Foundation for Science and Technology supports 630 new projects with €74.8 million – The Observer

Foundation for Science and Technology supports 630 new projects with €74.8 million - The Observer

A total of 74.8 million euros will be funded for 630 new science projects under a competition launched by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), the provisional results of which were released on Wednesday.

The FCT-funded projects were selected within the scope of this year’s R&D project competition across all scientific fields. 15.4% success rate.

Compared to 2021, 2022 has 79 projects recommended For financing, after evaluation, a slightly lower total amount, in the order of less than 100 thousand euros.

Results published more than four months after the deadline for submitting applications, candidates – in this case scientific institutions – can compete in a preliminary hearing.

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will support Two categories of projects: 225 projects with a maximum duration of three years, with a maximum funding of 250 thousand euros each, and 405 so-called exploratory projects with a duration of one and a half years and a maximum funding of 50 thousand euros.

The science fields with the most selected projects are medical and health sciences, engineering sciences and technologies, and natural sciences.

Researchers are leading approved projects Mostly women (55.7%) and a part (11.3%) are foreigners, 22 nationalities, who work in laboratories in Portugal and coordinate 71 funded works, according to a note published on the FCT portal.

4,093 applications received were evaluated – Out of a total of 4,101 deliveries – 557 international experts considered “the scientific merit and innovative character of the project, the scientific merit of the research team, the feasibility of the work program and the contribution to the accumulation of knowledge. Skills “.

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The FCT adds that the 630 new projects approved will join the 2,301 projects currently being implemented.

A call for funding for scientific research and technology development projects in all scientific fields is held annually.

The Foundation for Science and Technology is the main government-dependent organization subsidizing scientific research in Portugal.

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