The Welcome II Programme promotes the mobility of postdoctoral researchers
holding the nationality of a EU Member State or of an Associated Country to
FP7, living in any Third Country for at least the last 3 years, to join
institutions located in Portugal.
The Programme is co-funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia,
FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology), and the Marie Curie
Action Cofund, under the People Programme of the European Commission’s 7th
The applications to the Welcome II Programme will be selected further to
the publishing of the call launched by the FCT through open competition and
the evaluation by international panels of evaluators.
The funding under the present regulations promotes the return of
postdoctoral researchers to Portugal and therefore to the European Research
Area, through the establishment of Grant Agreements with scientific
research public or private institutions in Portugal.
Contractor Institutions and Host Institutions
- Under these regulations, the following institutions are
eligible to sign Grant Agreements:
- Higher Education Institutions in partnership with R&D
institutions funded by FCT, of all areas of research;
- Associated Laboratories;
- State Laboratories;
- Companies, including SMEs, with R&D activities;
- Other public and private R&D institutions duly recognized by
- The Contractor Institution (CI) that will sign the Grant Agreement must
have juridical personality.
- The Host Institutions (HI), which may or not be the same as the CIs,
are the institutions applying to the call, in liaison with one or more
researchers, and they are, from the scientific point of view, responsible
for the applications.
Researchers under this contract must, at the deadline of the call, fulfil
the following conditions:
- Have the nationality of one of the EU Member States (Austria, Belgium,
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain,
Sweden and United Kingdom) or of one of the Associated Countries to FP7
(Croatia, FYROM, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia,
Switzerland, Turkey, Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina);
- Have been awarded a PhD degree;
- Have lived and carried out research activity for at least the last 3
years in Third Countries. Third Countries are countries that are neither
Member States nor Associated Countries to FP7. Researchers are also
considered eligible if they have returned to Europe during the period of 6
months prior to the call deadline, subsequent to the period of residence of
3 years in a Third Country. Exceptionally, for the Call to be open on
December 15, 2010, the previous period of 6 months is extended to 9 months.
Types of candidates
There are two categories of candidates, based on the researcher’s
- Researchers holding a PhD (Type A);
- Researchers with 5 or more years of research experience
after obtaining their PhD (Type B).
- The entity responsible for the management of the present Programme is
the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).
- FCT is the sole signatory of the Grant Agreement with the European
Call for proposals, evaluation and decision
- The institution responsible for the call launch is FCT.
- The period during which the call for applications is open shall be that
defined in the official Announcement published by FCT.
- The call shall be announced on FCT portal, without prejudice to the
dissemination through other means deemed appropriate.
Admissibility of the proposals
- The verification of the formal requirements regarding the admissibility
of the proposals shall, if not automatically made by the applications
portal, be carried out by FCT.
- The list of eligible and non-eligible proposals will be published on
- FCT shall notify both applicants and host institutions that submitted
non-eligible applications of their exclusion of the selection process,
together with information regarding the basis for such decision.
Composition of the evaluation panels
- The evaluation shall be carried out by Evaluation Panels for the
different scientific areas, composed of highly recognized experts, whose
coordinators shall be appointed by the FCT Board of Directors.
- Each project shall be evaluated by at least two different evaluators.
- If no consensus is reached, the panel coordinator may invite a third
- The participation of Portuguese evaluators shall not be higher than a
third of the total of evaluators, per panel.
- Applicants and host institutions shall receive the results of the
evaluation within not more than 6 months after the launch of the programme.
- All research funded under the Welcome II Programme shall comply with
national ethical legislation and the ethical rules under FP7.
- FCT shall make use of the advice of ethical experts, whenever necessary
under this call.
- Proposals that are rejected based on the opinions of the ethical
experts shall not be funded.
- Proposals must be written in English using the application portal
provided online for that purpose, and submitted jointly by the candidates
and the institutions that fulfil the requirements set forth in the official
Announcement and the Regulations.
- The researchers must complete a specific section on the portal
identifying ethically sensitive issues in their research proposal.
- The curriculum vitae must be completed using the specific platform
indicated in the application portal.
- All scientific areas are eligible.
- The researchers must submit projects of their own choice, in view of
their career development, that are accepted by the host institution.
- The candidates shall consider the following documents for the
application: Guide for Applicants, Evaluation Guide, Ethics Guide and the
provisions regarding Intellectual Property Rights.
- The institutions mentioned in Article 2, no. 3 shall indicate the host conditions. If the contractor
institution is a Higher Education Institution, the institutional part of
the proposal must be completed by the R&D host institution.
- A researcher may only submit one proposal under each call.
- The Statements of Responsibility, drawn up according to the template to
be provided for that purpose at the application portal, must be sent to FCT
by registered mail with recorded delivery within 10 days after the call
- The Statements of Responsibility must be signed and initialled by the
person or persons legally authorized to do so.
Besides the specific documentation that may be required in the official
Announcement of the call and the application portal, the application files
must include the documentation mentioned in the following points:
- Documents certifying that the applicant fulfils the requirements for
the submission of the application, laid down in Article
3 (to be submitted online, and, in hard copy, originals or certified
copies, in case the application is evaluated favourably);
- Project (online submission only);
- Curriculum Vitae of the candidate (online submission only);
- Letters of recommendation (optional; online submission only);
- Host conditions (online submission only).
- The evaluation and selection of the proposals is the responsibility of
FCT and will be supported by highly recognized experts, taking into
consideration the selection criteria listed in the following number.
- During the evaluation of applications, the following criteria shall be
taken into account:
- Scientific and technological quality of the project;
- Merit of the researcher;
- Quality of the host institution and capacity to implement the
- Impact of the project.
Approval of the decision
The decision shall be approved by the competent supervising authority.
General conditions under which funding is granted
- The Grant Agreements shall be signed between FCT and the contractor
- The Grant Agreements shall have a duration of 3 years.
Intellectual Property Rights
- FCT will not claim Intellectual Property Rights.
- The employment contract that is due to be signed between the researcher
and the contractor institution shall include specifications regarding
Intellectual Property Rights.
Type of employment contract
- Employment contracts between the Contractor Institutions and the
researchers shall be subject to the current employment law as well as to
Decree-Law 124/99 of April 20.
- The researchers shall be hired under the requirement of exclusive
- The funding shall take into account the applicants’ profile defined
under Article 4. Thus, candidates of Type A shall
receive the amount corresponding to index 195 of the Scientific Research
Career remuneration statute and candidates of Type B shall receive the
amount corresponding to index 220 of the said statute.
- Under the Grant Agreements, the following salary costs,
effectively born by the Contractor Institutions referred to under
Article 2, no. 1, are
- Base salary, vacation and Christmas supplements corresponding to
index 195 – Researchers Type A, referred to in Article
4, point a) – and to index 220 –
Researchers Type B, referred to in Article 4,
point b) – of the Scientific Research Career
- Food subsidy in the amount corresponding to the allowance offered
to civil service workers; the calculation is made based on the average
number of working days per month and the number of months in which the
subsidy is due;
- Mandatory social security contributions paid by the employer;
- Costs of unemployment compensation, calculated
according to the terms of the legislation in force, to be paid by the
employer to the contracted researcher when the fixed-term employment
- Additionally, the following categories are eligible:
- Travel and mobility allowance in the total amount of 1600€, to be
paid once, in the first year;
- Research costs: 5000€/year/candidate;
- Overheads: 5000€/year/candidate.
- The amounts paid by the Contractor Institution and those paid by FCT as
a result of any sick pay, maternity, paternity and adoption allowances will
be settled at the time the compensation, referred to under no. 2 point d), is paid or
together with the last payment.
The Contractor Institution shall establish the salaries due in the
contracts into which it enters; they may not be less than those provided
for in the funding granted by FCT.
Conditions of payment
- Processing of the financial support to be provided shall begin once FCT
has received the contracts, duly signed by the researchers.
- The transfer of the salary costs is made monthly.
- Should the employment contracts be rescinded, the financial support
will cease forthwith, and the contractor institution shall return any funds
- The transfer of the overheads and the research costs for the contractor
institution is made annually; the first transfer shall be due in the
beginning of the project.
- The institutions shall make proof, on a monthly basis, of payments
transferred to the candidates.
Obligations of the recipient entities
- Recipient entities shall be obliged to:
- Guarantee the necessary conditions so that the researchers may
carry out their activities according to the plans presented in the
- Execute the contract in accordance with the stipulated deadlines
and terms and respect all the legal obligations it entails;
- Define, together with the candidate, the contractual terms
regarding Intellectual Property Rights;
- Fulfil the indications and procedures contained in the Ethics
- Notify FCT of any change or occurrence that could call into
question the preconditions regarding the realization of the work plan;
- Provide to FCT, or to other entities designated by FCT, and to
entities charged with monitoring, any information or documents they
might request, including an annual report of activities, as well as
allow access to the facilities where the contract is carried out;
- Create and keep updated a file containing all documents proving the
transfer of funding, payments, and fulfillment of contractual
- Participate in the dissemination of the results;
- Respect the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of
Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
- Recipient entities shall be subject to the audit of proposals and
contracts in terms of their material, financial and accounting components,
both at the location where the contracts are carried out and with the
entity which holds the original documents of the file and documents proving
expenses; recipient entities shall cooperate to the best of their ability
in these tasks.
Obligations of the fellow beneficiaries
Fellow beneficiaries shall be obliged to:
- Carry out the project within its scheduled time frames;
- Define, together with the contractor institution, the contractual terms
regarding Intellectual Property Rights;
- Respect the ethical regulations defined by Portuguese legislation and
Failure to fulfil contractual obligations
Should the researcher fail to fulfil his/her contractual obligations, the
contractor institution may rescind the contract under the terms of the law;
FCT must be notified immediately if this occurs.
Follow-up and monitoring
- Grant agreements may be the object of follow-up and monitoring by FCT,
namely through the use of satisfaction surveys carried out with the
contracted researchers and other types of follow-up.
- Host Institutions shall submit an Activity Report for interim
evaluation, using the form provided for that purpose, no later than the end
of each contract year.
- The Activity Report shall describe in detail how the research is
proceeding, as well as how the human resources hired have contributed to
- Host Institutions must also submit a Final Report within sixty days
after the contract signed with the researchers expires.
- These regulations may be subject to revision whenever deemed necessary.
- All revisions must be approved by the Minister of Science, Technology
and Higher Education.
All information relating to projects, including the information presented
in proposals and reports shall be treated by the managing entity as
confidential material, without prejudice to the existence of disclosable
items, which shall be specifically identified as such.
Subsidiary legal provisions
Anything not specifically covered in these regulations shall be governed by
the provisions set forth in Portuguese and European legislation dealing
with state-run incentive and assistance programs.
Entry into Force
These regulations shall enter into force immediately.