Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) started its operations in August 1997. It succeeds Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (JNICT). Any pre 1997 references on this site are likely to refer to JNICT.
The mission of FCT consists in continuously promoting the advancement of scientific and technological knowledge in Portugal, exploring opportunities that become available in any scientific or technological domain to attain the highest international standards in the creation of knowledge, and to stimulate their diffusion and contribution to improve education, health, environment, and the quality of life and well being of the general public.
This mission is mainly accomplished through the funding, subsequent to the evaluation of the merit, of proposals presented by institutions, research teams or individuals in public open calls, and also through cooperation agreements and other forms of support in partnership with universities and other public or private institutions, in Portugal and abroad.
The results of the activities of FCT are, in essence, the additional contributions of individuals, research groups and institutions who have been awarded financing.
Funding in industrial biotechnology
FCT’s research programme supports competitive research activities that for evaluation and management purposes are sub-grouped in thematic areas. Research on industrial biotechnology is considered under the following themes: “Chemistry and Biochemistry”, “Agronomic and forestry sciences”, “Chemistry engineering and biotechnology” as well as in the Bio-Engineering MIT-Portugal programme. There is no earmarked budget for industrial biotechnology research.

Current and future national calls that include Industrial Biotechnology

Deadline for application within the FCT programme has been in February 2009; there is no open call at the moment within this program.