Since 2019, Portugal and the United Kingdom are even closer at the research level. On June 1, 2019, FCT signed a protocol with PARSUK - Association of Portuguese Researchers and Students in the UK, an entity created in 2008 to promote communication in the Portuguese community of researchers and students in the UK. This protocol, valid until 2022, aims to promote scientific diplomacy between the UK and Portugal and bring the scientific communities of the two countries closer together.
One of the first initiatives under this partnership is the Call Portugal-UK Bilateral Research Fund (BRF), which aims to establish and develop research links between universities and research institutes in the two countries. Applications are open until January 31, 2020 in all scientific fields, and Call provides funding of up to 3000 euros to support networking between institutions and people in the UK and Portugal. The project duration should be between 3 to 6 months, and may include multiple missions during this period. The amount awarded may also be used to cover costs associated with the research itself, such as laboratory consumables, software licenses, or assistance with data collection and analysis. Applicants must have a valid contractual affiliation with UK or Portuguese institutions for the duration of the project.