Open Call | UT Austin Portugal Program will provide €400K to finance new exploratory research projects

The Program will support eight ground-breaking research projects across Advanced Computing, Medical Physics, Nanomaterials for New Markets and Space-Earth Interactions. More specifically, the Program will provide € 400K to finance Portuguese research institutions teaming up with UT Austin counterparts. The period for the submission of applications closes on November 17.

The Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) is running a call to fund a new batch of Exploratory Research Projects within the scope of the UT Austin Portugal Program.

Like in previous editions, the main goal of this competitive solicitation is to support joint research initiatives between teams from non-enterprise research-performing entities in Portugal and the University of Texas at Austin. “We are looking for disruptive, high-risk scientific projects with a high potential for progress and impact”, says Andreia Passos, Executive Director of the UT Austin Portugal Program. “Since the onset of Phase III, the Program has already awarded seed funding to sixteen ERPs, with eight more due to soon be added to our research portfolio with promising results for application domains as diverse as health or energy. Often these projects work as a stepping stone to longer-term research, with the potential to leverage additional funding outside of the Program; in some cases, they also represent an opportunity for younger talented researchers to become PIs of international projects,” adds the Executive Director.

Eligible projects, whose work plans must be rooted in one of the four scientific areas of the Program and not exceed 12 months, will be assessed by an independent international panel appointed by FCT. Selected teams in Portugal will benefit from national funding via the FCT budget, whereas the Program’s funds at UT Austin will ensure the participation of UT faculty and researchers. The Program’s Executive Team is available to help researchers bridge with their potential counterparts in this Call. More information can be found here.