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Luísa Ferreira / MCTES

Transnational Cooperation

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.

European Union Programmes

7th Framework Programme

7th Framework Programme

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.

Multilateral Programmes and Scientific Networks

FCT is a member or represents Portugal in several Multilateral Programmes and Scientific Networks dedicated to transnational cooperation:

  • COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology.
  • CYTED, Programa Ibero Americano de Ciência e Tecnologia para o Desenvolvimento.

International Organizations

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.

  • CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research.
  • EMBC, European Molecular Biology Conference.

    Related Organizations:

  • ESA, European Space Agency.
  • ES0, European Southern Observatory.
  • ESRF, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility.
  • IAEA, International Atomic Energy Agency
  • GBIF

    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 –


    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.

  • EurOcean, European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology.
  • NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (SPS Programme)
  • OECD, Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.
  • UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Bilateral Cooperation

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.

You can also consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as well as Calendar and News concerning Bilateral Agreements.

Report Model to be sent at the end of each year.

Cultural Agreements with Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Greece, Ireland, Luxemburg, Mexico and Romania. Cultural agreements share a common call announcement.

Programme for Cooperation in Science & Technology between MCTES and the Ismaili Imamat

Initiatives within the framework of the Protocol for Cooperation in Science and Technology between the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES) and the Ismaili Imamat, signed on the 12th May 2016.

Programme for Cooperation in Science & Technology between FCT and “la Caixa” Foundation

Implementation of the Iberian Biomedical Research and Innovation Initiative, i4b

Global Science Programme

A Portuguese initiative for the creation of a UNESCO center for the sciences in the CPLP framework.

International Partnerships

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.

European S&T Policy

  • EUROHORCs, European association of the heads of research funding and research performing organisations.
  • ESFRI, European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures.


  • euroCRIS, Current Research Information Systems.
  • ICSTI, International Council for Scientific and Technical Information.
  • ScienTI