One of the ISCTE-IUL’s key strategic goals is to become a research university with an increasingly higher and internationalized scientific performance, aimed at the advancement of knowledge in its main areas – Management and Economics, Sociology and Public Policy, Social Sciences and Humanities, Information and Communication Technologies and Architecture - and its application to institutions, the economy and society.
ISCTE-IUL has a broad network of patnerships with leading universities and research centres, national and internationally, as well as public, private and third sector organizations.
ISCTE-IUL has eight research units that develop high quality research. These research units are regularly submitted to international external evaluation conducted by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and most receive top ratings. The work of excellence performed by the research units of ISCTE-IUL is recognized by the Rectory, each year, through Scientific Awards that distinguish professors and researchers with scientific publications in the most highly reputed international journals.