The mission of the FCT is continuously promoting the advancement of scientific and technological knowledge in Portugal, achieving the highest international standards of quality and competitiveness in all scientific and technological fields, and to promote their dissemination and contribution to society and the productive fabric.
FCT pursues its mission through the award in contests with peer review, grants and contracts to researchers, funding research and development projects, support for competitive research centers and cutting-edge research infrastructure. FCT ensures the participation of Portugal in international scientific organizations, promotes the participation of the national scientific community in international projects and promotes knowledge transfer between research centers and industry. In close collaboration with international organizations, FCT coordinates public policy for the Information Society and Knowledge in Portugal. FCT also ensures the development of national means of scientific computing, promoting the installation and use of media and advanced services and their networking.
The results of the FCT activity are, ultimately, the additional contributions of individuals, research groups and institutions it funds.