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International Cooperation

Sino-Portuguese Programme for Cooperation in Science & Technology


To the VIII call for proposals between Portugal and China were submitted 27 applications, which resulted in 10 projects funded.

Call for joint project proposals - 2016-2018



  • Application deadline: 29 February 2016


FCT and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China of the People´s Republic of China (MOST) hereby launch a call for joint project proposals from Portuguese and Chinese research teams, for the 2016-2018 period. This call falls within the framework of the Sino-Portuguese Agreement for Cooperation in Science and Technology (established in 1993).

The Sino-Portuguese Programme of Cooperation in Science and Technology facilitates bilateral cooperation between researchers of the two countries by way of exploratory visits, joint R&D projects, and seminars/workshops. The Ministry of Science and Technology of China of the People´s Republic of China (MOST) and FCT (Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal), are the agencies that implement the programme, in China and in Portugal, respectively.

The programme is open to scientists, engineers, and institutions involved in advanced research in the areas specified in each call, in China and Portugal. Proposals are selected by both parties. Funding is awarded for three years.

This call provides funding for mobility of researchers who are participants in the projects, and encompasses the following scientific areas:

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology
  • Materials Science, including Nanotechnology
  • Health Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Software and Computing Sciences
  • Energy, Ecology and Environment


Financial support available for the exchange visit component is as follows: the sending side provides economy/excursion return international airfare up to the relevant entry city of the host country as well as medical insurance. The receiving side arranges in-country travel of the visiting scientists by the appropriate means and provides local hospitality.

Funding for the second year is dependent on submission and approval of the technical/financial report (available form the FCT website). This report should be sent to the Department for International Relations, after completion of the first year exchange.


The inclusion of young researchers in the teams is mandatory. Non-compliance leads to exclusion of the application. Priority is given to new projects and/or new teams.


Joint project proposals must be submitted simultaneously by the Portuguese partners to FCT and by the Chinese researchers to MOST in the set format. Unilaterally submitted projects shall not be considered.

The completed project proposals must reach both the sides by 29 February 2016. These should include:

  • Application Form (available to download from the FCT website)
  • A signed statement from the host institution and department.

Chinese applicants should download the respective Application Forms and Guidelines from the MOST website.

The application form and a may be sent by e-mail to the FCT, in PDF format. No other documents will be accepted.


Proposals shall be evaluated according to the following criteria: scientific merit of the proposal; quality of the research teams involved in the proposal; degree of participation of young Portuguese researchers; suitability of the exchange of researchers to the proposed work plan.

All eligible proposals will be evaluated by both sides, and then jointly by the Joint Selection Committee, made up of members of FCT and of the MOST. Selected proposals will meet the joint interested of both institutions.

Não se aceitam anexos à candidatura com excepção das declarações institucionais exigidas.


Olga Dias

Departamento de Relações Internacionais
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, nº 126, 7º andar
1249–074 Lisboa

Telefone: (+351) 21 391 15 44
Fax: (+351) 21 395 72 84
Zhang Lengyang

Department of International Cooperation
Ministry of Science and Technology of the People´s Republic of China
15B, Fuxing Road
Beijing, 100862