INTERREG V A España – Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 (0055_ALGARED_PLUS_5_E)
ALGARED+ - RED transfronteriza para el desarrollo de productos innovadores con microALGAs


ALGARED + is a network of excellence, constituted under the operational program EP-INTERREG VA Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) and formed by universities, research centers, public and private companies in the aquaculture sector, biomedicine and microalgae production, located on the border of these two countries. The objective of this network is the implementation of a strategy in the Spanish-Portuguese border that promotes research and technological development in the area of microalgae biotechnology and its use in health, cosmetics and aquaculture. This project will be carried out in the Algarve / Western Andalusia, cross-border area an area heavily influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, home to ecosystems of great richness and biodiversity that can form a framework for important economic activities of great strategic importance, such as aquaculture and ficoculture. These activities have a high potential for innovation, and can be a source of wealth still unexplored as substances of pharmacological and cosmetic interest. The project is articulated in 6 Activities, aimed at bioprospecting, isolation and valorisation of new microalgal strains, in addition to contemplating measures of coordination among the participants and communication to the business community and society in general.

Project Main Goals:

Promote scientific excellence in Andalusia-Algarve cross-border cooperation in the field of Microalgae Biotechnology, through the creation of a transnational network of universities, R&D centres ie technological centres and companies dedicated to the research, production and exploitation of biomass of microalgae, increasing its international competitiveness.

Stimulate the mobility of researchers and technicians between R&D centres and companies on both sides of the border.

Promote the transfer of know-how generated to companies in the still incipient area of microalgae biotechnology.

Collect the needs of the business sector to promote projects.


Universidad de Huelva (PI) | Instituto de Investigación y Formación Agraria, Pesquera y de la Producción Ecológica (IFAPA) | Universidad de Córdoba | Instituto de Ciencias Marinas de Andalucía (CSIC) | Fundación Centro Tecnológico de Acuicultura de Andalucía (CTAQUA) | Universidade do Algarve | NECTON - COMPANHIA PORTUGUESA DE CULTURAS MARINHAS S.A | Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, I.P.M.A. | Sea4Us – Biotecnologia e Recursos Marinhos, Lda