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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.

The Exploratory Research Projects (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 projects.

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. 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 Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, 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 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 Atlantic International Research Center (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.
How and when to apply
Applications must be submitted online, from February 15, 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 Guidelines.

Organizational Requirements
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.

Documents of the 2017 Call for ERPs:
Announcement of the Call by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (add direct link)

Terms of Reference for the Exploratory Research Projects 2017 (add link)

Guidelines for Exploratory Research Projects Proposals Writing (available soon)

Norms for grants in the framework of R&D projects or institutions

Guide for Peer Reviewers (add link)

Evaluation and selection criteria
The evaluation will be carried out by an international panel of independent reviewers.

The selection method and ranking of projects is based on a Project Merit Indicator using the following criteria, which are described in greater detail in the CMU Portugal 2017 Call for Proposals – Guide for Peer Reviewers and in the Terms of Reference for the Exploratory Research Projects Call for Proposals 2017 :

A. Scientific merit and innovative nature of the project, preferably within the scope of the priorities developed by the Atlantic International Research Center (AIR Center) initiative;
B. Scientific merit of the research team;
C. Feasibility of the plan of work and reasonableness of the budget;
D. Contribution to the body of knowledge and competence of the National Science and Technology System;
E. Potential economic value of the technology.


Information on the scientific matters of the application form can be obtained from:

For specific information related to application submission, please contact

The information on this page does not replace or override any requirements set forth in the Regulations (add link) or the Announcement of the Call for Proposals (add link) .

Call for the Exploratory Research Projects Proposals of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program (add link)