FLAD and Ciência viva have teamed up to launch a science award for high school students, which will reward the winning team with a trip to the United States. The Atlantic Junior Award aims to promote the taste for science and technology, and the interest in the Atlantic among the youngest.

Applications for the Atlantic Junior Award are now open. FLAD and Ciência Viva – National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture today launched this award to promote scientific and technological culture through the valorization of the Atlantic as a natural system and its role in the sustainability of the planet and in society. The Junior Atlantic Award follows the FLAD Science Award Atlantic and aims to promote in the younger people the taste for technology, from a perspective of teamwork and learning by doing, giving visibility to its role in understanding the Atlantic and its importance for the sustainability of the planet and for the communities around it.

The competition will reward practical applications that facilitate the monitoring of the Atlantic and its ecosystems or that promote the sustainable use of its resources, consisting of the realization of a prototype, instrumented model, or biotechnological product.


The 3 best projects will be awarded the following prizes:

  • 1st place: trip of the winning team to the USA, plus a cash prize of 2000 euros;
  • 2nd place: cash value of 2000 euros;
  • 3rd place: cash value of 1500 euros;

The monetary values involved in the prizes are attributed to schools in the form of equipment and materials necessary for the development of new projects in the technological area in the following school years, namely in the competition for the Atlantic Junior Award.

Themes for the 2021/2022 edition:

  • Marine renewable energies (Example: devices to harness wave and tidal energies)
  • Marine robots with sensors to measure variables such as salinity, temperature or pH)
  • Innovative vessels (Example: remote-controlled solar vehicles)
  • Technologies and processes that contribute to eliminating or mitigating marine pollution
  • Biotechnology (Examples: drugs, new food products)


The competition is aimed at all secondary schools and vocational education, public or private, in mainland Portugal and – the Autonomous Regions of Madeira and the Azores.

Each team will have a maximum of five students, must present gender diversity, and will be supported by a teacher/tutor. Each teacher can only be responsible for one team.

Teams should seek partnerships with universities, polytechnic institutes and/or companies for technical and scientific support.


It is necessary to deliver the following elements for the selection of the finalist teams:

  • Presentation video (maximum 3 minutes) with the presentation of objectives, team members and task distribution.
  • Presentation technical document (max. 2 pages A4) with:
  1. The scientific objective of the project;
  2. The description of the prototype, model or product;
  3. Partnerships with universities, polytechnic institutes and/or companies for technical and scientific support;
  4. The budget envisaged may not exceed EUR 1000. In the case of support from an entity, by, for example, machining or offering a component, its market value should be included in the budget

The application will be made online until December 30, 2021 at www.cienciaviva.pt/concurso/flad-premio-atlantico


The evaluation will be made by a jury of researchers and secondary school teachers with experience in the relevant areas.

  • João Tasso de Figueiredo Borges Sousa, LSTS, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto
  • Maria Manuel Gil, CETEMAR and MARE Pole of the Peniche Polytechnic Institute
  • César Marques, Ciência Viva
  • Elsa Henriques, FLAD Administrator

The 15 teams with the best score in the documentary phase of the application will be invited to participate in the final of the Junior Atlantic Competition, and each team will receive a computer offered by the Embassy of the United States of America in Portugal. Computers will be assigned to schools to carry out projects, namely and if any, to The Ciência Viva Clubs in the School. The result of this selection will be communicated to the teams by January 15, 2021.

Evaluation criteria

In the documentary phase, the teams will be evaluated by the jury, taking into account the scientific value, technical execution, educational value, teamwork and dissemination to the community, with the following considerations:

  • Scientific value and creativity 25%
  • Technical execution 25%
  • Educational value 15%
  • Teamwork 15%
  • Creativity 10%
  • Dissemination to the community 10%

Support for teachers / tutors

To teams that move on to the final stage, Ciência Viva will organize a short-term action (6 hours) addressed to teachers on the main topics presented to the competition, to be held in the beginning of 2022.

This training is mandatory for teachers/tutors of teams who want to participate in the final phase of the Atlantic Junior competition so that they can support students to carry out projects of greater complexity and quality.

Contest Final

The final stage of the Contest will take place at a public event in May, on a date and place to be announced. In this event will be selected the winning teams (first, second and third place).

We advise you to read the notice of this contest (Notice – Atlantic Junior Award), where you can find all the details about the prize.

Follow us through this website and our social media to stay briefed about the selection process.

Good luck and see you soon!