“The BIAL Foundation exists mainly because we believe in Portugal. Because we want to contribute to fulfil Portugal's destiny.

For three decades, the BIAL Foundation has been distinguishing and supporting those who seek to advance in science and knowledge in Portugal and worldwide. We will continue to promote research and stimulate discoveries that enable human beings to live better lives, using all their potential and respecting the Universal Laws.”

Luís Portela
Founder and Chairman of the BIAL Foundation


The BIAL Foundation is a private, non-profit institution of public utility. It was established on 6 May 1994, in Porto, by BIAL, in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities.
Its prestige is further enhanced by the high Sponsorship of the President of the Portuguese Republic and the Portuguese Medical Association.



To foster the scientific study of the human being from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.