FCT has opened the call Verão com Ciência, which will provide financial support for Summer Internships for students.


Who can apply | Destinatários

Students who meet the conditions to be eligible for FCT scholarships for initiation to research or research (articles 5 and 6 of the FCT scholarship Regulation), as well as students with scholarships for school social action.

Os estudantes e jovens que reúnam as condições para ser bolseiros de iniciação à investigação ou de investigação (artº 5º e 6º do Regulamento de bolsas da FCT) assim como os estudantes bolseiros da ação social escolar.

Applications | Candidaturas

ITI Staff will be helping the students with their applications and form submission, please email admin@iti.larsys.pt for support.

Proposals must be submitted to FCT by filling in this specific form, in Portuguese or English, by students who wish to apply for scholarships for initiation to research or research (FCT), or for the extension of school social action (DGES), including an indication of the person responsible for the internship, the host institution, and a short work program.

To submit applications, the form must be filled out and sent in pdf format to the email veraocomciencia@fct.pt. Additional information can also be obtained through the same email.

Application deadline: by 5 p.m. on June 26, 2020.

O Staff do ITI dará apoio às candidaturas dos alunos e submissão dos formulários, por favor envie email para o admin@iti.larsys.pt para assistência.

As propostas devem ser enviadas para a FCT através do preenchimento, em língua portuguesa ou inglesa, do formulário pelos estudantes interessados, para solicitação de bolsas de iniciação à investigação ou de investigação (FCT), ou de extensão da ação social escolar (DGES), incluindo indicação do responsável pela formação em investigação, da instituição de acolhimento e programa de trabalho resumido.

Para efetuar a candidatura, deverá ser preenchido o formulário e ser enviado em formato pdf para o email veraocomciencia@fct.pt. Informações adicionais também poderão ser obtidas através do mesmo email.

Prazo de candidatura: até às 17h00 do dia 26 de junho de 2020.

Evaluation | Avaliação

The decision on the granting of support rests with the President of the FCT Directive Council, after hearing the General Director of Higher Education – DGES.

The decision on the extension, in the form of aid, of school social action scholarships active in 2019/20, to students with a confirmation letter of acceptance in “Summer Schools” in Polytechnics and Universities, rests with DGES.

In this process, the procedure for hearing interested parties does not apply, considering paragraphs a) and c) of Article no. 124 of the CPA.

A decisão sobre a concessão de apoios cabe à Presidente do Conselho Diretivo da FCT, após ouvido o Diretor Geral do Ensino Superior – DGES.

A decisão sobre a extensão, sob a forma de auxílio, das bolsas de ação social escolar ativas em 2019/20, aos estudantes com carta de confirmação de aceitação em “Escolas de Verão” em Politécnicos e Universidades, cabe à DGES.

Neste processo não se aplica o procedimento de audiência de interessados, considerando as alíneas a) e c) do Art.º 124º do CPA.

Interested students may apply to one of the following project proposals to work with a Faculty and a project team from ITI or MARE.
Details of the available projects below.

Os alunos interessados podem candidatar-se a uma das seguintes propostas para trabalhar com um Docente e uma equipa de investigação do ITI ou MARE. Mais informações dos projetos abaixo.

Study for Assistive Technologies for the Elderly
Supervisor: Pedro Campos

The ETC project (M1420-01-0247-FEDER-000019) aims at studying novel assistive technologies for the elderly and their caregivers, studying and researching the usage of remote monitoring devices and its impact on mental health and wellbeing of both the patients and the informal caregivers. The overall goal is to design and develop novel assistive experiences mediated by technology and using an “emotional design” approach.
In this internship, the student will assist with user research related to behavior change design for healthcare. You are expected to develop tools to gather information from the web (e.g., self-reports and caregiver-proxy reports posted online) to help understand stakeholder needs and pain points.


  • Develop research activities in terms of user experience and user interface design towards creating novel assistive technologies;
  • Develop a web scraping tool to gather data from the web;
  • Develop text mining tools to flag popular topics.

Candidate requirements

  • Interest in user-centered research/design;
  • Technical background with web development skills.

Students will work 20-25 hours/week in the Madeira Pole of ITI/LARSyS located at the Madeira Tecnopolo, in Funchal.

Cetacean Monitoring and Ecology
Supervisor: Anja Badenas Krakauer

Cetaceans play an important role in maintaining the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. It is therefore of great importance to monitor and study cetacean populations to understand their ecology and implement adequate conservation plans when necessary. A total of 29 cetacean species have been recorded in Madeira, where continuous monitoring and research studies are being performed. Different monitoring tools such as photo-identification, biopsies, and satellite tags have been implemented throughout the different studies which have given valuable insight into the lives of these top predators. The goal of our research group is to further understand the ecology, presence, and behavior of cetaceans in this remote insular environment, especially on a period where marine mammals are heavily impacted by anthropogenic activities.


  • Take part of boat surveys (in dedicated platforms and/or platforms of opportunity);
  • Assess the presence of cetaceans;
  • Help in processing, selecting and analyzing photo-identification data;
  • Take part in laboratory analysis both for genetic and biochemical purposes.

Candidate requirements

  • Possess basic computer skills;
  • Willing to learn, be proactive and work well in a team;
  • Willing to help in any other activities that might arise;
  • Collaborate with researchers and students to achieve the research group’s objectives.

Students will work 20-25 hours/week in the Madeira Pole of MARE (Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre) / ARDITI & Oceanic Observatory of Madeira (https://oom.arditi.pt/) located at the Madeira Tecnopolo, in Funchal.

Holistic approaches in coastal habitat studies
Supervisors: João Monteiro and Francesca Gizzi
Understanding the complexity of factors, indicators and mechanisms involved in ecosystem functioning, ecological processes and responses to disturbances is paramount to assess in how organisms, ecosystems and ultimately human populations will cope with natural and man driven disturbances. Traditional marine ecosystem survey methods have, to some degree, been limited in determining relations between ecosystem composition/functioning and the multitude of environmental conditions and disturbances that may have role in shaping biological communities and their responses.

Over the last decade there has been an increasing demand of solutions and approaches that integrate multiple technologies and methods that are able to provide multiple “layers” of information of relevance to ecosystems, habitats and residing communities.  Across the world’s oceans, efforts have been made to improve and integrate remote sensing from satellites with acoustic surveys with findings from sampling and in situ observations and with modeling.

In this internship we offer participants the opportunity to participate in an holistic approach to coastal surveys and get first hand experience in in multiple marine survey methods and sampling strategies to leverage their integration in  ecological studies and marine science.


Specifically, students will learn and/or participate in:

Intertidal and/or subtidal surveys to characterize communities using in situ categorization and imagery;

  • Drone based aerial surveys and mosaic reconstruction from aerial imagery to produce detailed maps and assess topography;
  • Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) surveys for bathymetry assessment and mapping;
  • Imagery analysis and the use of artificial intelligence in imagery based surveys.
Candidate requirements

Participants will get hands-on contact with all these survey methods and are expected to use legacy and available data to produce unique maps or GIS
layers. Candidates are expected to:

  • Possess basic computer skills and able to work in the field;
  • Be willing to assist and collaborate with ongoingworks;
  • Be fluent in Portuguese and/or English.

Participants will work  20-30 h per week at MARE-Madeira facilities in Funchal and Caniçal.

AI4Soccer – Monitoring and Analysis of the potential of young athletes
Supervisors: Morgado Dias & Élvio Rúbio
Football is an extremely attractive area, both for the passions it arouses and for the financial potential it has, having become a very relevant “industry” for many economies, such as the Portuguese. However, this activity is not yet studied in detail, mainly with regard to the development of the players and the characteristics that lead to success. In this sense, this work proposes the creation of a database for the management of the sports evolution of the soccer player in formation of a reference club of the Portuguese soccer championship.

At this stage, the database will be created and tested and some heuristic analysis tools based on artificial intelligence will be tested to analyze the potential success of young athletes throughout their training.
This work is part of the ongoing research line that includes the creation of a Training Laboratory with the support of Artificial Intelligence tools, complementing this project, the Maritime Training Laboratory.


The purpose of this platform is to analyze the individual information of the football player from several modules:

  • Evaluation of training and competition;
  • Assessment of physical fitness;
  • Assessment of the psychological profile;
  • History of injuries.

Students will work 20-25 hours/week in the Madeira Pole of ITI/LARSyS located at the Madeira Tecnopolo, in Funchal.

VERSoccer – Virtual reality Environments as a therapeutic technique in Rehabilitation of Soccer players

Supervisor: Frederica Gonçalves

Soccer players throughout their careers are affected by injuries of various types. The rapid recovery of these injuries is one of the main objectives of the various agents involved in a player’s career. All of the rehabilitation plans evolve using the affected body parts and perform exercises, some of these repeated multiple times. The traditional rehabilitation process is characterized by the use of devices that are almost always the same, and always in the same environment for long periods that may cause unmotivated. Therefore, researchers have pursued new approaches to improve rehabilitation. The introduction of Virtual Reality (VR) allows presenting a virtual scenario that is appealing to the patient performing rehabilitation. However, there is currently limited scientific evidence of rehabilitation for injured athletes in professional sport using VR systems and the scenarios applied to it. The VERSoccer will use technologies such as the VIVE solutions to provide realistic and immersive VR scenarios to soccer players, as well as to monitor the behavioral assessment using biofeedback techniques in real-time.

This solution will offer the opportunity to sport science professionals and physiotherapists to manipulate spatial and temporal constraints of all the VR features allowing users to interact with the systems while having high ecological validity and experimental control.

In this internship, students will be involved in creating new scenarios in close collaboration with experts, physiotherapists, and soccer players in a user-centered process. We aim to cover the fundamental requirements for a virtual reality system that will allow soccer’s professionals to perform rehabilitation and training plans more freely and with higher levels of motivation.

Candidate Requirements

  • Interest in user-centered research / design;
  • Experience with IDE, such as Unity;
  • Interest or experience in Unity development and/or Android, iOS;
  • Collaborate with other students and researchers within the VERSoccer team to achieve the project objectives.
  • Design and development of 3D scenarios of rehabilitation exercises, providing realistic and immersive VR scenarios, especially useful for further use in pilot tests;
  • Evaluation of the systems’ usability, for further evaluation on the cognitive and physical impact of soccer players;
  • Organize project documentation and setting priorities for new content.

Students will work 20-25 hours/week in the Madeira Pole of ITI/LARSyS located at the Madeira Tecnopolo, in Funchal.

A simple sleep analysis through CAP

Supervisor: Morgado Dias

During sleep, the brain oscillates between two major states, the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and the non-REM. Cyclic patterns of REM and NREM define the sleep macrostructure, organized in discrete levels that are directly related to the sleep deepness. Transitional states are defined by the sleep microstructure, describing the transient and phasic events in the brain electrical activity that can be measured by electroencephalography. This imaging technique belongs to the electrobiological measurements group, and the electroencephalogram (EEG) is one of the most commonly used techniques in this field.

A relevant microstructure phasic event, defined in the NREM sleep, is the Cyclic Alternating Pattern (CAP), characterized by cycles of an activation phase followed by a quiescent phase. Studies have indicated that CAP is a relevant process to generate, consolidate and disrupt the sleep macrostructure. This patterns is the EEG marker of sleep instability and measures the effort of the brain to maintain sleep. CAP cycles have been associated with sleep apnea, bruxism, insomnia, periodic limb movements, restless leg syndrome, idiopathic generalized epilepsy and nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy. Therefore, scoring CAP is significant for characterization and diagnosis of such pathologies.

A large quantity of information is produced during a full night of EEG sleep, making the task of manually scoring all the CAP cycles unpractical, with a high probability of misclassification. Therefore, the objective of this work is to implement of an artificial neural network to perform the automatic classification of the CAP cycles by evaluating the signal from one EEG channel.

Students will work 20-25 hours/week in the Madeira Pole of ITI/LARSyS located at the Madeira Tecnopolo, in Funchal.

Madeira Sport Science Lab

Supervisor: Élvio Rúbio Gouveia

To improve players´ game performance is the main purpose of the physical educators that teach sport-related games. The combination of tactical awareness and skill execution is the principal focus on the training process. Madeira Sport Science Lab in association with Marítimo Training Lab project (M1420-01-0247-FEDER-000033) runs different studies about the impact of small-sided games (SSGs) on players’ performance in different types of invasion games. In the teaching and training context, the SSG has been considered as a high-intensity intermittent training exercise and is one of the most common drills used by physical educators. In this internship, students will have to deal with different training methodologies based on SSGs, testing specific game constraints, and assessing individual and collective skills in real conditions.
The research developed by Madeira Sport Science Lab also incorporates the monitorization of the training load, internal (i.e., physiological and psychological adaptations imposed on the player according to the prescribed external load) and external (i.e., the volume of work performed by the player, regardless of his internal characteristics) using different types of sensors coupled in wearable devices. Currently, the use of these technology resources that provide big data about the player’s performance, allows us to better understand the effects of the imposed training programs, analyse the players’ real-time status, and to infer his readiness for the competition.
At the end of this internship, students will have some expertise in the handling of various wearable sensors and devices for the performance assessment and monitorization in real-time, as well as the treatment and understanding of the results obtained.
Candidate requirements
  • Interest in sport-related games research;
  • Experience in training methodologies;
  • Experience in monitorization of the training load;
  • Skills to work in teams with other students and researchers from the research unit.
  • Support research in different training methodologies based on small-sided games, testing specific game constraints and assessing individual and collective skills in real conditions;
  • Performance assessment using wearable sensors and devices;
  • Monitorization of the training load in real time.

Students will work 20-25 hours/week in the Madeira Pole of ITI/LARSyS located at the Madeira Tecnopolo, in Funchal.