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Transnational Cooperation

QuantERA: ERA-NET Cofund in Quantum Technologies

FCT is a member of the ERA-NET Cofund QuantERA II, supporting international research projects in the field of Quantum Technologies. The QuantERA consortium include 32 national and regional research funding organizations from 27 countries.


Pre-Announcement: Please consult the QuantERA webpage
March 2021: Launching of the QuantERA Cofund Call 2021

Please check this webpage regularly to follow-up the process and for updates.

Second QuantERA Call for Proposals (Closed)

QuantERA has announced its 2019 call for proposals in the area of Quantum Technologies. The consortia should have between 3 and 6 partners from different countries involved in the call. The two-stage evaluation will be performed by an international panel of experts.

Call topics

The topics included in the first QuantERA call are:

  • Quantum communication
  • Quantum simulation
  • Quantum computation
  • Quantum information sciences
  • Quantum metrology sensing and imaging

PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES (List still being updated)

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

How to apply

  • The call will have only one submission stage, until de 18th of February 2019. Candidates must submit a short and a full proposal simultaneously. The evaluation by the independent expert panel will be performed in two stages: during the first stage, only the short proposals will be assessed; in the second stage, the panel will evaluate the full proposals of the applications approved in the first stage.
  • The proposals must include 3 partners from 3 different countries involved in the call, as described in the call text;
  • The proposals will go through two elegibility checks: one at international level, according to the general eligibility criteria published in the call text; and another at national level, according the the rules of each funding agency. Partners that are considered non-eligible may lead to the rejection of the whole consortium.;
  • Every applicant is strongly advised to contact its National Contact Point before submitting the pre-proposal;
  • Proposals are submitted electronically, in a platform that will become available at;
  • Portuguese participation will be regulated by the Regulation on Projects Funded Solely by National Funds.
  • Every Portuguese applicant (Partners and/or Coordinators) must send the National Contact Point a digital copy of the Statement of Commitment duly stamped and signed by the Principal Investigator and by the legal representative of the institution, up to 10 days after the submission of the pre-proposal. FCT may ask for the original version of this document at a later stage.


  • National commitment for the call: 250.000 €
  • Maximum national funding for a proposal coordinated by a Portuguese partner:250.000 €
  • Maximum national funding for a proposal where PT applicants are only partners: 150.000 €

Note: If there are several PT applicants in a consortium, the funding limit per proposal must still be respected, and the amount shared among them. The time dedicated (FTI) to international collaborative projects is not taken into account when calculating the 100 % (FTI) limit in national research projects.


National Contact Points

Rui Durão
Tel: (351) 213 911 532

Marta Abrantes
Tel: (351) 213 911 596

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126 - 7º
1249 – 074 LISBOA