Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia - FRCT

The Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT) is a body tutored by the Regional Government of the Azores, under the Regional Secretariat of Sea, Science and Technology (SRMCT), that coordinates and manages resources available for scientific research and technological development from Regional, European and International programs. FRCT aims to promote the Azores’ Science, Technology and Innovation Excellence, by coordinating and developing the necessary actions for its internationalization, such as:

• Fund Research Grants & Fellowships

• Participate in R&D+I Projects under external financing programmes;

• Facilitate and support the Azores Science and Technological System (SCTA) to increase the Regional performance in the European R&I Framework Programmes;

• Promote seminars, conferences, workshops and other similar activities in the field of science and technology and the information and knowledge society.

Contact detail

  • Contact person

    Gisela Nascimento

  • Brussels Office Address

    Rond-Point Robert Schuman 14
    1040 Brussels

Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia - FRCT

S3 Strategy

The RIS3 AÇORES is based on the endogenous competitive advantages facing the international specialization, covering three thematic areas Agriculture Livestock and Agribusiness; Fisheries and Sea and Tourism. Currently, RIS 3 AÇORES have been the focus of review and evaluation in order to prepare the new financing program period 2021-2027. Following the S3 approach as “economic transformation agenda”, RIS 3 Açores mobilized the main stakeholders to promote the existing resources looking for a definition of future vison on regional specialization assets. In this context, the RIS 3 Açores priorities are framed on sustainable development goals (SDG’s) and adapted to the new regional context. The new RIS3 Açores maintains the existing core priorities integrating now the “Land Space Interactions” due to the Azores importance in the European Space Agenda. Moreover, the new RIS 3 Açores performances its specialization supported by transversal areas namely: Land, resources and Circular Economy; Environment, Clima and biogeodiversity; Digital Technologies and Transformation; Quality of Life and Societal Challenges and Geoestrategy and Atlantic Dynamics.

Strategic R&I Projects


This project aims to propose Maritime Spatial Planning schemes in the three Outermost Regions of the Macaronesia – Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands, in line with the EU Directive on MSP (2014/89/EU), according to an Ecosystem-Based Approach.


MISTIC SEAS 2 aims to implement the common monitoring programs designed in MISTIC SEAS and reinforce regionally coherent, coordinated and consistent updates of the determinations of GES, as well as to prepare the next steps for 2nd cycle of the MSFD.


MOVE- Facilitating MAES to support regional policy in OVerseas Europe: mobilizing stakeholders and pooling resources. The project intends to involve policy makers, researchers and the civil society in the development of methodologies for mapping and assessing the state of ecosystems and their services in ORs and OCTs.


LIVERUR ( Living Lab Research Concept in Rural Areas) aims at expanding an extremely innovative business model called Living Labs among the rural regions.


The FORWARD (Fostering research excellence in EU Outermost Regions) project aims to reinforce the visibility and recognition of I&I’s capacities and expertise and promote the excellence in research and innovation potential in the outermost regions (ORS).