Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal
Role in CIRCLE-2: Co-leader Task 2.3 in WP DESIGN
The Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT) is the main funding agency for research in Portugal with a status of a public organisation with administrative and financial autonomy, under the aegis of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES).
FCT covers all fields of science, from natural sciences to humanities, normally in a responsive mode, aiming at capability enhancement and research excellence. This general support to the development of the S&T system is complemented with the promotion of research in public policies domains, through thematic programmes launched in cooperation with other public organisations.
FCT funding is structured around the following schemes: promotion of training and career development (fellowships, scholarships), promotion of the institutional base in higher education and private non-profit sectors (institutional funding), support to infrastructures, promotion and development of scientific activity (research projects presented by institutions, research teams or individuals in public open calls), diffusion of scientific culture and knowledge.
The agency owns the research programme and it's responsible for the design, the implementation and the operative management of the programme.
FCT has gained lots of experience in CIRCLE CA as well as in several other ERA-Nets.