FCiências.ID – Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Ciências (FC.ID), is a Non-Profit Private Association, endowed with legal personality. It was created in 2017 as a common initiative of Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL) – a Higher Education institution – and 6 private companies, in order to support, potentiate and develop Research and Development (R&D) and innovation activities of its seven associates, while, simultaneously enhancing FCUL strategic partnerships with market and services companies, therefore creating a more challenging environment for research and innovation. FCiências.ID is the legal representative of 20 research centres, in several scientific fields.
In this project, CENTRA-SIM research group is the one that is technically executing this project. The CENTRA SIM team operates in a highly international environment. Our activities include instrument building, data analysis and processing, and scientific exploitation. We have expertise in superconducting detectors, optical/near-infrared cryogenic instrumentation development, image and data processing, and galactic astrophysics. We also host the Portuguese VLTI Expertise Centre.
FCiências.ID responsibilities are related to the administrative, financial and scientific management of the research centres R&D projects, and also to perform research work. Many of these R&D activities are developed together with international teams and are funded both at National and European levels. Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL), based on a third-party agreement, acts as a third party of FC.ID carrying out its own share of work, notwithstanding the full responsibility of FC.ID for the contracted scientific and technical work under specific R&D projects.
At the European level, FC.ID is currently managing 6 FP7 projects, 30 H2020 projects, including 3 projects coordinated by FC.ID and 2 ERC Grants, and one COST Action as Grant Holder.