The Mountain Research Centre (CIMO) was founded in 2003 at the School of Agriculture of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança and is part of the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) research centers network. The centre aims at producing sound science directed to the improvement and valorization of mountain ecosystems. It includes 164 members with backgrounds in ecology, forestry, agronomy, planning, chemistry, and biology, among other.
The Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) is a public higher education institution founded in 1983. With around 400 faculty members and 7000 students, it is organized in 5 schools: Agriculture, Education, Health, Technology and Management in Bragança and Management and Tourism in Mirandela.