of Science, Innovation and Higher Education; of Education and of Labour and Social Solidarity (all located in Lisbon). The Ministry of Economy and Innovation is responsible for the Technological Plan.

Within the scope of those ministries there are several institutions that implement VET/HRD research:

  • Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional  - IEFP), carries out diverse projects related to employment and vocational training -

  • Institute for Quality in Training (Instituto para a Qualidade na Formação - IQF) promotes, through research, the innovation in the domains of training, human resources organisation and management -

  • Bureau for Information and Evaluation of the Education System (Gabinete de Informação e Avaliação do Sistema Educativo - GIASE), carries out strategic planning and prospective studies -
The universities and their research centres also develop research in the field of VET/HRD, namely the Faculties of Sciences and Technology; Sciences of Education; Social and Human Sciences:
  • Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa/ Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon; Centro de Investigação em Educação/ Research Centre of Education -

  • Universidade do Minho/ University of Minho; Instituto de Investigação e Psicologia/ Research and Psychology Institut; Centro de Investigação em Educação/ Research Centre of Education -

  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa/ New University of Lisbon; Faculdade de Ciências, Tecnologia/ Faculty of Science and Technology; Unidade de Investigação Educação e Desenvolvimento/ Research Unit for Education and Development -

  • Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade de Lisboa/ Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education of the University of Lisbon; Unidade de Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Ciências da Educação/ Research and Development Unit on Sciences of Education -

  • Universidade do Porto/University of Porto; Centro de Investigação de Políticas do Ensino Superior/Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies -

  • Universidade de Aveiro/ University of Aveiro; Instituto de Investigação/Research Institute; Centro de Investigação em Didática e Tecnologia na Formação de Formadores/ Research Centre Didactics and Technology in Teacher Education -
A list of universities is available on: and a list of R&D units of sciences of education on: (only in Portuguese).

Other organisations, such as private research centres, periodically develop research in the area of VET/HRD:

  • CIDEC (Centro Interdisciplinar de Estudos Económicos) - to promote research on the field of Social Sciences.

  • CESO Research and Development - to promote research in the field of VET/HRD.

  • APSIOT (Associação Portuguesa de Profissionais em Sociologia Industrial, das Organizações e do Trabalho) - to promote the research and debate on the social reality in this field of Sociology.

  • ACADEMUS - accomplishment of studies in the areas of Social and Human Sciences, namely employment, vocational training, Local/Regional Development and of other local and regional social matters.
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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Portugal (details see Bibliography)
Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO