The FRCT is an administratively and financially independent public institute in the sphere of the Regional Secretariat for the Sea, Science and Technology (SRMCT), of the Regional Government of the Azores, in Portugal. It has legal powers to manage the regional funds available for science, technological development and innovation, funding regionally relevant research projects and providing research grants. It is also the privileged channel for the Regional Government participation in research projects and collaborative activities with external entities. FRCT coordinates and manage the financial resources available for scientific research and technological development from Regional, European and International programs.
The intervention of FRCT in the field of supporting international research on biodiversity in ORs and OCTs started in 2008, with its involvement in the ERA-Net Net-Biome. Through it, FRCT cooperated on the development of a shared strategy and action plan on tropical and subtropical biodiversity research for sustainable development. FRCT also coordinated the NetBiome-CSA which aimed to: improve research and innovation governance; alignment of research efforts with policy needs strengthening evidence-based policies; increase regional socio-economic and cultural development; enhance international visibility of ORs and OCTs and the uptake of their good practices, expertise and knowledge; promote effective international and trans-regional cooperation among European ORs and OCTs and with third countries, among others.
Since December 2013, FRCT is also one of the partners of the BEST initiative “Voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European overseas”, which ensured facilitation and anchorage of the European BEST initiative at the local level, fostering the dialogue in close consultation with the local actors on the priorities and the local needs and ease the development of the BEST regional investment strategies. Since January 2015, FRCT is also partner of the consortium of BiodivERsa3 ERA-net scheme, which set the ambitious goal to establish a perennial, trans-national funding programme on biodiversity.
Presently and among other projects, FRCT coordinates MOVE and is also involved on the submission of several project proposals to various funding programs, such as H2020, LIFE and MAC 2014/2020.
FRCT is member of several Clusters and Networking platforms, such as the Macaronesia Marine and Maritime Cluster, the Smart MED Cluster (smart cities), the European Citizen Science Network, EurOcean and Nereus (Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies).
José Manuel Viegas Azevedo