For more information see the FCT leaflet
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) is the national funding
agency that supports science, technology and innovation, in all scientific
domains, under responsibility of the Ministry for Science, Technology and
Higher Education. FCT started its activity in August 1997, succeeding the
Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (JNICT).
Since March 2012 FCT has coordinated public policies for the Information and
Knowledge Society in Portugal, after the integration of the Knowledge Society
In October 2013, FCT took over the attributions and responsibilities of the Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional (FCCN), [Foundation for National Scientific Computation].
FCT’s vision is:
FCT’s mission is to continuously promote the advancement of knowledge in science and technology in Portugal, attain the highest international standards in quality and competitiveness, in all scientific and technological domains, and encourage its dissemination and active role in society and in economic growth.
FCT pursues its mission by funding fellowships, studentships and research contracts for scientists, research projects, internationally competitive research centres and state-of-the-art infrastructures, via competitive calls with international peer-review. FCT ensures Portugal’s participation in international scientific organisations, fosters the participation of the scientific community in international projects and promotes knowledge transfer between R&D centres and industry. Working closely with international organisations, FCT coordinates public policy for the Information and Knowledge Society in Portugal and ensures the development of national scientific computing resources.
The results of FCT accomplishments are, in essence, the outcome of the work carried out by the individual scientists, research groups and institutions that are funded by FCT.
FCT’s budget encompasses funds from the Portuguese state budget and European
For 2015, FCT's budget for science funding was €460 million.