Grants and Awards

Grants (PI, Co-I and Collaborator in scientific projects)

2018-2021        Co-PI, agreement 02/SAICT/2017, awarded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) (Portugal), EUR 240,000

2014-2019        Collaborator (PI Mike Mumma, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA), on a 5-years grant awarded by NASA for

                          participation in the NASA Astrobiology Institute, $8,000,000

2013-2017        Co-I, User Support Space Research Programme, grant awarded by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO)

                         (The Netherlands), EUR 253,115

2013-2015        PI, International Exchanges grant, awarded by the Royal Society (UK) £12,000

2012                 PI, International Exchanges grant, awarded by the Royal Society (UK) £3,000

2009-2017        PI, University Research Fellowship (URF), awarded by the Royal Society (UK) £1,000,000

                         The Royal Society fellowship (8 years) is one of the most competitive in the UK, with approximately only

                         35 fellowships offered per year (success rate ~5% in the 2009 scheme).

2009-2013        Collaborator (PI Mike Mumma, NASA Goddard), grant awarded by NASA's Cooperative Agreement Notice

                         for participation in the Astrobiology Institute (USA) $7,000,000

2003-2007        PI, 4-years PhD scholarship awarded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) (Portugal) EUR 90,000

2001-2002        Scholarship of Scientific Initiation (BIC) awarded by FCT (Portugal) EUR 2,000


Awards in recognition of scientific achievements

2018                 Received a Barbie Award 2018 on the International Girl Child Day for being an inspiration to girls ([1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]).

                         This is part of a worldwide project by Mattel that aims to identify women who can be role models for future women.

2018                 Mentioned as one of the world's leading specialists in astrobiology by Portuguese Magazine Executiva.      


2018                 Named as one of the "8 Women in STEM who are changing the space game" by Americana Magazine Bustle.

2016                 I was selected as a "Women in Science" by the Portuguese Agency of Science and Technology "Ciência Viva".


2015                 Appointed Oficial da Ordem Militar de Sant'Iago da Espada (OSE) by the President of Portugal for

                         exceptional and outstanding merits in science.


2015                 I was selected as one of "11 Portuguese out of time" by Jornal Público.


2013                 I had the honour to have my portrait sketched (special commission) for the Royal Society exhibit about

                         successful women in science. Portraits of other female scientists included Marie Curie and Dorothy Hodgkin.

                         Portrait is now displayed at the Royal Society headquarters.


2013                 I was selected as a BBC Expert Women Scientist by the BBC TV Channel (out of more than 2000 candidates).