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FCT in 2018 - highlights of a year of accomplishments

2018 was a year of growth for Science and Technology (S&T) in Portugal, with the highest investment observed since 2010. The new S&T policies initiated in 2016 and 2017 have begun to achieve results, particularly in scientific employment, the connection to the productive fabric, with the creation of Collaborative Laboratories, and internationalization, particularly in the areas of health, digital and space and Earth observation. Studentships It was a year of intense activity, with the launch and operationalization of various evaluation and funding mechanisms, such as the new Calls for scientific employment, the operationalization of the transitional standard for scientific employment, the evaluation of R&D Units, the awarding of the CoLAB title, the contracting and funding of almost two thousand R&D projects in all areas as well as the launch, evaluation and start of contracting of the Call 2018 doctoral projects. 

With this in mind, FCT is publishing today a summary document of this activity, in which it informs the scientific community of its actions. Also released today is the Calendar of Calls for 2019, so that the community can better plan its research and the times of application submission. These two documents will be published annually, so that FCT's actions become increasingly transparent.