European Commission

Commission Representation in Portugal

EOSC-A Mandated Organisation

Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)

EOSC Steering Board representatives

João Nuno Ferreira, Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Scientific Computing Unit (FCCN)

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES) has been mandated to create an Inter-Ministerial Working Group for the purpose of implementing the National Policy for Open Science (PNCA) since 2016. Additionally, the National Digital Competences Initiative e.2030 (Portugal INCoDe.2030) was established in 2017 with the aim to stimulate the development of digital skills and produce new knowledge through international cooperation projects.  Recently, the National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures 2020 Update was published, summarising their development with detailed information on each of the research infrastructures, in accordance to those of the 2018 ESFRI roadmap where Portugal aims to engage with EOSC to enable open science, open innovation and digital transformation through the federation of national research infrastructures.

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Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)

FCT has been tasked with developing the Open Science agenda and, through FCCN, has been promoting EOSC within the scientific community, disseminating relevant information on the initiative, namely: available services, rules of participation, working groups, and open calls.

FCT, as an EOSC  mandated organisation, is covering important areas, such as:

  • Focusing on representation functions;
  • Assuming a role of the national contact point; 
  • Aggregating information coming from the EOSC-A and the European Commission, in order to support the national community;
  • Contributing to the implementation of EOSC partnership;
  • Coordinating and evaluating existing resources in the national structures and networks;
  • Connecting with competence centres;
  • Supporting the execution of activities/monitoring.

The EOSC national structure is not available yet planned, currently engaged by 1 Mandated Organisation (Foundation for Science and Technology - FCT) and 1 Member (University of Coimbra) of EOSC-A.  It is likely that FCT, as the major Research Funding Organisation, will be coordinating EOSC activities at national level by existing representatives in both the EOSC-A (João Mendes Moreira) and EOSC Steering Board (João Nuno Ferreira). The profile may include other initiatives, such as University of Coimbra leading Research Performing Organisations for research and dissemination, as well as Foundation for National Scientific Computing (FCCN) as the lead Service Provider for e-infrastructures.

Potential members would be those who have competencies in computing infrastructures, data infrastructures, network, training, AAI, EOSC integration services, and research infrastructures (mainly from the national roadmap).

For any further information, please contact: eosc@fccn.pt.


The Portuguese Government and the MCTES have defined as a priority the commitment of science to the Principles and Practices of Open Science.  Based on the Guiding Principles for Open Science published by the MCTES, the Council of Ministers approved a resolution with the guidelines for the National Open Science Policy (PNCA) and mandated the MCTES to create an inter-ministerial Working Group (WG-NOSP), including members from the national scientific and technological system. Under the WG-NOSP, subgroups cover four main areas: open access and open data, infrastructures and digital preservation, scientific evaluation, and social scientific responsibility.

More recently, the Decree Law n. 63/2019 defined that R&D institutions should contribute to Open Science, in accordance with international best practices, ensuring free and open public access to scientific knowledge and promoting engagement and interaction with society.

In 2014, FCT adopted a policy on Open Access to publications, in line with European Commission recommendations. Recently, FCT joined cOAlition-S and is implementing Plan S. Therefore, will update and review the policy in accordance. 

A policy on Open and FAIR data is expected to come into force soon and a national data strategy is also under preparation.

Best practices

FCT has been actively implementing Open Access strategies, namely by supporting the national Open Access initiative RCAAP (Scientific Open Access Repositories of Portugal), adopting a policy on Open Access to publications, supporting Open Access publishing platforms and also implementing Plan S.

FCT encourages researchers to make data available from R&D projects that are publicly funded in appropriate Open Access databases, whenever possible. A data policy is expected to come into force very soon, aligned with the FAIR principles and making a reference to EOSC. Additionally, infrastructures and services are being made available to the community, in order to ensure research data management best practices, as well as compliance with the policy requirements. These include a service for data management plans and a service for a long tail data repository.

PTCRIS, the Portuguese Current Research Information System, a programme initiated by FCCN, has been promoting the integration of the science management systems of the various entities that operate in the national academic-scientific ecosystem. To this end, PTCRIS has been assuming a key role in the PIDs area. A DOI national service has been implemented, aiming to increase the use of PIDs in the national ecosystem.

In brief, there is a focus on the creation of e-infrastructures that are transversal to the different scientific domains, covering advanced computing, network, and data. There has also been an effort to converge with EOSC in the community adoption of FAIR data principles, PID’s policies, metrics and certifications, and promotion of interoperability between systems (AAI, metadata, protocols, ontologies, etc.).

EOSC Association Members and Observers

Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)

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