Financial Incentives

InvestPorto works with a range of financial and fiscal instruments which help to increase the attractiveness of Porto in the national and international context.
European Funds
InvestPorto works with national and regional entities that provide financial support through grants, loans and guarantees linked to "Portugal 2020" programs, which are co-financed by EU funds.
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Portugal 2020 places a strong emphasis in developing a knowledge and innovation-based economy to achieve smart growth. It considers businesses, particularly SMEs, as preferred recipients of funding.

Funding requests are subject to approval in accordance the rules of each financing instrument. Expenditures eligible for funding typically include:
  • Acquisition of machinery and equipment (including software);
  • Acquisition of patent rights, licenses, know-how and technical knowledge;
  • Studies, diagnostics, auditing, marketing plans and architectural and engineering projects;
  • Training of human resources;
  • Building construction, refurbishment works and other construction works.
Visit Portugal 2020’s website (in Portuguese only) for more information about open calls for funding of projects located within Porto and Northern Portugal.

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IFRRU 2020
IFRRU 2020 is a financial instrument backed by the Portuguese Government and co-financed by EU funds, that provides loans and guarantees for urban rehabilitation and revitalization projects.
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Eligibility criteria for funding require rehabilitation works to be performed on a property built at least 30 years ago or, in the case of more recent constructions, on a property that reveals an overall poor state of preservation.

Applications for funding are open to companies and any organization (such as condominium owner associations) or private individual entitled to carry out the property rehabilitation works.

Check the video or visit IFRRU 2020's website to learn more details.

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InvestPorto Services
InvestPorto can help every company finding the most appropriate incentives for a specific project, regardless of its nature.

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  • Projects covering industrial research or experimental development activities, leading to the creation or improvement of products, processes or systems, or projects aimed at creating or strengthening businesses’ internal R&D skills and capacity;
  • Projects aimed at demonstrating the economic and technical advantages of new technological solutions that are still not sufficiently validated from the technological point of view, thus not being ready for commercial use;
  • Projects in collaboration between companies and R&D entities aimed at an effective transfer of knowledge and improvement of R&D results into the private sector;
  • Projects aimed at strengthening the production of new or improved goods and services, as well as processes or manufacturing methods, and ultimately generating new opportunities for internationalization;
  • Projects aimed at introducing higher levels of qualification and internationalization in SMEs, and ultimately increasing their competitiveness, flexibility and capacity to respond to global market demands.
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