Candidates who were selected in the 1st phase can now complete their application for the largest research award focused on the Atlantic in Portugal, extended to Social Sciences and Humanities. See below how to apply for the 2nd phase.

What’s our goal?

In the context of the strong commitment to Science and Technology that characterizes FLAD, it is important that this research can develop practical results, such as the creation of strategies, engineering, and technologies, that facilitate our understanding and sustainable exploitation of Atlantic ecosystems.

FLAD wants to support and distinguish young academics, thus promoting the new and promising generation of researchers we have in Portugal, in close collaboration with leading research centers in the US.

Key research areas for the 2023 edition

The award is open to the areas of study of engineering/technology and environment/natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

  • Science and technology to promote a healthy and clean ocean, addressing the Atlantic as a natural ecosystem asset;
  • Future impact of climate change on human populations in Atlantic coastal regions and design of mitigation or adaptation actions, including citizen participation;
  • Assess the value of the Atlantic in natural assets and ecosystems, in particular in its contribution to the Blue Economy, using advanced economic analyses and big data;
  • Environmental and energy transition strategies for islands and isolated areas;
  • Sustainable mobility and logistics, in the context of growing digital transformation;
  • New approaches in the planning, observation and management of the Atlantic area, including the preservation of critical ecosystems, making use of observation methods involving low-cost satellite systems, advanced sensor systems, artificial intelligence or data science;
  • Production of new technologies such as underwater robotics, unmanned shipping, acoustic communications, sensors and data analysis.


The evaluation is made by a jury of excellence composed of four elements:

Candidates selected for the 2nd phase of the FLAD Science Award Atlantic will have between September 13 and October 13, 2023 to complete their application. If any more evaluation element is needed, there is the possibility of conducting a final interview.

Documents to include:

We advise you to read the notice of this contest (Flad Science Award Atlantic), where you can find all the details about the award.

Submit your application via the online form at the following link:

The winning candidate will be selected by November 15, 2023.

Additional information or questions

If you have questions about the award or the application process, please email