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Gulbenkian Foundation Grants for Research Projects on Portuguese Language and Culture

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Foundation) through the Gulbenkian Program for Portuguese Language and Culture (PGLCP) is issuing a call for proposals for grants to be awarded for research and advanced study projects in the fields of Portuguese Language and Portuguese Culture conducted by either Portuguese or foreign organisations.

Projects whose aims are to encourage innovation and experimentation, original research and the development of new work methods that are examples of good practices which can be systematically replicated by other similar initiatives will be considered for funding. The projects should be able to serve as models that can contribute towards benchmarking in their respective areas of intervention.

The Foundation lends its support in the form of co-funding of project expenses or costs. Initiatives seeking to secure full funding are therefore excluded.

Projects should fall within specific fields:

  • In the area of Language, projects in the fields of Linguistics, Philology and Didactics.
  • In the area of Culture, projects in the field of Humanities, namely History, Art Studies, Literature, Philosophy and Cultural Studies.

Eligible candidates

Public and private institutions of higher education, research centres and other similar entities, both Portuguese and foreign, are invited to submit proposals.

In the case of projects to be organised in association with various institutions, the responsibility of each one must be specified and the organisation applying for the grant (grant recipient) has to be identified.

The grant recipient shall be responsible for coordinating the project and shall serve as the interlocutor with the Foundation on behalf of all participants.

Admissibility and eligibility

The period for implementing the project should be no longer than 12 months from the planned starting date. However, in exceptional and duly justified cases, this period may be extended to 24 months.

Projects selected for funding must be initiated within 12 months of the date on which the Foundation notifies the grant recipient.

Proposals from organisations that are in a situation of unjustified default with respect to the Foundation’s regulatory requirements regarding the submission of implementation and financial reports, or related to the return of surplus balances from previous projects are not accepted.

Financial support

The amount of financial support for the projects will be determined by the Foundation per approved proposal.

Once the proposal is approved, the grant recipient shall sign an Acceptance Agreement, provided by the Foundation, in which the organisation agrees to assemble all the remaining funds necessary to carry out the project under the approved terms.

Eligibility of the expenses

Eligible expenses are limited to reasonable costs incurred by the grant recipient, must arise exclusively from implementing the project and deriving from its nature, and should be in keeping with the objectives of the proposed activities.

Without prejudice to the previous item, eligible expenses funded by the Foundation may not be funded by any other organisation or program; i.e., double funding for the same expense is not allowed.

The following expenses are not eligible for funding:

  • Permanent remunerations or professional fees
  • Amortisation of equipment
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Land and buildings acquisition or rental
  • Buildings construction or renovation
  • Debt servicing
  • Subscriptions to periodicals
  • Vehicles acquisition or rental
  • Ongoing operational expenses of the institutions, e.g., water, electricity and gas consuming, among others
  • Overheads

Without prejudice to the previous items, the overall and detailed budget must specify all the expenses allocated to the project.

Evaluation criteria

In evaluating process, the following criteria will be taken into account:

  • Suitability of the project in relation to the objectives referred on the call for proposals, namely with respect to the scientific quality and merit of the researchers and of any other specialist involved, and their international background
  • Appropriateness of the costs presented
  • Scientific merit, originality, planning, organisation, publicising, expected results, particularly in terms of scientific activity (publications, training, organisation of meetings and international visibility), and dissemination of the results
  • Relevance of the project, timeliness of the topics addressed, multidisciplinarity and importance to other topic areas, particularly with respect to implementing the project’s activities in other institutions
  • Viability of expanding the results of the project and their general application
  • Absence of overlapping objectives with respect to other projects underway

Preference will be given to projects that involve association or collaboration between institutions, thus enabling efficient use of resources and maximising the impact of the project to be undertaken.

Decision-making process

After the call for proposals is closed, the Foundation shall conclude the approval process within 60 days.

All organisations that have submitted a proposal will be notified of the decision, and the list of approved projects will be posted on the Foundation’s website.

The decision taken by the Foundation will be final and no type of appeal or complaint will be considered.

After notice of approval, the Acceptance Agreement should be authenticated by the grant recipient’s legal representative and submitted electronically to the Foundation within 20 days.

Application date
30 Apr 2017
12 months
Europe Portugal
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years