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Call for the Early Bird Projects of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Programme - 2013

Announcement of the Call (Read here)

Purpose and Overview

The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Programme is an education, research, and innovation platform that connects Portuguese research institutions, universities and companies in cooperation with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The partnership was launched in 2006, and renewed in 2012 for five more years, to create new knowledge in key focused areas of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) by means of cutting-edge research, world-class graduate education, and a close connection with Portuguese industry, aiming at placing Portugal at the forefront of science and innovation. In order to support the emergence of new high-impact initiatives within its scope, the Program is establishing a line of funding for Early Bird Projects.

Early Bird Projects are designed to assist small teams of researchers from Portuguese institutions, Carnegie Mellon University and industry partners, to jumpstart high-impact potential activities of strategic relevance for the Programme.

What’s included

Only resources and activities in Portuguese research institutions will be funded by this call. The participating researchers from Carnegie Mellon University may be funded by the Information and Communication Technologies Institute (ICTI), at Carnegie Mellon University.

The maximum budget for Portuguese research institutions in each project will be €30,000.00.

Five to ten new awards are expected to be funded, with a maximum duration of 18 months. Priority will be given to projects lasting 12 calendar months or less.


Researchers and research teams from the following organisations may apply for funding: higher education institutions and associated research centres; Associated Laboratories; State Laboratories; private non-profit institutions (dedicated to R&D), and other public or private, non-profit organisations that carry out scientific research.

How and when to apply

Applications should be submitted online between 7 November and 5pm (Lisbon time), 18 December 2013.

Applicants are advised to read the Latest Application Guide, the Guidelines for Early Bird Projects Proposals Writing, the Terms of Reference for the Early Bird Projects Call for Proposals and the Regulations, before submitting an application.


Submitted proposals shall be evaluated by international review panels. Each proposal shall be evaluated on its merit across five evaluation criteria:

  1. Scientific merit and innovative nature of the project from an international standpoint;
  2. Scientific merit of the research team;
  3. Feasibility of the plan of work and reasonableness of the budget;
  4. Contribution to the body of knowledge and competence of the National Science and Technology System;
  5. Potential economic value of the technology.

Further information on the evaluation process is available in the Guide for Peer Reviewers.


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The information on this page does not replace or override any requirements set forth in the Regulations or the Announcement of the Call for Proposals.