CERNAS is a research unit hosted by the College of Agriculture of the Coimbra Polytechnic Institute (ESA/IPC) and the College of Agriculture of t he Castelo Branco Polytechnic Institute (ESA/IPCB).
Both host institutions have built along their history strong networks with the agriculture local enterprises and associations and this fact confers to CERNAS a very strong active role within the production system.
Both hosting institutions (IPC and IPCB) will make available their resources, in terms of allowing their members of staff to join freely CERNAS research team, by allowing the use of their research and development equipment and infrastructures, including laboratories, pilots and field trials.
Furthermore, the hosting institutions will assure the needed support structures in what concerns the administrative, financial and communication services. This includes the use of the documental management system and the financial management system, to provide the consistence required to fulfill FCT demands. In addition, , the host institutions provide privileged access to the existing infrastructures devoted to the fostering of entrepreneurship, which will allow the implementation of a consequent strategy allowing the blossom of technological based startup companies and their development towards spin off enterprises. These symbioses have and will allow the implementation of CERNAS strategy under the scope of CERNAS aim to become a major player in the sustainable development of the Centro Region.