Petition demanding the call for applications 2013

ABIC is pro­mo­ting a pu­blic pe­ti­ti­on ad­dres­sed to the FCT de­man­ding the im­me­di­a­te ope­ning of 2013 PhD and Pos-Doc applications.

The un­der­sig­ned be­low can be found he­re:

“Science is in­se­pa­ra­ble from a po­pu­la­ti­ons’ eco­no­mic and so­ci­al de­ve­lop­ment, con­tri­bu­ting to job cre­a­ti­on, as well as to im­pro­ving the wel­fa­re of the po­pu­la­ti­on in ge­ne­ral. In the Portuguese ca­se, National Science po­li­ci­es ha­ve be­en built on the pre­ca­ri­ous con­di­ti­on of sci­en­ti­fic re­se­ar­chers and re­se­ar­ch grants. This re­a­lity has led thou­sands of grant hol­ders to se­ar­ch for work out­si­de Portugal or even aban­don Science for lack of sta­ble em­ploy­ment standards. 


In a si­tu­a­ti­on whe­re grant hol­ders ha­ve to ma­na­ge their li­ves in un­cer­tainty, the Fundação pa­ra a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) has de­ci­ded to con­duct an un­pre­ce­den­ted cut in the fi­nan­cing of re­se­ar­ch in Portugal. As su­ch, in ad­di­ti­on to the ra­di­cal re­duc­ti­ons for the Research Projects (over 75%), FCT will cut mo­re than 50% of the PhD grants at­tri­bu­ted in the na­ti­o­nal call for ap­pli­ca­ti­ons whi­le the se­ve­rity of Post-Doc grants cuts are still unknown.


Up un­til 2012, the FCT na­ti­o­nal call for ap­pli­ca­ti­ons for the PhD and Post-Doc grants had always oc­cur­red in the month of June, coin­ci­ding with most na­ti­o­nal and in­ter­na­ti­o­nal University ap­pli­ca­ti­ons pe­ri­od. The de­lay in laun­ching the new call for ap­pli­ca­ti­ons th­re­a­tens the de­a­dli­nes for the be­gin­ning of the grants with even­tu­al con­se­quen­ces for the con­ti­nuity of the re­se­ar­ch pro­jects, fee pay­ments, etc.


The ti­me has co­me to say, Enough! This FCT bo­ard do­es not ha­ve any va­lid re­a­sons to de­lay the ope­ning of the call for grants ap­pli­ca­ti­ons. The fo­cus of this ins­ti­tu­ti­on should be the dig­ni­fi­ed tre­at­ment of re­se­ar­chers. If it is una­ble to do so then it is not com­plying with its mis­si­on. FCT can­not con­ti­nue to be a bran­ch of the Finance Ministry and “eco­no­mi­cism” can­not con­ti­nue to be its only gui­ding line.


Therefore the un­der­sig­ned ci­ti­zens be­low demand:

  1. 1.The im­me­di­a­te ope­ning of the FCT’s na­ti­o­nal call for ap­pli­ca­ti­ons for PhD and Post-Doc grants;
  2. 2.That the num­ber of avai­la­ble in­di­vi­du­al grants is main­tai­ned or increased;
  3. 3.The non-in­clu­si­on, in the new call for ap­pli­ca­ti­ons re­gu­la­ti­on, of exclusion/​eliminating ru­les that may/​will? ar­ti­fi­ci­ally re­du­ce the num­ber of can­di­da­tes, when com­pa­red with pre­vi­ous years.
  4. 4.Grant hol­ders’ right to a work con­tract and to a mo­re dig­ni­fi­ed and sta­ble life.”