UAlg Researcher Award

It aims at distinguishing and publicly recognizing the University of Algarve's Researcher that for the work developed in the area of scientific research has stood out nationally and internationally.


  • To hold a legal-employment contract with UAlg, as a teacher or researcher, for at least 3 (three) uninterrupted years, as of December 31st of the year prior to the edition of the competition
  • Not to have received the UAlg Researcher Award in the 5 (five) years prior to the submission of the application

Prize Operation

  • Applications will be accepted from individuals and must be submitted using a fully completed online form.
  • The form must contain five articles and/or other relevant works of the applicant's authorship, or research results that highlight the work developed at UAlg, in the 3 (three) years prior to the edition of the competition.
  • The jury reserves the right to request further clarification to check the eligibility of the information provided, as well as to clarify aspects necessary for a correct evaluation of the application
  • Each candidate may submit only one application
  • Only applications that fully comply with the conditions and requirements set out in the Regulation will be admitted


The prize consists of a diploma and an award of 5,000 (five thousand) Euros.


It will run, exceptionally, from 1 to 31 July 2023.

The applications are made exclusively through an online form that will be available during the application period.

Contest Jury (2023 edition)

Doctor Alfonso Vargas Sánchez, Full Professor, Faculty of Business Science and Tourism, Universidad de Huelva

Doctor Luis Oosterbeek, Principal Coordinating Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Tomar 

Doctor Rui Guerra, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Algarve, and Coordinator of the Centre for Electronics, Optoelectronics and Telecommunications (CEOT) 

Doctor Sara Raposo, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Algarve, and Coordinator of the Marine and Environmental Research Centre (CIMA)

Doctor Ricardo Neves, Assistant Researcher at the Centre for Neurosciences and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra

Prize Awarding

The prize will be presented in December, of each calendar year, at the public University Day ceremony.

Award winners

Ana Grenha

Ana Grenha is the leader of the Drug Delivery Laboratory at CCMAR-UAlg, which is dedicated to the development of drug delivery systems (transporters), with a particular focus on the inhalation (pulmonary) route, and is also interested in exploring the potential of materials of natural origin, namely polysaccharides, in search of new therapeutic applications. The group works in an area with a high impact on society, having proposed therapeutic applications in the area of respiratory infections, such as tuberculosis, and recently started a line related to pulmonary vaccination.

For Ana Grenha "it is a great honour for the group to receive this award, which she considers to be recognition for the work it has been doing at UAlg and CCMAR, always with an eye on innovation and improving therapeutic solutions, which is, after all, the main motto of the pharmaceutical area."


Jorge Assis - Prémio Investigador 2023

Jorge Assis is a marine ecologist, data scientist, and climate change analyst, leader of the new Biodiversity Data Science research group (; CCMAR, University of Algarve). He has a strong background in statistical modelling and an interest in patterns and drivers of biodiversity, biogeography and evolution, with global applications in climate change impact assessments (e.g., IPCC). During the last years, Jorge Assis focused his work on two major questions: how climate-driven distributional shifts and oceanographic connectivity structure global marine biodiversity, from genes to ecosystems, and what are the main consequences of climate change and local selective pressures to marine biodiversity.

For Jorge Assis, "this award is recognition of my work and commitment, but also a way of thanking my family and the institution itself, which have supported and moulded my academic career, from graduation to the present day."



Regulamento Prémio Investigador UAlg