About the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
| ||Founded in 1997 through Portugal’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Higher Education, the FCT—or National Science Foundation—was created to advance scientific and technological knowledge in Portugal as a means to improve overall education, health, environment, and quality of life. Marking its tenth anniversary in 2007, the FCT partnered with Carnegie Mellon. Broadening the organization’s international cooperation, the FCT also initiated an ambitious cooperative program with the International Nanotechnologies Laboratory in Spain, and serves as one of the 77-member organization of the European Science Foundation. |
Although the FCT’s focus is on promoting interconnectivity, funding research, and strengthening infrastructures for scientific research and technological development, its view of science and technology fields are broadly defined. Natural and health sciences, engineering, social sciences, and the humanities are also included within the FCT’s purview.
While promoting growth and development takes many paths, the FCT primarily seeks to fulfill their mission through evaluation and funding of research proposals submitted by educational institutions and high-tech corporations, research teams, and individual corporate and faculty researchers. Dedicated to ensuring that students will be able to pursue higher education, there is a permanent open call for doctoral, post-doctoral and internship grants. Growing steadily each year, almost 1,500 post-doctoral students applied for grants in 2007 with over 800 receiving funding. Additional sources of funding come from periodic calls related to a specific theme or domain, such as the International Polar Year and the Focus On: People.