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2014 FCT Investigator Programme

Purpose and Overview

The FCT Investigator programme aims to support the recruitment of outstanding researchers into Portugal’s R&D centres. Open to all nationalities, the highly competitive programme targets scientists with exceptional track-records and clear potential to develop innovative research.

To date, 369 new FCT Investigators have been selected, in two calls (in 2012 and 2013). Following these two editions of the Programme, FCT launches the 2014 call for funding of up to 150 FCT Investigator grants.

The newly implemented FCT Policies on Open Access apply to the 2014 FCT Investigator call. These policies establish that all publications subject to any form of scientific review, arising from FCT-funded research, should be deposited in open access repositories. The policy on data management and sharing encourages researchers to share primary and other data arising from FCT-funded research with the scientific community.

Read the Official Announcement of this call.

What’s included

FCT Investigator grants provide a competitive salary, for up to five years. Selected FCT Investigators with no new or ongoing FCT-funded research as of 1st January 2015 are entitled to an Exploratory Project Grant of up to €50 000.

This call is funded by the national funds and, when applicable, by European Union structural funds.


All researchers holding a PhD degree, of any nationality, and in any research or academic field may apply.

There are three types of FCT investigator grants:

  • Starting Grant – aimed at researchers with more than 3 years and less than 8 years post-PhD experience at the time of application. Previous experience of scientific independence is not required;
  • Development Grant – aimed at researchers with a curriculum of exceptional merit and experience as an independent researcher;
  • Consolidation Grant – aimed at researchers with experience as an independent researcher, with a curriculum of exceptional merit and evidence of scientific leadership in a specific area of knowledge.

Further information on eligibility requirements may be found in the Official Announcement of the Call, in the Regulations and in the Application Guide.

How and when to apply

The call is open from 5 May 2014 to 17h00 (Lisbon time), 16 June 2014.

All applications should be submitted online, in English, via the FCT Investigator platform.

For important information on the application process in 2014, please refer to 2014 FCT Investigator Call – Highlights.

For detailed guidance notes on applying, please download the Application Guide and the Ethics Guide.


Submitted proposals will be evaluated by independent panels of leading experts in each research area, in a two-stage evaluation process.

The evaluation panels will assess the scientific merit of the applicant, the research project and the career development plan.

The first stage entails a pre-selection of the applicants, based on the assessment of the synopsis of the CV and the synopsis of the research project and career development plan. In the second stage the full application will be evaluated.

Applications shall be evaluated on a scale of 1 to 9. Applications scored below 7 will neither be admitted to the second stage nor recommended for funding.

Further information on the evaluation process is available in the Evaluation Guide.


For any enquiry related to this call, please e-mail

The information on this page does not replace or override any requirements set forth in the Regulations or the Official Announcement of the call for Proposals.