FCT Scientific Employment Stimulus 3rd Edition - Individual Support Grant Applications with BRU as host organisation

January 09, 2020

We inform those interested in applying to the FCT (National Research Agency) Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus 3rd Edition – Individual Support Grant, for the employment of PhD holders, with the Business Research Unit (BRU-ISCTE) as the host organisation, that they must submit their application beforehand to the Unit containing the following information in English:


  • Position you are applying to 

o    Junior researcher– PhD holders for 5 or less years, with limited experience in post-doctoral research or without a scientific curriculum after their PhDs in the scientific area to which they are applying.

o    Assistant researcher – PhD holders for over 5 years, with a relevant curriculum in the scientific area to which they are applying, but with limited scientific independence.

o    Principal researcher - PhD holders for over 5 years, with a relevant curriculum in the scientific area to which they are applying, demonstrating scientific independence over the past 3 years.

o    Coordinating researcher- PhD holders for over 5 years, holding the title of habilitado ou agregado in Portugal, with a curriculum of elevated merit in the scientific area to which they are applying, showing scientific independence and with evidence of leadership in the scientific area to which they are applying.


NOTE: Scientific independence is understood as scientific competence and originality demonstrated by international recognition, experience in doctoral and post-doctoral supervision, or by competitive research funds attracted at national or international level. Scientific leadership requires the demonstration of innovative research and technological development of recognized merit and quality and the acknowledgement as national or international reference in the respective scientific area (e.g. coordination of research groups or centres, international research projects, delivery of plenary talks in high level events).


  • Project/research plan, brief, with a judicious selection of the main activities to be developed, expected outcomes, clearly identifying the scientific challenge at hand while incorporating it in one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations for 2030. The proposed research plan should also demonstrate its coherence with the host Unit’s research strategy as well as that of the research group wherein their project will be developed 


  • Synopsis of the scientific and curricular path, with a judicious selection of the main activities developed and results obtained in the last 5 years 


  • Curriculum vitae in English


  • Motivation letter, identifying up to two of the applicant’s main contributions in the last 5 years and their expectation in terms of main proposed contributions for the next few years. 


Applications must be sent by email to until the 10th February 2020, with the reference FCT Individual Call to Scientific Employment 3rd Edition in the subject.


BRU’s Scientific Committee, together with the Group Coordinators, will evaluate the submitted applications and give an assessment. The applicants with a positive assessment and whose application will be ultimately selected by BRU, can then proceed to submit their application to FCT with BRU-IUL as the host organisation, until 17h00 of the 26th February 2020.  


Please bear in mind that the selection of applicants by BRU-IUL does not guarantee they will be funded by FCT through individual support grants, it only guarantees the full support of BRU-IUL to their application to FCT. For more information about this call:


3 new Erasmus + projects in the field of Organizational Behavior & Human Resources

November 05, 2019


BRU-IUL researcher Sílvia Silva is coordinating the Erasmus+ project “DeSTRESS - Developing Competences for Stress Resilience @SMEs”, leading a European consortium of 7 partners from 6 countries: Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Spain. DeSTRESS is one of the few selected projects from the Portuguese Erasmus+ Agency in the call Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Henrique Duarte and Sara Ramos are also part of the coordinating team.

The project aims to aims to provide an innovative VET-based solution to prevent and manage work-related psychosocial risks and musculoskeletal disorders. Building on existing research, partners will identify a required set of competences leading to the development of a VET curriculum and a new VET Digital Digital Training Platform using the latest techniques in game-based training and gamification complemented by a set of practical tools and resources to facilitate the transfer of learning into the workplace. 



Sílvia Silva is also a partner in another Erasmus + project, “WELLy: Introducing the job profile of a Manager for Work Well-being to prevent and combat workrelated stress”, coordinated by the University of Novo Mesto in Slovenia. Indeed, WELLy was the first ranked project by the Slovenian Erasmus+ Agency for the call Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training (VET). BRU-IUL integrates a consortium of 8 partners from 5 countires: Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.

Given the exponential increase of work-related stress issues and the diffusion of depression among the European citizens, the WELLy project aims to set the role of Work Well-being Manager (WWM) in charge of making sure that daily working conditions are fair and as healthy as reasonably possible for every employee so that the overall quality of life at work improves within the organisation and across economies.



Susana Tavares and António Caetano are partners in an Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance, led by the Tallinn University of Technology (TALTECH), called “BeComE - Be Competent in Entrepreneurship: Knowledge Alliances for Developing Entrepreneurship Competencies for the Benefit of Higher Education and Business”. This Knowledge Alliance includes a consortium of 14 partners (universities and SMEs or start-ups) from 5 countries: Estonia, Finland, Italy, Portugal and Poland.

The idea of the project is to excel entrepreneurship education in higher education by creating effective knowledge alliances (KA) between higher education institutions (HEI) and businesses. It is focused on developing students’ entrepreneurship competencies (ECs) to meet the labor market expectations towards professional competencies of employees and entrepreneurs taking into account the macro-level developments such as globalization, technological advancements and demographic shifts. The project includes both diagnoses of divergences between employers’ needs and actual students’ entrepreneurship competences (ECs), proposition of the new entrepreneurship education (EE) framework embedding ECs together with innovative teaching and learning approaches and its application in practice.