Partner 33: (PT: Portugal) FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Foundation for Science and Technology) is the national funding agency for science, technology and innovation, in all scientific and technological domains, under the responsibility of the Ministry for Education and Science.
FCT pursues its mission by funding fellowships, studentships and research contracts for scientists,
research projects, internationally competitive research centres and state-of-the-art infrastructures, via
competitive calls with international peer-review. FCT ensures Portugal’s participation in international
scientific organisations, fosters the participation of the scientific community in international projects
and promotes knowledge transfer between R&D centres and industry. Working closely with
international organisations, FCT coordinates public policy for the Information and Knowledge Society in Portugal and ensures the development of national scientific computing resources. FCT also provides the institutional framework for the Research Councils.
FCT’s budget encompasses funds from the Portuguese state budget and European structural funds. For
2014, FCT has a budget of circa €436 million for direct investment in science (this figure does not yet
include structural funds from the current European programme, which are under negotiation with the
European Commission). Funding is structured around the following schemes: Graduate Education and
Career Development (studentships, fellowships and contracts), R&D Projects (in all scientific domains), R&D Centres (Associate Laboratories, R&D Units), International cooperation (bilateral cooperation, membership of international organisations and international partnerships) and Others (includes Science, Technology and Society Network, Information Society, B-on, Support for Scientific Community Fund and Public Understanding of Science).