CISTER’s efforts in the preparation of PT2020 proposals has started to show results with the approval of the DSGrid proposal. The objective of the DSGrid project is to deliver new scientific and technical knowledge, new engineering skills and new products towards the establishment of third generation automation systems for substations and similar applications. It is set in the current development trend where the concepts of smarter transmission and distribution grids are delivering an answer to the challenges of energy efficiency, quality of power supply and lifecycle operational optimization of grid assets and systems. The project is owned by EFACEC with important contributions by EDP Distribuição, ISEP (through CISTER) and the University of Minho (through HASLab). CISTER will be central in the innovations related to embedded systems and to provide tools and analysis related to systems’ temporal properties. In meanwhile, collaborations of CISTER with EFACEC on related topics were discussed during an informal visit of CISTER researchers Eduardo Tovar and Jibran Ali to the EFACEC premises in Maia last May 27.