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Research Infrastructures

INSA
Luísa Ferreira / MCTES

Introduction

State-of-the-art research facilities underpin cutting edge research and innovation, by bringing together human and material resources to tackle ever increasingly complex problems across all scientific fields.

Modern day science requires multidisciplinary teams, sophisticated network-based equipment and the capacity to generate, store and analyse enormous amounts of data. Research infrastructures such as radiation sources, biological data banks, earth and space observatories, imaging systems or clean rooms for the study and development of new materials or nano-electronics, provide the basis on which new knowledge and innovations may develop.

As part of its mission, FCT supports research infrastructures of strategic interest that sustain scientific and technological advancements and strengthen the scientific R&D&I community in Portugal, thus stimulating their active participation in European and international projects. Regular updates and periodic reviews of the infraestructures network ensure that Portugal and its regions stay internationally competitive.

In this section you will find information on FCT funding and support for research equipment and infrastructures.