The support to the internationalization of the National Scientific and Technological System lies, in the framework of the current FCT structures, with the International Relations Department. That includes the support to the participation of the scientific community in Multilateral Programmes and Scientific Networks, in International Organizations, as well as in joint projects or undertakings, part of scientific and technological cooperation agreements or bilateral agreements between Portugal and other countries and institutions.
FCT supplies information, supports and follows the participation of the scientific and technological community in some of the programs of the European Union in Science and Technology. It collects and disseminates the information needed to purseu those programs.
FCT is a member or represents Portugal in several Multilateral Programmes and Scientific Networks dedicated to transnational cooperation:
FCT supports and follows the participation of the scientific and technological community in the international organizations of which Portugal is a member. The resulting benefits for the scientific community include the access of national teams to international scientific infrastrucutes, increased industry competitiveness, access to training programmes and calls for scientific or manegement positions in international organizations.
FCT also takes care of the national representation in the management bodies of international organizations and promotes and follows the application process to these organizations.
Portugal is a member of Global
Biodiversity Information Facility whose mission is to
standardize, digitize and globally distribute, in a suitable property
rights framework, data relative to world biodiversity, for the benefit
of science and society.
More information available on the portal of the Portuguese Node for GBIF – www.gbif.pt
FCT is a partner in a transnational cooperation programme between funding institutions and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Polymers Division which includes a pilot call.
FCT supports the Portuguese participation in joint projects with institutions from other countries in the framework of scientific or cultural agreements. This also includes scientific and technological cooperation with the CPLP countries.
Report Model to be sent at the end of each year.
A Portuguese initiative for the creation of a UNESCO center for the sciences in the CPLP framework.
One of the missions of FCT is to foster the creation of international partnerships between Portuguese science and university institutions and world wide leader institutions of the same type.