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CMU Portugal has a new call to bootstrap new Exploratory projects in ICT

The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program has an Open Call from October 11th, 2022 through November 17th, 2022 for Exploratory Research Projects (ERPs) in strategic emerging areas of ICT, funded through the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). This is the third Call for ERPs since the Program started its 3rd phase in 2018. ERPs are an initiative focused on bootstrapping high-impact potential research activities between Portuguese Institutions and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

Under this Call, CMU Portugal is seeking proposals in the broad area of ICT, targeting the opportunities provided by the data economy as a driver for growth and change, including:

  • Data Science and Engineering;
  • Engineering and Public Policy;
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Language Technologies, Data Analytics, and Cloud & Edge Computing;
  • Autonomy and Mobility;
  • Design in a Variety of Societal Settings and Applications such as tourism, logistics or creative industries.

ERPs are one-year projects designed to assist teams of researchers from Portuguese institutions, CMU and industry partners, to bootstrap high-impact potential research activities of strategic relevance for the Program. All submitted proposals must include one or more Portuguese research institutions and one partner CMU faculty team.

The total investment available for Portuguese research institutions is up to €400 thousand euros and researchers at Carnegie Mellon will be funded independently, at a similar level of the Portuguese team by the CMU Portugal Program at CMU.

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. This typology of projects is planned for a maximum duration of 12 months, starting in 2023.

All about the Terms of the call here and at FCT website.

Previous ERP Calls (2019 and 2021)

The 2019 and 2021 Calls for Exploratory Projects featured a total of 71 applications, 13 of which were recommended for funding by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia under the scope of the CMU Portugal Program. These 13 projects were led at 15 Portuguese research units from all over the country in collaboration with 7 different departments at Carnegie Mellon University.

All selected projects have an ICT basis, however the research areas and subjects as diverse as: data science applied to healthcare, the creation of satellites (PocketQube), human-robot interaction, traffic supervision for Cybercrime Investigation, applied artificial intelligence for customizable robotic exoskins, among others.

More information about the previous ERP projects here.

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