The center operates on two types of projects: horizontal, cross-cutting projects that promote the generation and transfer of knowledge and skills development (human capital) and vertical projects aimed at creating value, which have a target innovation, technology development, etc.

Horizontal Projects

Horizontal Projects (cross-cutting) favor the generation and transfer of knowledge and skills development (human capital). Horizontal Projects may also include the installation of shared platforms, living labs and other initiatives that will support for vertical projects. The horizontal projects are open to all permanent members of the center. In general, these projects are funded by the annual budget of the center baseline and income they generate. For example, the organization of an open event can generate income and, more structural way, a research platform can be opened to third parties and also generate income.

Vertical Projects

Vertical Projects they are aimed at creating value, which have a goal of innovation, technology development, etc. They will also be created to advise public authorities and private organizations. Each vertical project was created by a group of partners (founders and / or partners). In general, these projects are funded by partners that originate, which may collectively decide to apply for funding to an agency to carry out the project (may be that the creation of such a project depends on the success of the proposed funding). Vertical projects can help finance horizontal projects which benefit.

The vertical projects enable collaboration with third parties, which may be (see details in the Organization Section):
  • An organization that becomes associated partner for the project and therefore participate in the center for the duration of the project.
  • An external organization (not associated) to outsource a mission to the center.

These external organizations that are clients of the center may participate in certain activities of certain horizontal projects, if it is specified when defining the vertical project.

Each vertical project define all matters relating to intellectual property. All projects must be accepted by the Executive Committee but not protected information needs to be disseminated to the committee, which will focus solely on protecting the rights of the center and to ensure that the center meets its obligations. The center will provide information and procedures to facilitate agreements Industrial Property for vertical projects are held; it is only tools and recommendations that do not require the partners.

Any partner who participates in a horizontal project must comply with the center's rules on intellectual property.

A specific legal document will define the framework for the management of intellectual property, as mentioned before, will be flexible enough for partners to decide the rules of management of industrial property case by case basis (when establishing vertical projects).

As described in Activities Section, the center will organize a seminar (weekly, in general), reading groups, brainstorming sessions, a program for guest researchers / experts, etc. All these activities will be organized as projects to ensure effectiveness.

The Executive Committee selects the projects to be executed and decide which resources to be allocated and the financial contributions of each partner involved in the project or customer.

Projects may be fully or partially funded by national and international agencies and organizations that support research, innovation and infrastructure for science and technology and the promotion of social development and business competitiveness.