FCT announced the final results of the 2nd edition of the Individual CEEC after a prior hearing. The process of Call was concluded with the total allocation of 308 employment contracts to doctoral researchers. This means that 8 more contracts will be awarded than those that were foreseen in the launching of Call.
At the end of November, FCT presented the results of the evaluation of the applications and, in May 2020, decided to start signing the first 300 employment contracts with the researchers proposed for funding, before the analysis process of the comments submitted in prior hearings was concluded, with the commitment to add the contracts that will be selected after the evaluation of the prior hearings. In this way, the researchers were able to start their contracts and work plans at the host institutions, without having to wait for the results after the prior hearing. As a result of the prior hearing, 8 new contracts were selected for funding, which FCT will now send to the contracting institutions.
These 308 contracts are distributed among the four contract categories of Call: 162 Junior Researcher contracts, 108 Auxiliary Researcher contracts, 37 Principal Researcher contracts and 1 Coordinating Researcher contract. And they are distributed among six major scientific areas: 99 contracts in Natural Sciences, 58 in Engineering and Technology, 51 in Humanities and Arts, 46 in Social Sciences, 34 in Health and Medical Sciences and 20 in Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences.
Of the 308 researchers selected, 51% are women. The results indicate that Portugal is more attractive on the international scene, with researchers of foreign nationality representing 31% of all candidates selected for contracts, compared to 25% in the previous Call . The foreign countries most represented by selected researchers are Spain (23 researchers), Italy (18), France (10) and Germany (9).
The Individual CEEC is one of the funding instruments for hiring researchers defined by the Scientific Employment Regulation, launched in 2017 by FCT, following the publication of Decree-Law No. 57/2016.