JUELICH – Project Management Agency Juelich (funding agency)
JUELICH – Project Management Agency Juelich – is a funding agency located in Berlin, Bonn and Juelich, Germany, and was founded in 1974.
The Project Management Agency Juelich is a largely independent unit within the research centre Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH. It is an authorised funding agency acting as a project manager on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and other Ministries. It was established in 1974 on the initiative of the Federal Research Ministry and is today one of the leading project management organisations in Germany. More than 740 members of staff handle a broad range of topics. The division “Environment and Sustainability” of the Berlin branch is the largest programme management entity in this field in Germany.
The agency is currently (2014) hosting five National Contact Points (Energy, Life Sciences, Materials, Environment, Shipping and Marine Technologies) and acts as programme coordinator in the fields of bio-economy, materials, energy, environment, as well as nanomaterials, advanced materials and production. It contributes to the establishment of a competitive European Research Area by managing or supporting, on behalf of the BMBF, 15 ERA-Nets, 11 Coordination and Support Actions, four Joint Programming Initiates (JPIs), two European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) and one Article 185 initiative (as of April 2014).
Participant URL: http://www.ptj.de/en/start
Dr Shilpi Saxena
RPF – RESEARCH PROMOTION FOUNDATION (non-profit private foundation)
RPF – Research Promotion Foundation – is a non-profit private foundation with public mandate located in Cyprus.
It was founded in 1996 by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, to serve as the national agency for the promotion of scientific and technological research. The RPF has developed a number of activities which fall into two broad categories: (a) the design, launching, funding and monitoring of national research programmes, and (b) the promotion of the participation of Cypriot researchers in European research programmes and international organisations (EU Framework Programmes, European Cooperation in Science and Research (COST), Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Science Foundation (ESF), EUREKA). It is also responsible for the implementation of bilateral agreements on R&D. The RPF has the overall responsibility for the coordination of activities relating to the Horizon 2020 Programme (as it has been doing since 1999: 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes). It coordinates the network of National Contact Points and representatives of Cyprus in the various Programme Committees, provides information, organises information days and provides advice and customised assistance to researchers. The RPF has also been actively involved in a number of EC funded projects. The RPF acts as the Cypriot EURAXESS Bridgehead Organisation and hosts Cyprus’ EURAXESS Services Centre, a member of the European EURAXESS Network. It is also member of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).
Participant URL: http://www.research.org.cy
ADEME – Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (public body with industrial and commercial activity)
ADEME, the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management, is a state-funded establishment (founded in 1992 through the merger of AFME – French energy management agency, ANRED – Agency for Wastes Recovery Reduction and elimination, AQA – Air Quality Agency) whose activities are supervised by two French Ministries: Research and Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.
Some of the tasks which fall under ADEME’s mandate include: orienting and piloting technological research, training programmes, developing, demonstrating and disseminating technologies, communication to the general public, private bodies and public organisations, participating in the elaboration of international agreements and handling of international co-operation funds. The agency finances research on many themes, including: energy management and renewable energy sources, waste management, soil pollution, air pollution, reducing emission of greenhouse gases. The head offices are based in Angers, Paris and Valbonne and the agency also has branches in the 26 regions of France.
Participant URL: www.ademe.fr
AKA – Suomen Akatemia (governmental funding organisation)
AKA – Suomen Akatemia – is a governmental funding organisation located in Helsinki, Finland and was founded in 1970.
The Suomen Akatemia’s agency finances high-quality scientific research, acts as a science and science policy expert, and strengthens the position of science and research. The Academy is an agency within the administrative branch of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and its activities cover the full spectrum of scientific disciplines.
Participant URL: http://www.aka.fi/en-GB/A/
AMEUP – Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes (national agency)
AMEUP – the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes – is based in Zagreb, Croatia.
Its vision is to contribute to the development of human capital and democratic potential, social cohesion and competitiveness of the Croatian society, by providing opportunities for mobility and international cooperation in the field of science, education, training and youth. Its mission is to support internationalisation as a means of raising the quality in the sectors of science, education and training and the field of youth in the Republic of Croatia, responding to the needs of citizens, society and economy. AMEUP was the national agency responsible for the implementation of the Lifelong Learning Programme and the Youth in Action Programme, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, and the Bologna Experts. It is currently the national agency responsible for the implementation of the Erasmus+ Programme, and the Europass, Eurodesk, Euraxess, Euroguidance, CEEPUS and bilateral scholarships activities. AMEUP was in charge of the People, Environment and Energy Themes in FP7. Currently, the agency is hosting the majority of the Croatian Horizon 2020 NCP offices (appointed by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports). AMEUP hosts the NCPs and PC delegates for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, the Industrial Leadership (LEIT ICT, NMP+B, Space), the Societal Challenges, the horizontal activities (Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation, Science with and for Society), the JRC and Legal and Financial Issues.
Participant URL: http://www.mobilnost.hr/index_en.php
APRE – AGENZIA PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA RICERCA EUROPEA (non-profit organisation)
APRE – Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea – is a non-profit research organisation, created in 1989 as a joint initiative of the Italian Ministry of Research and the EC in order to foster the Italian participation in the national and European Research and Innovation Programmes.
Today, APRE is endorsed by more than 100 members, including both public and private universities and research centres, industries, industrial associations, chambers of commerce, as well as science parks. In 2001, APRE received the Quality Certification for its project, training and promotion activities related to research programmes (ISO EN 9001:2000). APRE’s most relevant capabilities encompass: ▫ a strong experience in the Executive Management as project coordinator (17 in FP7, 4 in FP6) or WP leader in management of medium-size and large-size projects, progress monitoring (financial and technical) and reporting to the European Commission, expert in contractual issues; ▫ a significant aptitude in dissemination activities: coordinator of Support Actions for the dissemination of research results, APRE is also WP leader for the Dissemination WPs in many EC funded projects, including NCPs networks; ▫ an extensive knowledge of the International Cooperation area, as coordinator or partner of projects funded under the FP7 INCO Programme, as well as FP7 thematic projects oriented to international cooperation. Targeted countries are: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, USA, Western Balkan, Mediterranean, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Central America, Caribbean, and the Pacific region.
Participant URL: www.apre.it
Matteo Di Rosa, Karolina Jurkiewicz
BEA – Brussels Enterprise Agency (non-profit private association)
BEA – Brussels Enterprise Agency – is a non-profit private association with public fund and mandate located in Brussels, Belgium, and founded in 2003. impulse.brussels, the new brand name of the Brussels Enterprise Agency, is the public agency set up by the regional authorities of the Brussels Capital Region to provide consulting and coaching services to Brussels-based companies and to entrepreneurs wishing to set up a business in Brussels.
Its services operate according to three activity lines: 1) Universal information service on any questions regarding the creation or development of an economic activity. 2) Specialist support: selective and individual support on access to finance, public aid, town planning and environmental permits for entrepreneurial projects with high potential. 3) Encouraging growth and innovation in priority areas (green technologies, sustainable construction, lifetech, information and communication technologies (ICT), and creative industries).
Participant URL: http://www.ncpbrussels.be
CDTI – Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (public business entity)
CDTI – Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology – is a Spanish public business entity under the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
CDTI seeks to contribute to improving the technological level of the Spanish companies by means of implementing the following activities: ▫ Financial and economic-technical assessment of R&D projects implemented by companies ▫ Managing and fostering Spanish participation in international technological cooperation programmes (Framework Programmes, EUREKA, Eurostars, IBEROEKA, ESA and CERN, among others) ▫ Fostering international business technology transfer and support services for technological innovation ▫ Supporting the setting up and consolidating of technological companies Aligned to this international approach, CDTI has built a strategic network of offices and representatives abroad (including Belgium – SOST) to give Spanish entities support in their international technological activities.
Participant URL: www.cdti.es
Dr Lydia González, Juan Carlos García
MRDA Moldovan Research and Development Association (governmental organisation)
Moldovan Research and Development Institution “MRDA” (MRDA) – was established as a nongovernmental, non-profit organization in 2000 with the mission to advance science and technology development in Moldova.
MRDA collaborated with the numerous international and national partners to promote the new approaches in Moldovan science developing and supporting of various fields of basic and applied research. MRDA activities were focused on development and implementation of 15 different full-fledged programs oriented to young scientists support, join research projects implementation, scientific events organization, and upgrade the research infrastructure, establishment of research and education centres. Special attention was paid to the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program in order to build an adequate environment for science and business partnerships development, to organize the Science and Business Club meetings and venture conferences, to publish top innovation catalogues and establish a platform for successful innovation promotion. Over 150 trainings, promotional events and scientific conferences were organized by MRDA until present.
Participant URL: http://mrda.md/
CVTI SR – Centrum vedecko-technických informácií SR, Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information SCSTI (public organization)
CVTI SR – Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information – is a directly-managed organization of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic located in Bratislava, Slovakia, and was founded in 1938.
CVTI SR is the national information centre for science, technology, innovation and education and a specialised scientific library of the Slovak Republic. Since 2013, CVTI SR is a host organisation of all Slovak NCPs for Horizon 2020 and is also responsible for the Slovak Liaison Office for Research and Development in Brussels. CVTI SR coordinates operations of national infrastructures for research, development and innovation.
Participant URL: http://www.cvtisr.sk/
DWTI – SIST – Dienst voor Wetenschappelijke en Technische Informatie – Service d’information scientifique et technique (public organisation)
DWTI – SIST – Dienst voor Wetenschappelijke en Technische Informatie – Service d’information scientifique et technique – is a public organisation (administration) located in Belgium and founded in 2000.
EUROFED is the service of the National Contact Points (NCPs) of the Belgian federal government for the new European Framework Programme Horizon 2020 for research and innovation. EUROFED’s aim is to inform federal research institutes and other federal actors about funding possibilities in this programme. More concretely, EUROFED informs its clients about the latest developments of Horizon 2020, helps them in finding suitable project partners or joining a consortium, supports them in preparing a project proposal and gives feedback on their project proposals, explains them the procedures for EC project reporting.
Participant URL: http://eurofed.stis.belspo.be/
ETAg – Estonian Research Council (governmental foundation)
ETAg – Estonian Research Council – is a governmental foundation located in Tartu and Tallinn, Estonia and founded in 2012.
The Estonian Research Council was established on the basis of the Estonian Science Foundation and combined with the Research Cooperation Centre, a department of the Archimedes Foundation, acting as a Seventh Framework Programme NCP. The Estonian Research Council was established to concentrate the funding of R&D and guarantee the better functioning of financing systems. The body is the main funding organisation of R&D, consolidating different grants and types of funding and giving research more visibility in the society. ETAG also represents the Estonian scientific community on an international level. ETAG is a member of the European Science Foundation (ESF) and a founding member of Science Europe.
Participant URL: www.etag.ee
Euresearch – Verein Euresearch (NGO)
Verein Euresearch is a non-governmental, non-profit, private organisation located in Bern, Switzerland and was founded in 2001.
It holds all NCPs and the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) under one roof and gives sub-mandates to 10 regional offices, situated in 10 university towns. While the NCPs are focussing on advice on proposal content, the regional offices are dealing with all administrative issues. Common activities with the EEN have a long tradition in Switzerland. Verein Euresearch is mandated by the Swiss government to provide information, hands-on advice and transnational partnering related to European research and innovation programmes.
Participant URL: www.euresearch.ch
Dr Judith Zbinden
EZ/RVO – Ministerie van Economische Zaken / Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (Netherlands Enterprise Agency)
EZ/RVO – Ministerie van Economische Zaken / Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland – is a governmental organisation (agency of a ministry) located in Hague, Netherlands and was founded in 2014 as result of a merger between Agency NL and the Dienst Regelingen.
EZ/RVO is the executive agency of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. EZ/RVO was Partner in most FP7 NCP networks, including ENV-NCP-TOGETHER.
Participant URL: www.rvo.nl/horizon2020
Corinne van Voorden
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (governmental organisation)
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia – is a governmental organisation located in Lisboa, Portugal and was founded in 1997.
FCT is the main funding agency for research in Portugal and it is responsible for following and implementing the bilateral and multilateral international agreements in science and technology. FCT is a public autonomous institute under the aegis of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education. FCT’s mission consists in continuously promoting the advancement of scientific and technological knowledge in Portugal, exploring opportunities that become available in any scientific or technological domain to attain the highest international standards in the creation of knowledge, and to stimulate their diffusion and contribution to improve education, health, environment, and the quality of life and wellbeing of the general public. This mission is mainly accomplished through the financing subsequent to the evaluation of proposals presented by institutions, research teams or individuals in public open calls, and also through cooperation agreements and other forms of support in partnership with universities and other public or private institutions.
Participant URL: http://www.fct.pt/
Dr Anabela Carvalho , Cristina Gouveia
FORTH – Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas / HELP-FORWARD Network (research organisation)
FORTH – Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas – is a research organisation founded in 1987, located in Heraklion, Crete (FORTH Headquarters) and Athens (operating unit HELPFORWARD Network).
The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, established in 1983, is one of the largest research centres in Greece with well organised facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research foundation worldwide. FORTH is an organisation with vast experience in implementing framework programmes holding currently the 15th place, among all European RTOs, in terms of participation in FP7 projects with more than 252 participations and a total project budget of over 110 million Euros (FP7 monitoring report 2012, EC). HELP-FORWARD Network / PRAXI is a specific unit of FORTH created from a strategic alliance of the research and the industrial world in Greece. It was established in 1991 by FORTH (main stakeholder) and the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), with the support of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT). HELP-FORWARD Network / PRAXI operates in the fields of technology transfer and international cooperation addressing small and medium-sized enterprises and research institutions all over Greece. Its services range from information to mediation and advisory support, covering the whole spectrum of activities related to research collaboration, technology transfer, commercial exploitation of research results and international collaboration for the promotion of the EU framework programmes in 3rd countries. It is one of the main NCP organisations in Greece; it participates in the Greek Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) consortium, and runs the liaison office for FORTH.
Participant URL: www.forth.gr
IPPT PAN – Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (research organisation)
IPPT PAN – Institute of Fundamental Technological Research – is a research organisation located in Poland and it was founded in 1952.
Among its services and activities are: ▫ establishing an infrastructure for information and advice on EU R&D activities; ▫ dissemination of information on EU research programmes;
– facilitating the participation of organisations, researchers and enterprises from Poland in EU R&D programmes;
– raising awareness of needs and benefits from participating in EU Programmes;
– providing specialised services concerning the participation in EU programmes;
– promoting the international co-operation and encouraging to create multi-partner project consortia;
– disseminating of information and promoting of RTD results;
– establishing and providing access to specialised data bases;
– cooperating with the Ministry of Science in Poland, the European Commission and other organisations in the implementation of the EU Framework Programmes;
– preparing of expertise on possibilities to absorb the Community Structural and Regional Funds.
A number of proposals have been submitted, of which the following nine projects received funding: Polnet, Polda, Fellows for Industry, Partners for Life, Idealist-5PR, Train-Net, CEeB, NAS2CALL, CENET.
Participant URL: http://www.kpk.gov.pl
Dr Magdalena Głogowska
Luxinnovation GIE (national innovation agency)
Operating at the heart of Luxembourg’s innovation system, Luxinnovation (founded in 1984) – the National Agency for Innovation and Research – focuses on stimulating the competitiveness of Luxembourg’s economy by promoting research, innovation, creativity and design.
Luxinnovation acts as a facilitator for its clients, mainly companies and public research organisations, which are looking for guidance and funding opportunities to implement their innovative projects. To accomplish its mission, Luxinnovation builds on strong institutional partnerships with its board, comprising the government, represented by the relevant national ministries, and national business support organisations.
Participant URL: www.luxinnovation.lu
MATIMOP-ISERD – MATIMOP– Israeli Industry Centre for R&D (NGO)
MATIMOP-ISERD – MATIMOP – Israeli Industry Centre for R&D – is a non-governmental organization located in Israel and was founded in 1996.
The Israel-Europe R&D Directorate is an inter-ministerial directorate, established by the Israeli Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ISERD is operated through the Office of the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy, and is Israel’s official contact point (NCP) with the EU, for all the activities of the FP.
ISERD promotes the participation of Israeli entities in R&D ventures within the European Research Area, in particular:
– promotes cooperation between Israel and Europe in thematic and/or bi-national programmes
– ISERD’s representatives participate in the EU FP’s management committees
– acts in the institutions of the various R&D programmes in Europe
– has an extensive network of contacts with similar agencies in Europe
– assists in partner searches
– assists throughout proposal submission processes
– ISERD operates through various programmes:
– the EU Framework Programme for R&D (HORIZON 2020)
– programmes co-funded by national and EU funds
– EUREKA for industrial R&D cooperation
– bi-national programmes for industrial R&D cooperation
– Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) for SMEs
Participant URL: http://www.iserd.org.il/
Lior Ben Artzi – Gershon
MIZŠ – Ministrstvo za izobraževanje, znanost in šport (ministry)
MIZŠ – Ministry of Education, Science and Sport – is located in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and it was founded in 2012.
The Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport performs tasks in the field of early childhood education, primary, secondary and higher education, science, research, sport, information society and electronic communication. It is a national body responsible for the implementation of the research and innovation policy. The Ministry cooperates actively in the preparation of Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) and in the formation of a European Research Area with international coordination of national research programmes through ERA-NET projects, such as JPI Climate, WoodWisdom-Net+, ERASynBio, SEE-ERA.NET, M-ERA.NET, etc. MIZŠ is a leading government body of the National Contact Point (NCP) Network, offering advice concerning cooperation in the framework programmes for research and innovation.
Participant URL: http://www.mizs.gov.si/si/
Dr Eva Batista
VINCA – Institute of Nuclear Sciences – The Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences is the most prominent multidisciplinary research institute in the Republic of Serbia having more than 400 high tech employees (scientists, engineers, computer programmers, and others). Owing to the multidisciplinary approach, the Institute is capable of responding to the major strategic lines of research defined at the national level. The research in the Institute covers the following areas: physics, chemistry, biology, energy engineering and technology, radiation and environmental protection, accelerator science and materials science. The Institute incorporates sixteen research laboratories, two research centers, and all the necessary technical services.
Participant URL: http://www.vin.bg.ac.rs/
Dr Snežana Pašalić
RANNIS – Icelandic Centre for Research (governmental agency)
RANNIS – Icelandic Centre for Research – is a governmental agency founded in 2003, located in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The RANNIS reports to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and operates according to the Act on Public Support for Scientific Research (No. 3/2003). The main role is to support research, innovation, education and culture in Iceland. RANNIS cooperates closely with the Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council and provides professional assistance in the preparation and implementation of the national science and technology policy. RANNIS administers competitive funds in the fields of research, innovation, education and culture and strategic research programmes and is also responsible for coordinating and promoting Icelandic participation in European programmes such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and Creative Europe. Another task RANNIS is responsible for is to monitor resources and performance in R&D and promote public awareness of research and innovation, education and culture in Iceland.
Participant URL: www.rannis.is
TC ASCR – Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (non-profit, research)
TC ASCR – Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic – is a non-profit organisation located in Prague, Czech Republic and was founded in 1994.
TC ASCR supports the participation of the Czech Republic in the European Research Area, provides a wide range of services to research organisations and entrepreneurs to participate in cooperative research projects in particular through Framework Programmes, prepares analytical and conceptual studies for research and development, performs international technology transfers, and supports the creation and development of small innovation firms.
Participant URL: http://www.tc.cz/en