Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
FWF is the Austrian funding organisation for the basic researches. All areas of basic sciences and humanities are funded by FWF through various funding programmes, from stipends for young postdocs to grants to large research consortia.
- Stefan Uttenthaler, e-mail: stefan.uttenthaler(at)fwf.ac.at
Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
The FFG is the national funding agency for applied and industrial research and development in Austria. As a one-stop shop offering a diversified and targeted portfolio, the FFG gives Austrian businesses and research facilities quick and uncomplicated access to research funding with a mix of thematic open and thematic oriented funding programmes for national, European and international projects.
- Fabienne Eder, Fabienne.Eder(at)ffg.at
- Peter Kerschl, Peter.Kerschl(at)ffg.at
Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS)
The Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) is a research funding agency that promotes and supports basic scientific research in the French-speaking Community of Belgium. Founded in 1928, it mainly receives public subsidies, currently from the French-speaking Community of Belgium, the Walloon Region and the Federal Government of Belgium. The Fund supports individual researchers on the basis of the criterion of excellence by offering temporary or permanent positions; funding to research teams; grants and credits for international collaboration and scientific prizes. FNRS fosters research in all scientific fields, following a bottom-up approach of investigator-driven research. Further, the Fund supports researchers in an ever growing context of internationalisation through facilitating their mobility, allowing for collaborative transnational projects and supporting a high level international working environment. It also hosts several national contact points (NCP) for the Excellent Science Pillar within HORIZON2020. Since October 2008, Dr. Ir. Véronique Halloin is the Secretary-General of FNRS.
- Joel Groeneveld, e-mail: joel.groeneveld(at)frs-fnrs.be
- Florence Quist, e-mail: florence.quist(at)frs-fnrs.be
Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)
The Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) is the agency that supports ground-breaking fundamental research and strategic basic research within Flanders. The FWO also stimulates cooperation between the Flemish universities and other research institutes.
Bulgarian Science Fund (NSFB)
The Bulgarian Science Fund is a public institution, established in 2008 to provide funding for project-based research. The Fund also coordinates bilateral programs with the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, supports COST actions and participates in EC framework programs. The decision-making body of the Fund is the Executive Board, supported by 6 scientific advisory committees in 6 thematic areas, one bilateral committee and external experts. The representative person is NSFB Executive Manager. The structure is responsible for the evaluation and implementation of NSFB programs and activities. Some of NSFB main goals is to communicate the conclusions of its projects' evaluations, to provide its own observations and to improve its practices and procedures in setting up research programs and calls. Many efforts are concentrated to provide sound and meaningful analysis on aspects such as policy intervention; clarity in program definition about the social aspect, efficient evaluation criteria, performance indicators according to the specificity of the research and effective frameworks that allows all those actions to correlate and work accordingly.
Reflecting to an on-going Peer Review exercise on evaluating the current research and innovation system in Bulgaria under Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility, the Bulgarian Science Fund aims to achieve wider socio-economic impacts of allocated funds through:
- developing evaluation methodologies that capture wider impact;
- capitalizing on synergies with reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems on the level of other research funding agencies with regard to impact on research and innovation performance across Europe and beyond;
- assessing social dimension and strategic relevance of national programs.
In the period 2010-2015, NSFB participated in 3 transnational joint calls in FP7 project and in one co-fund call and is currently participating in an ERA-Net co-fund action in Consolidating the European research Area on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
- Veselin Brezin, e-mail: brezin(at)mon.bg
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS)
According to the Act No. 130/2002 Coll. on the Support of Research, Experimental Development and Innovation from Public Funds and on the Amendment to Some Related Acts, MEYS is the central administration authority responsible for R&D, particularly institutional funding for higher education sector, research infrastructures policy and funding and international R&D collaboration.
- Michal Vávra, e-mail: michal.vavra(at)msmt.cz
Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD)
Innovation Fund Denmark invests in cultivating and translating ideas, knowledge and technology for the benefit of Danish Society.
Entrepreneurship, partnership and an international outlook thrive so that ideas, knowledge and technologies are translated into viable businesses and innovative solutions for the benefit of society.
Innovation Fund Denmark’s investments stimulate:
- Growth and employment
- Solutions to key societal challenges
- The objectives are achieved by means of:
- Innovation and technological advances
- Interdisciplinary alliances
- Thriving entrepreneurship
- Research excellence
- A dynamic international outlook
- Michael Hansen, e-mail: Michael.Hansen(at)innofond.dk
Suomen Akatemia (AKA)
The Academy of Finland’s mission is to fund high-quality scientific research, provide expertise in science and science policy, and strengthen the position of science and research. The Academy is an agency within the administrative branch of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, and the Academy’s activities cover the full spectrum of scientific disciplines. The Academy selects the best and most promising research projects for funding by means of an international peer review procedure. Each year some 5000 researchers benefit from the Academy funding.
- Jukka Tanskanen, e-mail: Jukka.Tanskanen(at)aka.fi
Agence Nationale de la Recherché (ANR)
The French National Research Agency (ANR) was established by the French government in 2005 to fund research projects, based on competitive schemes giving researchers the best opportunities to carry out their projects and paving the way for ground-breaking new knowledge. The main mission of ANR is to fund the best basic research, but also targeted and applied research in particular through partnerships between companies and public sector laboratories. Its action is thus intended to support French research excellence at both academic and technological levels by means of a rigorous selection process based on evaluation by peer review. Finally, it is also the ANR's mission to strengthen international cooperation by contributing in particular to the funding of international consortia in partnership with other funding agencies in Europe and beyond.
- Jérôme Lasne, e-mail: jerome.lasne(at)anr.fr
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research provides funding for research projects and research institutions. The Ministry develops strategic research programmes especially for key technologies and their application, and it sets general educational policy.
The BMBF provides funding for excellent research projects related to any of the four pillars of QuantERA. For the purpose of implementing the call and administrating the funds on the German part, the BMBF has commissioned its programme management and funding agency VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH - see below.
- Benedikt Weiler, e-mail: Benedikt.Weiler(at)bmbf.bund.de
VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH
Established in 1973 and being a part of the VDI Group (VDI = German Association of Engineers), the VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH is an innovation and research management consultancy, mainly working for clients from public authorities and institutions. In particular, the VDI TZ is acting as a funding agency and programme manager (“Projektträger”) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
- Sebastian Krug, e-mail: krug(at)vdi.de
General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs
The General Secretariat for Research and Technology (G.S.R.T.) is the main policy maker and programme owner concerning the R&D system in Greece and employs about 120 well qualified staff. G.S.R.T.’s policy is implemented through operational programmes. G.S.R.T. supports the research activities of both the country's scientific research institutes and those of its productive industry, focussing on areas that are important for the national economy and for the improvement of the quality of life; it contributes to the reinforcement of the country’s research manpower; it represents Greece in relevant institutions of the European Union, thus bringing the country's research and technology activities into line with the requirements of the international community; it promotes bilateral and multilateral cooperation with other countries and international organisations; it supervises 11 research and technological centres; it encourages activities aimed at raising awareness about research and technology issues. G.S.R.T. has been involved in 40 EU programmes (ERANETS, ERANET PLUS, INCO-NET, OMC-NET type of projects) and has a considerable experience being a full partner in geographic and thematic ERA-NETs. In this context, it has contributed in the design and implementation of Joint Calls and has funded 54 joint projects in the frame of 19 joint calls of the abovementioned programmes with an approximate amount of 7M€. GSRT has recently participated in 9 new Joint Calls under ERANET RUS PLUS, E-RARE, TRANSCAN, EURONANOMED, ERANETMED and COFASP with an approximate amount of 4500M€. GSRT will fund the projects by the new operational programme 2014-2020.
- Maria Gkizeli, e-mail: mgkizeli(at)gsrt.gr
National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI)
The National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI Office) was founded on 1 January 2015 by the Act “about scientific research, development and innovation” (Act2014/LXXVI) of the Hungarian Parliament (RDI law) with the aim to create a stable institutional framework for the governmental coordination of the national research, development and innovation ecosystem, provide predictable funding and implement efficient and transparent use of available resources.
The NRDI Office of Hungary is a national strategic and funding agency for scientific research, development and innovation, the primary source of advice on RDI policy for the Hungarian Government, and the primary RDI funding agency. The NRDI Office manages the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund (NRDI Fund) “to provide state support for research, development and innovation.
Mission:To develop RDI policy and ensure that Hungary adequately invest in RDI by funding excellent research and supporting innovation to increase competitiveness.
Mandate: To prepare the RDI strategy of the Hungarian Government, to handle the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund, and represent the Hungarian Government and the Hungarian RDI community in international organisations.
Vision: To be a world-class RDI funding agency, create an internationally attractive RDI environment in Hungary, and a stronger link of RDI to the economy and society to increase growth and prosperity.
- Edina Nemeth, e-mail: edina.nemeth(at)nkfih.gov.hu
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national Irish foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research. SFI invests in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The Foundation also promotes and supports the study of, education in, and engagement with STEM and promotes an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and, in particular, to the growth of the economy. SFI makes awards based upon the merit review of distinguished scientists. SFI also advances co-operative efforts among education, government, and industry that support its fields of emphasis and promotes Ireland’s ensuing achievements around the world.
- Maria Nash, e-mail: EU-Cofund(at)sfi.ie
Israel Industry Center for R&D (Matimop-ISERD)
ISERD was established to implement the RTD cooperation between the EU and Israel. This cooperation is based on a formal association agreement. ISERD plays a vital role in future policy and collaborative efforts concerning RTD programs between the EU and Israel, ISERD coordinates the activities of Israel’s delegates to the various programme committees managing H2020. ISERD records, conducts follow-up efforts and reports on the Israeli participation in the EU RTD programs to Israel’s policy-making bodies and government institutions. ISERD representatives have also been operating as the Israeli National Contact Points since the 4th Framework Program.
ISERD actively disseminates information, enhances industrial cooperation, promotes partnership searches and provides advice and guidance to Israel’s RTD community in industry and research institutions. ISERD organizes events such as seminars, conferences and info days, and publishes information on the web via newsletters and articles in specialized magazines.
- Dan Seker, e-mail: Dan(at)iserd.org.il
Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR)
The Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) is the key RTD policy actor and funding agency in Italy at state level.
MIUR is in charge to prepare and to submit the National Research Programme (PNR – Piano Nazionale della Ricerca) proposal to the Government and to directly manage it.
Besides, the Ministry, in charge of definition of strategic priorities in Research and higher education, has the following responsibilities: coordination, assessment and evaluation of the national university system and advanced training schools; supporting and fostering basic research in university and research institutions, programming intervention in public research institutions; coordination, regulation and funding of national research institutions; coordination of the research activities promoted by other Ministries; monitoring and supporting the integration between the research system and industries; integration between public research and applied research; promoting and supporting research in the industry system; funding research programmes for southern regions; promoting initiatives such as the Funds for the diffusion of scientific culture (PUS); enforcement of EU and international rules on university education and research. The Ministry also has key responsibilities for international co-operation. It concludes bi- and multilateral agreements on research and technology collaboration and is in charge of co-ordinating Italy’s participation in the European Union’s Framework Programme
- Aldo Covello, e-mail: aldo.covello(at)miur.it
- Giorgio Carpino, e-mail: giorgio.carpino(at)miur.it
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research organization in Italy; its duty is to carry out, promote and transfer research activities in the main sectors of knowledge for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country. CNR is distributed all over Italy through a network of institutes aiming at promoting a wide diffusion of its competences throughout the national territory and at facilitating contacts and cooperation with local firms and organizations. CNR also takes responsibilities for distributing funds directly to researchers from Universities and other Research Organizations who can be associated to CNR.
The Department of Physical Sciences and Technologies of Matter (DSFTM) of CNR will be concerned with the implementation of the Project. DSFTM consists of 12, highly integrated Institutes, having more than 40 laboratories throughout the country. The role of DFSTM relies on its wide range of competences and skills and on the tight collaboration with the most dynamic sectors of the University and of the industry, especially high-tech companies. The DSFTM has 140 active patent families and has contributed to the creation of high-tech companies such as 7 spin-offs.
- Francesco Cataliotti, e-mail: fsc(at)lens.unifi.it
State Education Development Agency (VIAA)
The State Education Development Agency (VIAA) is a direct administration institution which is subordinated to the Ministry of Education and Science.
VIAA operates in accordance with the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations. Aims of the activities of VIAA are to implement the national policy in the fields of development of higher education and science, lifelong learning system, general and vocational education system, and to implement and monitor projects financed by Structural Funds, EU and other financial instrument programmes.
Among other activities VIAA provides the National Contact Point functions for Horizon 2020 programme and ensure Latvia’s participation in joint programmes and joint technology initiatives stipulated in Article 185 and 187 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, EUREKA, as well as COST, ERA-NET, ERA-NET+ and EUROSTARS, administering, financing and supervising projects in the fields of science and technological development.
- Juris Balodis, e-mail: jbalodis(at)latnet.lv; juris.balodis(at)viaa.gov.lv
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research is one of the largest science-funding bodies in the Netherlands and ensures quality and innovation in science. Each year NWO invests about 800 million euros in more than 6000 research projects at universities and knowledge institutes. These concern both curiosity-driven research and research related to societal challenges. NWO selects and funds research proposals based on the advice from independent Dutch and international experts. NWO encourages national and international collaboration, manages national research institutes, invests in large-scale research facilities, and promotes knowledge utilisation
- Wieteke de Boer, e-mail: w.deboer(at)nwo.nl
Research Council of Norway (RCN)
The Research Council of Norway (RCN) serve as a common public administrative and allocating agency for all disciplines and segments within the research sector. RCN is Norway's official body for the development and implementation of national research strategy and reporting to the Norwegian government. RCN is responsible for enhancing Norway's knowledge base and for promoting basic and applied research and innovation to help meet research needs within society and works actively to encourage international research cooperation. In 2015, The Research Council of Norway's total budget amounts to NOK 8 483 million. The Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Trade and Industry are the most important contributors to the budget of the Research Council of Norway.
The Research Council of Norway comprises four research divisions, one division for administrative affairs and an executive staff organized directly under the Director General. The Research Council has approx. 450 employees.
- Pål Sigurd Malm, e-mail: psma(at)forskningsradet.no
National Science Centre (NCN) – the Coordinator
The National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki, NCN) is a Polish government executive agency set up in 2011 to fund basic research. The primary task of the Centre is to support research projects. The Centre fulfils its duties by catering for the needs of researchers at every stage of their research career and with different degrees of expertise. It finances basic research carried out in the form research projects, scholarships for PhD students and post-doc internships. To ensure the excellent quality of the research selected for funding, the Centre has adopted a two-stage, peer review-based procedure of proposal evaluation. One important task of the Centre is to foster international cooperation in research and disseminate information on calls for proposals among researchers. The NCN also supports and monitors the progress of research projects financed under its funding opportunities through review and examination of annual and final reports, as well as on-site visits to selected host institutions.
- Sylwia Kostka, e-mail: sylwia.kostka(at)ncn.gov.pl
National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)
The National Centre for Research and Development is the executive agency supervised by the Minister of Science and Higher Education. It was established in 2007 to perform tasks related to science, technology and innovation policies adopted by the Polish government.
NCBR’s mission and tasks:
- Support of sustainable economic growth in Poland through the use of R&D results
- Applied research financing
- Facilitation of science-business cooperation
- Supporting commercialisation and transfer of scientific research results
- International cooperation (Bilateral, Multilateral and European Programmes)
- Providing young scientists with career development opportunities
- Managing applied research programmes and national security and defense projects
- Krystyna Maciejko, e-mail: krystyna.maciejko(at)ncbr.gov.pl
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) is the national funding agency for science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains. Under the aegis of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education, FCT started its activity in August 1997, succeeding the Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (JNICT). Since March 2012 FCT coordinates public policies for the Information and Knowledge Society in Portugal, after the integration of the UMIC –Knowledge Society Agency. In October 2013, FCT took over the attributions and competences of the Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional (FCCN), [Foundation for National Scientific Computation].
FCT’s mission is to continuously promote the advancement of knowledge in science and technology in Portugal, attain the highest international standards in quality and competitiveness, in all scientific and technological domains, and encourage its dissemination and active role in society and in economic growth.
FCT pursues its mission by funding fellowships, studentships and research contracts for scientists, research projects, internationally competitive research centres and state-of-the-art infrastructures, via competitive calls with international peer-review. FCT ensures Portugal’s participation in international scientific organisations, fosters the participation of the scientific community in international projects, and promotes knowledge transfer between R&D centres and industry. Working closely with international organisations, FCT coordinates public policy for the Information and Knowledge Society in Portugal and ensures the development of national scientific computing resources. FCT also provides the institutional framework for the Research Councils.
FCT’s budget encompasses funds from the Portuguese state budget and European structural funds. Funding is structured around the following schemes: Graduate Education and Career Development (studentships, fellowships and contracts), R&D Projects (in all scientific domains), R&D Centres (Associate Laboratories, R&D Units), International cooperation (bilateral cooperation, membership of international organisations and international partnerships) and Others (includes Rede Ciência, Tecnologia e Sociedade, Information Society, B-on, Support for Scientific Community Fund and Public Understanding of Science).
- Rui Durao, e-mail: Rui.Durao(at)fct.pt
Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii (UEFISCDI)
The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) is a public entity of the Central Administration under the ultimate authority of Ministry of Education and Research.
The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) is a public entity of the Central Administration under the ultimate authority of Ministry of Education and Scientific Research (MESR).
UEFISCDI implemented, under the supervision of its advisory councils, four out of the six programs of the National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation 2007 - 2013 (PN II), i.e.: Human Resources (exploratory research), Ideas (exploratory research), Partnerships in Priority S&T Areas (applied research), Innovation (innovation and technology transfer).
Also UEFISCDI implemented, under the supervision of its advisory councils, four out of the five programs of the National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation 2015 - 2020 (PN III), i.e.: Program 1: Development of the national R & D (1.1. Human Resources (full); 1.3. Infrastructures R & D (partially); 1.4. Support (partially); Program 2: Increasing the competitiveness of the Romanian economy through research, development and innovation (2.1. Competitivity through research, development and innovation (partially)); Program 3: European and international cooperation (3.1. Bilateral / multilateral (excluding the bilateral program with AUF); 3.2. Horizon 2020 (integral); 3.5. Other European and international initiatives and programs (full); 3.6. Support (partially)); Program 4: Basic research and frontier (integral)
Externally, UEFISCDI acts for the promotion of Romanian R&D and its integration in the international scientific community, by:
- Cooperating with similar organizations in Europe and worldwide,
- Supporting to Romanian R&D actors to develop international partnerships.
- Nicoleta Dumitrache, e-mail: nicoleta.dumitrache(at)uefiscdi.ro
Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)
The Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), a governmental research organization, is the recognized leading research and scientific institution in Slovakia. The self-governing scientific institution of the Slovak Republic activities of which are in accordance with the Act No.133/2002 on the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS) focused on the development of science, education, culture, economy and carried out by scientists and specialized and service organizations. By its reasearch, the SAS is developing efforts to advance knowledge in international context considering the social needs of Slovakia. SAS has an expertise concerning ERA.NETs projects not only in the field of nano materials and Nano science and nanotechnology (NanoSci-ERA.NET 2005-2010, NanoSci-EPlus since 2008, MNT ERA.NET 2005-2008, MNT ERA.NET II since 20208, M-ERA.NET) but also in ERA.NETs in other scientific fields including Horizon 2020 ( TRANSCAN II, EraCoSysMed, etc.)
The participation of SAS in the abovementioned ERA-Nets projects have been based on the official mandate of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic for the SAS to act as RD programme owner and manager. Selection procedures for the applications have been established and approved by the SAS Presidium.
- Jan Barancik, e-mail: barancik(at)up.upsav.sk
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MIZS)
The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (Ministrstvo za izobrazevanje, znanost in sport - MIZS) is responsible for regulating all levels of education (from pre-school to higher education), as well as fields of science and sport. The Science Division as part of the Science Directorate defines the expert bases for the adoption of political documents in the field of research policy. It drafts laws and implements regulations on research activities. It establishes and enhances the system of comprehensive analyses and monitoring of the developments in research, develops new tools for attaining research policy goals, and plans the required financial resources for research.
When it comes to transnational activity, MIZS hosts the National Contact Points (NCP) network for H2020, offering advice and raising awareness concerning cooperation from Slovenian research community. The ministry representatives sit in the EC Programming Committees. MIZS also participated in some Joint Program Initiatives (JPIs).
- Andrej Ograjenšek, e-mail: Andrej.Ograjensek(at)gov.si
Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Competitividad - Agencia Estatal de Investigacion (MINECO - AEI)
The Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO), through the Secretariat of State for Research, Development and Innovation and the State Research Agency (AEI), is the department of the General State Administration responsible for elaborating and implementing government policies on scientific research, technological development and innovation in all sectors, as well as for coordinating state-owned research institutions. In particular the AEI is responsible for the management and financing of public funds for R & D & I based on the State programmes and strategic actions of the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and for Innovation 2013-2016, in line with the Spanish Strategy of Science, Technology and Innovation 2013-2020.
- Watse Castelein, e-mail: era-ict(at)mineco.es
Swedish Research Council / Vetenskapsrådet (VR)
The Swedish Research Council is Sweden’s largest financer of basic research and provides support for research projects of the highest academic quality in all scientific fields. Funding is allocated across research projects, infrastructures, fellowships, research environments, and various types of national and international collaboration.
The Swedish Research Council is a governmental authority directed by a Governing Board, whose majority consists of active researchers. The Director General heads the authority. Under the Board there are several special decision-making bodies that allocate funding to research and infrastructure within the framework of the Board’s decisions. These are The Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, The Scientific Council for Medicine and Health, The Scientific Council for Natural and Engineering Sciences, The Committee for Educational Science, The Council for Research Infrastructures.
The Scientific Council for Natural and Engineering Sciences supports the best research as regards quality according to national priorities and the best researchers within the natural and engineering sciences. The Scientific Council also participates in international collaboration organisations and furthermore works on monitoring, evaluation and strategic work.
- Tomas Andersson, e-mail: tomas.andersson(at)vr.se
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
The Swiss partner of the QUANT-ERA Consortium is the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Mandated by the federal government, the SNSF supports basic science in all academic disciplines. To ensure its independence, the SNSF was established as a private foundation in 1952. Its core task is the evaluation of research proposals. By awarding public research money based on a competitive system, the SNSF contributes to the high quality of Swiss research.
The aims of the SNSF are:
- Quality. We promote scientific excellence. We also expect our own performance to be of a high standard.
- Independence. We operate autonomously and evaluate impartially.
- Responsibility. We are a reliable partner. We fulfil our tasks judiciously and always act ethically.
- Fairness. Our decisions are well-founded and we respect equal opportunities.
The SNSF is organised in four divisions (Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Natural and Engineering Sciences, Biology and Medicine, Programmes). Furthermore, three Specialised Committees are responsible for cross-divisional matters (International Co-operation, Careers, Interdisciplinary Research). In addition, the SNSF supports several joint programs designed to reinforce international collaboration with key partner countries.The Presiding Board consists of the President of the Research Council and the Presidents of the divisions and specialised committees. It supervises and coordinates the work of the Research Council and drafts science policy recommendations for submission to the Foundation Council. It focuses mainly on funding policy, the elaboration of funding schemes, evaluation methods and the distribution of funds across the individual scientific disciplines. The Mathematics, Natural and Engineering Sciences division, which will be the Programme Owner and Manager at the SNSF, yearly awards project grants typically worth CHF 140 million. Part of this budget is dedicated for ERA-Nets.
- Ahmad Zein Assi, e-mail: quantera(at)snf.ch
Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey/ Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu (TÜBİTAK)
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) is the leading agency for management, funding and conduct of research in Turkey. It was established in 1963 with a mission to advance science and technology, conduct research and support Turkish researchers. The Council is an autonomous institution and is governed by a Scientific Board whose members are selected from prominent scholars from universities, industry and research institutions.
TÜBİTAK is responsible for promoting, developing, organizing, conducting and coordinating research and development in line with national targets and priorities.
TÜBİTAK acts as an advisory agency to the Turkish Government on science and research issues, and is the secretariat of the Supreme Council for Science and Technology (SCST), the highest S&T policy making body in Turkey.
Setting its vision as to be an innovative, guiding, participating and cooperating institution in the fields of science and technology, which serves for improvement of the life standards of our society and sustainable development of our country, TÜBİTAK not only supports innovation, academic and industrial R&D studies but also in line with national priorities develops scientific and technological policies and manages R&D institutes, carrying on research, technology and development studies. Furthermore, TÜBİTAK funds research projects carried out in universities and other public and private organizations, conducts research on strategic areas, develops support programs for public and private sectors, publishes scientific journals, popular science magazines and books, organizes science and society activities and supports undergraduate and graduate students through scholarships.
More than 1,500 researchers work in 15 different research institutes of TÜBİTAK where contract research as well as targeted and nation-wide research is conducted.
- Serkan Ucer, e-mail: serkan.ucer(at)tubitak.gov.tr
United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
EPSRC is a part of the UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.
EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. By investing in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a healthy, connected, resilient, productive nation.
- Wendy Carr, e-mail: Wendy.Carr(at)epsrc.ukri.org
Part of UK Research and Innovation. An organisation of around 250 staff, drawn mainly from business and with a head office in Swindon. Working with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the economy.
- Simon Plant; e-mail: simon.plant(at)innovateuk.gov.uk