Norms and rules have also been published for aid to theatre and dance activities. In 2003 a new system of financial supports for professional activities in the domains of Performing Arts and Contemporary Art was established. However, the support for certain areas (namely the theatre) has met with growing demands and the need of a more precise definition of funding criteria.
In 2007, the Ministry of Culture set up, through the Directorate-General of Arts and the Science Programme “Ciência Viva”, a common research and work platform for artists and scientists, thus implementing the Residencies Network Programme: Art / Science Experimentation. This programme involves holding artistic residencies at various scientific host institutions. The objective is to enable artists and scientists to explore artistic and aesthetic fields using the tools from both domains. In the first edition of this programme (2007) 33 projects were submitted, of which 8 were selected. In 2009 a second edition of this programme was launched again.
The Inov-Art programme, organised by the Ministry of Culture’s Directorate-General for the Arts, should also be mentioned. Its aims are to provide 200 training internships annually in established international institutions, for those aged between 18 and 35 who have recognised qualifications or skills in the cultural or artistic field. The programme was implemented for the first time in 2009.