Six programme-contracts have been awarded to researchers at UCIBIO, in the scope of the 2015 FCT Investigator Programme: Cristina González, Cláudia Nunes Pinho, Fábio Fernandes, Filipa Marcelo, Hugo Santos e Maria Filomena Freitas.

The FCT Investigator Programme is centered on the researcher and his/her research project, creating conditions for the establishment of scientific leaders, by providing 5-year funding for the most talented and promising researchers, across all scientific areas and nationalities.

According to Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, in 2015, 1368 scientists applied for this programme, and a total of 200 researchers have been recommended for funding in all scientific areas, after two selection rounds. At UCIBIO, 3 researchers have been selected in Exact Sciences, 2 researchers in Engineering Technology, and 1 researcher in Biological Animal Sciences.

Established in 2012, the programme supports both outstanding post-doctoral researchers who wish to make the transition to independent researcher, and already independent researchers, with a proven track record, who wish to consolidate their research skills and establish leadership in their research fields. The main evaluation criterion is scientific excellence: of the applicant’s background, career and of the research proposal.