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TitleResearch problems in Portugal run deep
Author(s)Cerca, Nuno
Lopes, J.
Jorge, M.
Issue date2014
PublisherNature Publishing Group
CitationCerca, Nuno; Lopes, J.; Jorge, M., Research problems in Portugal run deep. Nature, 507, 431, 2014
Abstract(s)As founders of the Portuguese National Association of Researchers in Science and Technology (ANICT), we believe that research problems in the country run deeper than just funding (see Nature 507, 306; 2014).Evaluation procedures for recruitment, career progression and funding allocation are in need of fundamental reform. They must become more transparent and be based solely on merit. Selection for nationally funded PhD and postdoc scholarships, for example, is beset by conflicting interests and insufficient transparency (see The recent cuts in scholarship numbers have exacerbated these factors. Currently, merit has little influence on career stability or advancement. Many researchers, even team leaders with students and ongoing grants, are being driven to leave the country because of their non-renewable, short-term contracts.Instead of bickering and passing the buck, Portugals politicians need to agree on long-term plans to foster and retain the countrys talented young researchers.
TypeLetter to the editor
AccessOpen access
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