Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
The Foundation for Science and Technology (Portuguese: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia), FCT, is an organization within the Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior in Portugal which evaluates and funds scientific research activities, in particular in the areas of natural sciences, exact sciences, social sciences and humanities. FCT was founded in 1997, succeeding the Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (JNICT).
|Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Portugal|
|Parent agency||Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior|
- To establish Portugal as a global reference in science, technology and innovation
- Ensure that knowledge generated by scientific research is used fully, for economic growth and the well-being of all citizens
Research units funded by FCT
Most scientific research in Portugal takes place in R&D institutions financed and evaluated by FCT. As of 2019 there are 26 Associate Laboratories and 307 R&D Units, where 22 000 researchers work everyday. These institutions are regularly evaluated by FCT.