This project was funded by by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) under the National Programme for Scientific Hardware Renewal (PNRC) with the aim of renewing the national scientific infrastructure, by financing the acquisition, updating and expansion of scientific equipment.

Funding was received through the Programa Operacional Ciência e Inovação 2010 — POCI 2010 (formerly POCTI) of the Quadro Comunitário de Apoio III (2000-2006), with EU funds (FEDER) and national funds and through the FCT Scientific Hardware Renewal Project, with national funds.