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Primeira avaliação dos Centros Académicos Clínicos

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A FCT prolongou até 11 de abril de 2022 o prazo para a apresentação de candidaturas à primeira avaliação externa e internacional dos Centros Académicos Clínicos (CAC), que estão abertas desde o passado dia 10 de janeiro. Este processo de avaliação tem em vista garantir a implementação das melhores práticas internacionais no desenvolvimento da atividade conjunta dos seus membros. A dotação orçamental afeta a este primeiro programa de avaliação e financiamento é de 1,8 milhões de euros, tendo como limite o valor de 200 mil euros a atribuir a cada CAC.

The external evaluation of the CACs is coordinated by the FCT, which has delegated the evaluation process to the Agency for Clinical Research and Biomedical Innovation (AICIB) in conjunction with the Central Administration of the Health System, I.P. (ACSS), in close coordination with the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES), Directorate General of Health (DGS) and after hearing the National Council of Clinical Academic Centres (CNCAC).

The CACs are made up of healthcare units, research and development (R&D) units and organic units of higher education institutions, with evaluation and multi-annual funding oriented towards joint activities and close collaboration between all the members of each CAC.

There are currently nine CACs in operation in Portugal, two in Lisbon and Porto, and one each in Coimbra, Braga, Covilhã, Algarve, Aveiro. All the CACs set up until the beginning of March can submit to this programme and the external evaluation will now be carried out at four-yearly intervals. The evaluation of the applications and the elaboration of the global classification and financing proposal are the responsibility of an independent Evaluation Panel, constituted by evaluators of internationally recognised merit and competence. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of 3 criteria: a) merit of the institutional articulation; b) valorisation of the collaboration; and c) collaborative organisation.

CCS that obtain an overall rating of "Very Good", "Good" or "Sufficient" may be proposed for funding when justified in a specific proposal by the evaluation panel. The application of the evaluation criteria and the decision process for proposing the result of the evaluation and possible funding are described in the Evaluation Guide, following the principles defined in the Regulations.

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FCT - R&D Units - Clinical Academic Centres