The Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) opens today, 4 April, the period for submission of applications to the 6th edition of Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus (CEEC Individual), which will run until 3 May 3, 2023, at 5:00pm, Lisbon time. It is expected that this call will lead to the recruitment of a total of 400 additional PhD researchers, under the Scientific Employment Regulation (REC).
The CEEC Individual is one of the tools created by FCT in 2017, following the publication of Decree-Law no. 57/2016, with the aim of stimulating scientific and technological employment in all areas of knowledge, through funding the hiring of researchers. It consists of an annual call that directly supports the hiring of researchers with doctoral degrees, in all scientific areas, who intend to carry out their scientific research or technological development activities in Portugal, in the institutions that integrate the National System of Science and Technology (SNCT).
CEEC Individual contracts have a duration of up to 6 years and, in this edition, are awarded according to three categories:
-Junior Researcher – PhD holders for 5 years or less, counted as of the closing date of the application submission period, with reduced post-doctoral research experience in the scientific area to which they are applying;
-Assistant Researcher – PhD holders for more than 5 and less than 12 years, inclusive, counted as of the closing date of the application submission period, with a relevant curriculum in the scientific area to which they are applying;
-Principal Researcher – PhD holders for more than 12 years, counted as of the closing date of the application submission period, with a relevant curriculum vitae in the scientific area to which they are applying, demonstrating some scientific independence in the last 3 years.
This call also includes changes in relation to previous editions in order to continue to strengthen evaluation processes that are more comprehensive and inclusive of the diversity of paths and contributions of national researchers. With the RESTART program, FCT adopted a pilot initiative that includes a set of changes in the evaluation processes, that it intends to implement in the future. Integrated in this process, and at the same time considering the dimension of this call, FCT sought to ensure continuity with previous CEEC calls, also signaling the path it will adopt next year in the different funding instruments. Changes were also included in the current effort to simplify the procedures for submission and evaluation of applications.
In the five editions of the CEEC Individual already concluded, FCT awarded a total of 1900 contracts to PhD researchers, which will increase to 2300 after the conclusion of this new call, which is now beginning.
More information at the 6th edition of Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus (CEEC Individual) page.