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Call for the Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program - 2014

Purpose and Overview

Phase II of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), emphasizes advanced education and research that can lead to significant entrepreneurial impact. The activities of the programme are for the most part configured in Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs).

ERIs are projects in science, engineering, management and policy that integrate activities in research, innovation, advanced education and training, with industry collaboration and emphasis on the commercialisation of technology for real world impact.

The mission of the ERIs is to stimulate and promote Portuguese innovation in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), by acting as international innovation engines, embedded in global knowledge and business networks, to train creative innovators, generate new ideas, and translate them into products, processes and services.

What's included

Four to seven Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives are expected to be funded. The maximum budget for Portuguese research institutions in each project will be €650,000.00. Funded ERIs will have a maximum duration of 48 months.


Researchers and research teams from the following organisations may apply for funding: higher education institutions and associated research centres; Associated Laboratories; State Laboratories; private non-profit institutions (dedicated to R&D), and other public or private, non-profit organisations that carry out scientific research.

How and when to apply

Applications should be submitted online between October 15 and 5pm (Lisbon time), 16 December 2014.

Applicants are advised to read the latest Application Guide, the Guidelines for Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives Proposals Writing, the Terms of Reference for the Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives Call for Proposals, the Guide for Peer Reviewers and the Regulations before submitting an application.


Submitted proposals shall be evaluated by international review panels. Each proposal shall be evaluated on its merit across five evaluation criteria:

  • Scientific merit and innovative nature of the project from an international standpoint;
  • Scientific merit of the research team;
  • Feasibility of the plan of work and reasonableness of the budget;
  • Contribution to the body of knowledge and competence of the National Science and Technology System;
  • Potential economic value of the technology.


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