This Thursday, the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education set a goal of giving half of doctoral scholarships to company-based researchers by 2027.
“The goal is to integrate doctoral students into a non-academic context, facilitating the transfer of knowledge and the stability of the work of researchers after receiving a doctoral degree, and that by 2027, doctoral fellowships in non-academic environments will account for at least 50% of all new fellowships awarded.stated.
Elvira Fortunato spoke at the opening session organized by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), which took place at the Teatro Thalia in Lisbon. in commemoration of World Science Day🇧🇷
While stating that the government wants “the science system to be close and effectively linked to the business system”, the minister recalled some of the measures envisaged in the proposed state budget for 2023 (OE2023).
From the outset, starting next year, the provision of doctoral fellowships to researchers who do their work in companies, support that was no longer provided six years ago, should be resumed.
“Today, Portugal has a number of new doctorates close to the European average, but the number of doctorates “per capita” is still well below the European average. In particular, the share of doctoral students in companies continues to be relatively modest, around 8%, even knowing that the non-academic fabric has a lot to gain,” he said.
As for PhDs, SO2023, which will be voted on Friday, also provides for the establishment of a regime for the recruitment of research scientists with doctoral degrees in companies.🇧🇷
According to Elvira Fortunato, through partnerships with private sector and public administration organizations, the government intends to “create high-quality jobs and promote the integration of doctoral degrees into the labor market, helping to reduce instability.”
The Science Employment Incentives Act, passed in 2017, provides for the employment of PhDs for a fixed term of no more than six years.
Recruitment of researchers is funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) through two competitions: one for which scientists can apply individually, and another open to scientific institutions such as laboratories or universities.
Companies can also participate in the competition, provided that their activities are “recognized as being of scientific or technological interest” or the companies are “awarded the title of a collaborator”.
Prime Minister António Costa also delivered a speech at the opening of the session, focusing on higher education. The closure was handled by the Minister of Economy and the Sea, António Costa Silva, and the Minister of National Defense, Helena Carreiras, was also present.
World Science Day is celebrated this Thursday, at the same time as National Science Culture Day.