The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) opens today, 4 April, the period for submission of applications to the 6th edition of Call Estímulo ao Emprego Científico Individual (CEEC Individual), which will run until 8 May 2023, at 5:00 PM, Lisbon time. With the implementation of this Call it is expected that more than 400 doctoral researchers will be hired under the Scientific Employment Regulations (REC).
The CEEC Individual is one of the tools created by FCT in 2017, following the publication of Decree-Law no. 57/2016, to stimulate scientific and technological employment in all areas of knowledge, by financing the hiring of researchers. It consists of an annual call that directly supports the hiring of researchers with PhDs, in all scientific areas, who intend to carry out their scientific research or technological development activities in Portugal, in the institutions that integrate the National System of Science and Technology (SNCT).
CEEC Individual contracts have a duration of up to 6 years and, in this edition, are awarded according to three categories:
-Junior Researcher - PhD holders for 5 years or less, counted as of the closing date of the application submission period, with reduced post-doctoral research experience in the scientific area to which they are applying;
-Assistant Researcher - PhD holders for more than 5 and less than 12 years, inclusive, counted as of the closing date of the application submission period, with a relevant curriculum in the scientific area to which they are applying;
-Principal Researcher - PhD holders for more than 12 years, counted as of the closing date of the application submission period, with a relevant curriculum vitae in the scientific area to which they are applying, demonstrating some scientific independence in the last 3 years.
This Call also includes changes from previous editions to continue to strengthen more comprehensive and inclusive evaluation processes of the diversity of paths and contributions of national researchers. With the RESTART programme, FCT adopted a pilot initiative that includes a set of changes in the evaluation processes, that it intends to implement in the future. Integrated into this process, while considering the dimension of this Call, FCT sought to ensure continuity with previous CEEC Calls, also signalling the path it will adopt next year in the different funding instruments. It also included modifications within the framework of the current effort to simplify the procedures for submission and evaluation of applications.
In the five editions of the CEEC Individual already concluded, FCT awarded a total of 1900 contracts to PhD researchers, which will increase to 2300 after the conclusion of this new call, which is now beginning.
More information at the 6th edition of Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus (CEEC Individual) page.