FCiências.ID – Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Ciências, is a Non-Profit Private Association, endowed with legal personality. It was created in 2017 as an common initiative of Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL) - a Higher Education institution - and 6 private companies, in order to support, potentiate and develop Research and Development (R&D) and innovation activities of its seven associates, while, simultaneously enhancing FCUL strategic partnerships with market and services companies, therefore creating a more challenging environment for research and innovation.
FCiências.ID is the legal representative of 20 research centres, in the fields of Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research, Physics, Space and Astrophysics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology, Geophysics, Biology, Computer Science and Informatics and Philosophy and History of Sciences.
FCiências.ID responsibilities are related to the administrative, financial and scientific management of the research centres R&D projects, and also to performing research work. Many of these R&D activities are developed together with international teams and are funded both at National and European levels.
Following specific agreements, every FCiências.ID associate may act as a third party supplying resources to FCiências.ID to execute its R&D projects. A third party agreement with FCUL is already in force. FCUL, as a third party, carries out directly its own share of work, notwithstanding the full responsibility of FCiências.ID for the contracted scientific and technical work under specific R&D projects.
FCiências.ID is progressively taking on the responsibilities related to the management of the R&D projects hosted by FCUL and initially contracted to FCUL Foundation. FCiências.ID heritage is the Fundacao da Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, FP (FFCUL), its projects but also its human resources and management knowledge. At European level, FCiências.ID will inherit the experience of managing circa one hundred EU FP6 and FP7 projects, eight H2020 projects one COST Action as Grant Holder and will initiate two ERC projects as Host Institution.
IBEB is a research unit within FCUL, and where the research work for STIPED will be carried out. IBEB’s scientific activity covers Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics approaches applied to neuroscience and oncology. IBEB is organized into 4 research lines: brain connectivity and dynamics, cancer therapy and drug-delivery, brain stimulation and neuro-rehabilitation, medical imaging and diagnosis.
Role of FCiências.ID in STIPED
FCiências.ID leads work package 3. Within this work package, FCiências.ID will develop a software to calculate the electric field distribution during transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), based on individual head models. These calculations will enable the optimization of parameters for effective stimulation of cortical regions known to be affected in ADHD and ASD. The goal is to provide individualized treatment with tDCS in different stages of development in a large number of pediatric subjects.