The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) is the national public agency to support research in science, technology and innovation, in all areas of knowledge.
FCT’s vision is:
- Making Portugal an international reference in science, technology and innovation
- Ensure that the knowledge generated by scientific research is fully used for economic growth and the well-being of citizens.
Fellowships are awarded through competitive competitions, in which the applications received go through a rigorous peer review process, with the participation of independent reviewers.
The list of open competitions is available in the Competitions section , which also presents those already closed.
PhD and post-doctoral scholarships awarded in individual calls for tenders. It includes doctoral grants in companies, and other types of grants for graduates, at different stages of their careers.
With a strong scientific research base, these PhD programs are proposed by R&D centers, universities and / or companies.
Support programs for hiring the best doctorates for national R&D centers.
Different types of support for the most innovative and ambitious research projects, in all areas of knowledge.
Basic and strategic funding for R&D centers evaluated by FCT.
Support for re-equipment programs and for the creation and maintenance of a national roadmap for research infrastructures.
Access to funding sources and international networks (including Horizon 2020), for collaborations with researchers in other countries.
Support to initiatives related to the research activity: meetings, publications, scientific societies, and others.
Support in specific areas, through protocols with national and international organizations.
Awarded in recognition of work done in any area of knowledge.