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Foundation for Science and Technology

Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education

Last update on 23-06-2015

The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), IP is the national public agency to support research in science, technology and innovation in all areas of knowledge. Under the Ministry of Education and Science, the FCT commenced operations in August 1997 succeeding the National Board of Scientific and Technological Research (JNICT). Since March 1, 2012, FCT succeeds the UMIC - Agency for the Knowledge Society, IP responsibility for coordinating public policies for the Information Society in Portugal. In an October 2013 the FCT assumed the powers of the Foundation for National Scientific Computing (FCCN).

The vision of the FCT is:
  • Portugal become an international benchmark in science, technology and innovation;
  • Ensure that the knowledge generated by scientific research is fully utilized for economic growth and citizens' well-being.