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Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
2017 Call for Exploratory Proposals

Announcement of the Call (Read here)



  • Application deadline: from February 17th, 2017 until April 12th, 2017 at 17:00 (Lisbon time)

Purpose and Overview

In order to identify and assess emerging key strategic areas for a potential third phase, is opened within the scope of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program (CMU Portugal), the fourth Call for Proposals in Phase II, this time for Exploratory Research 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. The proposals should be high-risk/high-reward and show promise and a strategy for significant future expansion of project goals.

In the scope of this Call, 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”.

For this Call, 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.

What’s included

7 to 10 new awards are expected to be financed. The total funding of € 700,000.00 will be available to support resources and activities in Portuguese research institutions, and the maximum budget for Portuguese research institutions in each project will be € 100,000.00. Approximately $ 500,000.00 will be available to support complementary activities at Carnegie Mellon University. The participating researchers from Carnegie Mellon University may be funded by ICTI, at Carnegie Mellon University. The proposals will have a maximum duration of 12 months.
FCT will support the projects with national funds through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.


Only the following entities are eligible to receive funding from FCT through the present Call for Proposals: Higher Education Institutions, their institutes and R&D units; State or international Laboratories with head office in Portugal; non-profit private institutions whose main objective is R&D activities; other non-profit private and public institutions developing or participating in scientific research activities.

The submitted proposals must include:

  • “Projects in co-operation” carried out in consortia, in accordance with the established in point b) of item 1 of article 4 of FCT’s Project Regulations, with a participation of at least two partner Portuguese research institutions from different entities as identified in section 2. One of them should belong to the category of Higher Education Institutions, their institutes and R&D units.;
  • One partner CMU faculty team.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted to FCT, in English, using a specific on-line form, through the FCT website. Applications must be submitted between February 17 and 5pm (Lisbon time) of April 12, 2017.

Before submitting a proposal, applicants are advised to read the documentation related to this call: the Announcement of the Call, the Guidelines for Exploratory Research Projects Proposals Writing, the Terms of Reference for the Exploratory Research Projects Call for Proposals 2017 and the Guide for writing and submitting proposals for RS&TD projects.


The selection and ranking of the applications will be as described at 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.

The evaluation will be carried out by an international panel of independent reviewers. Each proposal shall be evaluated on its merit across five evaluation criteria:

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.


For inquiries of a scientific nature, please contact the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program at

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 Regulamento de Projetos FCT e no Announcement of the Call for Proposals.