Ricardo managed a research center during the implementation of FP6 and was National Contact Point for the 7th EU FP, dedicated to the demanding task of working with both regional authorities and research organizations to foster their strategic participation in the capacitation calls at EU level. He was invited to kick-start and coordinate the “Strategic Projects and International Relations Team” at the National Agency for the Promotion of Scientific Culture – Ciência Viva.
Ricardo coordinated the development of the Portuguese National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures at FCT (Portuguese National Research Council) as well as its Implementation Committee. He has been National Delegate at the H2020 Research Infrastructures priority and to the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).
He was chair of the ESFRI Strategy Working Group on Energy Issues for three years, having led the European sectoral landscape mapping and analysis exercise as well as the evaluation of the applicant Energy Research Infrastructures to the ESFRI Roadmap.
Was the elected Chair of the Implementation Board of the European Research Infrastructure EMBRC (European Marine Biology Resource Centre), Vice-Chair of the Research Infrastructure EPOS – European Plate Observing System and Chair of the Science Europe Working Group on Research Infrastructures until he took up his mission as Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education of the XXI Constitutional Government of Portugal.
In the innovation field, Ricardo was responsible for preparing the implementation of the Technologic Infrastructures Programme, under close articulation with the Portuguese Minister of Economy and responsible for overseeing International Programmes such as EUREKA, at the National Innovation Agency.
He is now the Senior Advisor for Research & Innovation of CESAER, an European Association of 51 leading doctorate granting universities of Science & Technology, spread across 26 countries.