Portugal: FCT

Name of Funding agency

  FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Geographical coverage


Name of the programme/initiative

   Project Grants in all Scientific Domains

Programme website


Programme owner


Program manager


Contact persons/e-mail, tel.

     Ana Margarida Santos
     Phone: (+351) 213 917 644

Funding Commitment

     700.000 €

Anticipated number of fundable research partners

     6 to 12

Maximum funding per grant awarded to a partner

    The funding for the Portuguese participation in a transnational proposal           (duration 2-3 years) is limited to:

  • Up to 150.000 €/grant/shared among PT partners
  • Up to 250.000€/grant/as EU consortium leader shared among PT partners

For more information check: https://www.fct.pt/apoios/cooptrans/eranets/meranet/

Type of research eligible for funding: eligible TRL range

 All types of research and thematic areas of the M-ERA.NET Workprogramme are eligible.

TRL range: 1 – 8. See below additional eligibility criteria.

Funding rates (approx.)

  • 100% for not-for-profit organisations
  • Up to 50% for profit organisations (Large and SMEs)

For more information check the legislation: https://www.fct.pt/apoios/projectos/regulamentofundosnacionais.phtml.en

   Additional eligibility criteria

1.     Each principal investigator can only participate or coordinate one proposal application to the Call.

2.      Proposals with a start or end TRL equal or higher than five must include one Portuguese Technological Centre and/or one Portuguese cluster and/or one Portuguese company/SME in the consortium application.

The eligible institutions for funding are described at the “https://www.fct.pt/apoios/projectos/regulamentofundosnacionais.phtml.en ”: higher education institutions and associated research centres; Associated Laboratories; State Laboratories; public or private non-profit institutions (dedicated to R&D); companies.

Submission of the proposal at national level

Each Principal Investigator as well as the Head of the Portuguese institution must sign and stamp a “Declaração de Compromisso”. Scanned copies of this “Declaration of Commitment”, in accordance with the template provided, must be sent, by e-mail, to the FCT’s contact person until 10 calendar days after the pre-proposal submission deadline. FCT may request the original documents later.  Download the file at:  http://www.fct.pt/apoios/cooptrans/eranets/meranet/index.phtml.en

Submission of financial and scientific reports at the national/regional level

For purposes of follow-up and final assessment, beneficiaries submit annual scientific progress report(s) and one final scientific report through the FCT, I.P. portal and preferentially in English. For more information check the article 24º of the Regulation at: https://www.fct.pt/apoios/projectos/regulamentofundosnacionais.phtml.en

The expenditure justification is made via electronic submission of the identifying lists of expenses paid, and in a specific form provided through the FCT, I.P internet portal.


Further guidance

An advance payment of a minimum of 15% of the funding approved for the project is made to the PI by FCT, I.P. after the Acceptance Document return.

The PI receives payments as refunds for each list of proven expenditure, with amounts that allow the progressive reduction of the advance payment amount.

For more information check the article 20º of the Regulation at: https://www.fct.pt/apoios/projectos/regulamentofundosnacionais.phtml.en