Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)
Who are they?
The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) is a public body of the Central Administration with the mission to promote quality and leadership for higher education, research, development and innovation. UEFISCDI plays both roles of a higher education funding agency and as a main actor in funding research, development and innovation in Romania. UEFISCDI manages, partially or entirely, four out of the five programmes of the National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation 2015-2020 (PN III), as follows: „The development of the National Research and Development System”, „Increase competitiveness of the Romanian Economy through Research, Development and Innovation”, „European and International Cooperation”, „Fundamental and Frontier Research” (www.uefiscdi.gov.ro).
Along with this main role, UEFISCDI actively supports and provides advice for science, research and innovation policies targeting various types of research and innovation activities (exploratory and applied research, innovation, technology transfer and foresight). UEFISCDI constantly strives for achieving quality, leadership and institutional development in the research and innovation area by implementing forward-looking projects targeting, among others, future and internationalization of higher education, science, innovation and research infrastructures, ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the RDI system, enabling circulation of knowledge. In this respect, UEFISCDI has gained a large experience by implementing many international projects under South-East Europe, EE INTERREG IVC, FP7 and H2020.
Apart from funding and supporting research and innovation at national level, UEFISCDI is a promoter of international collaboration in science and excellent research. Aligned with Science Europe’s areas of policy activities and ERA’s objectives, UEFISCDI developed and hosts ERRIS (Engage in the Romanian Research Infrastructure System), the online platform acting as the unique gate to accessing services provided by the Romanian research infrastructures, connecting the research infrastructure owners with potential ‘clients’ (researchers and company representatives). Through ERRIS, UEFISCDI intends to increase visibility and enhance international collaboration between research infrastructures thus supporting cross-border science being also a key tool used in the process of setting up RI Roadmap https://erris.gov.ro.
Another action in supporting research and science communication is the current development of the online community of actors - Brain Map - which intends to promote and share research results, innovative products, services, to facilitate collaborations and project funding opportunities using advance data analytics, cognitive computing and open data https://www.brainmap.ro/
Having a strong interest for international cooperation and fostering European research, UEFISCDI collaborated and became a partner over time with Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Agence Nationale de la Recherche - ANR (France), RNC Norway & RANNIS Iceland (UEFISCDI is appointed as Programme operator for EEA & Norway Financial Mecanisms 2014-2021), as well with The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and, outside Europe, National Science Foundation (NSF). The Agency is actively participating in 37 ERA-NET/ERA-NET Cofund projects.
How are they involved in SUSFOOD?
UEFISCDI has been involved in all SUSFOOD calls starting from 2012. From the first two call, UEFISCDI funded one project (OATPRO) and from the 3rd call of SUSFOOD2 ERA-NET Cofund we are funding project SUSCHOICE. Presently UEFISCDI is participating in the 4th call, namely Susfood2 & Core Organic Cofund Joint call.
Who is involved: Adrian Asanica and Luciana Bratu