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Opening of applications for the 2nd edition of the RESTART Programme

News 2nd Edition RESTART Programme

The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) opens today, April 9 at 5pm, the applications for the 2nd edition of the RESTART Programme. With an estimated budget of €1.6 million, this program promotes the funding, at Call , of individual projects for a maximum amount of 50,000 euros, with an implementation period of 18 months. Applications will be open until May 14.

RESTART Programme is aimed at researchers who have recently taken parental leave, including adoption leave. It also covers, with specific eligibility conditions, shared parental leave and researchers holding a contract with Studentship.

This program is designed to support a competitive return to research activities after parental leave, seeking to minimize the impact of parenthood on the career horizons and research path planning of female researchers. It aims to promote gender equality and equal opportunities in R&D activities and careers and family-career balance, with particular emphasis on female researchers working in national institutions. It supports researchers in the pursuit and development of an original and innovative research idea, with the possibility of associating other human and/or material resources to it, in accordance with the funding made available and the planned execution time.

With the commitment of the host institution, national, foreign and stateless researchers who cumulatively meet the following requirements may apply: (i) hold a doctoral degree; (ii) be an integrated doctoral member of an R&D unit, or have a contractual relationship with a State laboratory; (iii) have benefited from parental leave, including adoption leave, of 120 days or more, or shared parental leave, including adoption leave, of 72 days or more, between February 16, 2023, inclusive, and the start date of the application submission period. By defining this eligibility period, sequential to the same period in the 1st edition, the FCT is ensuring continuity and that there is no gap between the two editions.

For more information, see the 2nd edition page of RESTART Programme and the respective Notice of the Call .