The Portuguese participation in the H2020 European Programme and the perspetives for the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – FP9, were some of the topics approached in the session that brought together Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner, Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Paulo Ferrão, President of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and Alexandre Quintanilha, President of the Parliamentary Commission for Education and Science.
The event was held on February 20, at IST Congress Centre (auditorium), and was organised by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and the Portuguese National Innovation Agency (ANI). Portugal coordinates 258 EU projects, involving a consortia of scientific institutions and companies from several countries.
H2020 Programme allocated 63% of the total financing volume to Portuguese Scientific and Technological institutions. Universidade de Lisboa is leading the list of funded projects amounting around EUR 65 million. In the light of these figures, Carlos Moedas noted that Portugal “has a growing capacity to attract and participate in EU research projects”. The Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education noted that Portugal “registered a 13,4% success rate in submitted projects, while the European average rate is 12,6%”.