The research environment is composed of DEEC and the following research institutes associated with FEUP:
- INESC TEC – Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science
- IT – Instituto de Telecomunicações
- SYSTEC – Research Center for Systems and Technology
- INEB – Biomedical Engineering Institute
CISTER – Research Centre in Computing Systems is a host Research Centre associated with PDEEC.
FEUP and DEEC have on-going cooperation programs with the following USA Universities: CMU – Carnegie-Mellon University, MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and UTA – University of Texas at Austin. With CMU offers a double Ph.D. degree (cmuportugal.org).