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International Cooperation

FCT supports the internationalization of the National Science and Technology System. As such, the Department for International Relations is responsible for:

  • Ensuring the representation of FCT and Portugal in the relevant research and innovation forums of the European Union and the European Research Area;
  • Preparing the Portuguese participation in the Competitiveness Councils of the European Union and the follow-up on subjects of research and innovation with the European Commission;
  • Ensuring the representation of FCT and Portugal in relevant international science and technology policy forums and in international research and innovation cooperation organizations;
  • Proposing, negotiating and operationalizing bilateral and multilateral agreements, instruments and initiatives for international cooperation in research and innovation at European and extra-European level;
  • Supporting the participation of the scientific community in: a) international organizations; b) multilateral programs and scientific networks; c) joint projects or initiatives integrated in scientific and technological cooperation agreements; and d) bilateral agreements of science and technology between Portugal and other countries or institutions.