Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program has €400 thousand to support Exploratory Projects in emerging areas of ICT

The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program has an Open Call for Exploratory Research Projects (ERPs), in strategic emerging areas, funded through the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). The applications deadline is July 30, 2019. The total investment available for Portuguese research institutions is up to €400 thousand, with an equivalent amount available for complementary research, at Carnegie Mellon University.

During the two first phases of the Program (2006-2017), seven research project funding calls have been opened and 55 research and development projects have been supported. While 2018 was a transition year for the Program with the start of the 3rd phase, it was an important year to define next steps and redefine a new strategy for the Program. Now in 2019, CMU Portugal launched two calls for projects: one in April for Large-Scale Collaborative Research Projects that closed  June 19th, followed by this current ERPs call.

ERPs are designed to assist teams of researchers from Portuguese institutions, Carnegie Mellon University and industry partners, to bootstrap high-impact potential research activities of strategic relevance for the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program. For this Call, the CMU Portugal is seeking proposals in the area of ICT, with a focus on the opportunities provided by the data economy as a driver for growth and change and can be submitted by:

  • Portuguese Higher Education Institutions, their institutes and R&D units;
  • State or international Laboratories with head office in Portugal;
  • Non-profit private institutions whose main objective is R&D activities;
  • Other non-profit private and public institutions developing or participating in scientific research activities

Depending on the quality and merit of the applications, it is expected that up to 8 projects will be supported, with the maximum funding for Portuguese research institutions for each project being €70.000,00 euros for consortia with more than one Portuguese research institution and 50.000,00 for consortium with a single research institution. The projects will have a maximum duration of 12 months.

The launch of this second call confirms the Program’s commitment in continuing to support research developed in Portugal and place the country in the forefront of Science and Innovation, by strengthening R&D collaborations between Portugal and the Carnegie Mellon University.  Applications must be submitted online through the FCT website until 5:00 pm GMT of July 30, 2019.

Information requests about his Call can be sent to:

More information about the projects here.
All about the Terms of the call here.