Exploratory Research Projects 2017
In order to
identify and assess emerging key strategic areas for a potential third phase,
the Program has opened its fourth Call for Proposals in Phase II, this time for
Exploratory Research Projects (ERPs).
The ERPs aim at stimulating and promoting Portugal’s international
competitiveness and innovation capacity in science and technology, in ICT as
such, or as enabling technologies in application sectors. The analysis of the
societal, policy and managerial implications of ICT-enabled scientific and
technological breakthroughs naturally also fits within the scope of these
These projects are designed to
assist teams of researchers from Portuguese institutions, Carnegie Mellon
University and industry partners, to jumpstart high-impact potential research
activities of strategic relevance for the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program (CMU Portugal).
Therefore, they should be high-risk/high-reward and show promise and a strategy
for significant future expansion of project goals.
The ERPs call is open in the scope
of the CMU Portugal, funded by the Portuguese Fundação para
a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).
Areas of interest
The Program is seeking proposals in
the following areas:
1. Integrative research based in the context of the Atlantic International Research Center (AIR Center)
2. Data Science and Engineering;
3. Computer Science;
4. Electrical and Computer Engineering;
5. Applied Mathematics;
6. Technology, Management and Policy.
The projects will specifically be used to identify and assess emerging key strategic areas that could be considered in the design of a potential third phase for the Program. The submitted projects should preferably contribute to the scientific developments and objectives of the AIR Center, as stated in the document “Towards a Science and Technology agenda for an integrative approach to the Atlantic: Climate Change and Energy Systems, Space and Ocean Sciences, through North-South cooperation”, available on FCT’s website.
Duration and number of awards
The awards will be effective for projects lasting 12 calendar months or less. Depending on the quality of the proposals, 7 to 10 new awards are expected to be financed.
From the total funding, 700 thousand euros will be available to support resources and activities in Portuguese research institutions, and approximately 500 thousand dollars will be available to support complementary activities at Carnegie Mellon University.
The maximum budget for Portuguese research institutions in each project will be 100 thousand euros.
when to apply
Applications must be submitted online, from February 17,
2017 until April 12, 2017 at 5p.m. (Lisbon time), through
the FCT website.
For the submission of applications, please consult the
documentation related to this call, the Announcement, Terms of Reference and
The proposals must have research
consortia including at least:
- Two partner Portuguese research institutions from different entities as identified in section 2.4. One of them should belong to the category of Higher Education Institutions, their institutes and R&D units.
- One partner CMU faculty team.
In addition to the entities
mentioned above, the consortia may include other public or private entities,
for-profit or non-profit, that may also invest in the exploratory project and
that may bring relevant competencies to the project.
The evaluation will be carried out
by an international panel of independent reviewers.
Documents of the 2017 Call for ERPs:
Announcement of the Call by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
[Information on budgets applies only to Portugal Teams]
CMU Faculty Budget Process
Terms of Reference for the Exploratory Research Projects 2017
Guidelines for Exploratory Research Projects Proposals Writing
Guide for writing and submitting proposals for RS&TD projects
Guide for Peer Reviewers
Information on the scientific matters of the application
form can be obtained from: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For specific information related
to application submission, please contact projetosCMU@fct.pt.
The information on this page does not replace or
override any requirements set forth in the Regulations
or the Announcement of the Call for Proposals.