Partner 34: (RO: Romania) UEFISCDI - Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding

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 (MECS). UEFISCDI was established in July 2010, based on the Governmental Ordinance nr. 74/2010 by merging three organisations with responsibilities for the management and administration of various programs, in the field of higher education, research, development and innovation. UEFISCDI plays the role of executive agency for several advisory councils of the MECS with responsibilities in the fields of higher education, research, development and innovation. UEFISCDI, as Programme Manager, implements, under the supervision of its advisory councils, five out of the six programmes of the National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation 2007-2014 (PN II), i.e.: Human Resources (exploratory research), Ideas (exploratory research), Capacities (research infrastructure), Partnerships in Priority S&T Areas (applied research), Innovation (innovation and
technology transfer).

Between December 2008 and November 2011, UEFISCDI implemented 6 Strategic Projects for Higher Education (funded through European Social Fund). Starting with December 2011 other 3 strategic projects are implementing for completion and consolidation of the results of the previous ones and the improvement of the HE system in Romania. UEFISCDI is involved in 26 international projects, most of them under ERA-NET Scheme FP7/ H2020.

UEFISCDI has strategic partnerships & cooperation agreements with the following organisations:

  • European Science Foundation – ESF
  • Swiss National Science Foundation – SNSF
  • L'Agence nationale de la recherche – ANR
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft –DFG
  • National Science Foundation – NSF , USA
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

UEFISCDI is member of different European associations (EARMA, EARTO), offers support to SMEs by EUREKA, EUROSTARS, and administrates the Romanian participation to the Joint Technology initiatives – JTI/JU.