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RPF (Cyprus)

by Federico Zemborain - published on , updated on

RPF (Cyprus)

Founded in 1996, the Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) was established at the initiative of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, to promote scientific and technological research in Cyprus. RPF is an independent organisation governed by a thirteen-member Board of Directors, appointed by the Council of Ministers for a five-year period. RPF is the only national research and innovation funding agency of Cyprus. RPF’s core objective is the promotion of research and innovation activities in Cyprus. In this respect, RPF has developed a wide range of activities, which fall under two main categories:

(a) Promoting the Participation in European Research and Innovation Programmes and other Initiatives. The Foundation is responsible for the participation of Cypriot organisations and scientists in European research and innovation programmes (Framework Programme, CIP, COST, EUREKA), the cooperation with international organisations supporting research activities and the preparation and implementation of bilateral RTD agreements / protocols between Cyprus and other countries. The Foundation hosts all National Contact Points of the Framework Programme.

(b) Financing Research Projects through the Design and Launching of the National Competitive Programmes. This activity aims primarily at enhancing research, technological development and innovation (RTDI) in Cyprus and moreover at increasing the critical mass of researchers and research projects undertaken in Cyprus. The main instruments for achieving these goals involve the launching of competitive programmes developed and monitored by RPF. The related funds come from the Cyprus government developmental budget and, as from 2007, from the Structural Funds of the European Union.

Since 2003, the Foundation has created an umbrella for its National Programmes, the “National Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Innovation” (DESMI in greek). DESMI includes 18 Programmes and a number of Actions, which fall under 5 Strategic Pillars covering all scientific fields and types of participants (e.g. young researchers, SMEs), supporting the development of research infrastructures and international networking and collaboration.

As a programme owner, the Foundation has been in involved in a number of ERA-NET projects since the 6th Framework Programme and in a number of Joint Programming Initiatives. None of the current Programmes / Actions is solely dedicated to gender issues. However, in the Action “Society” (Thematic Programme “Social, Economic Sciences and Humanities”), gender issues is one of the listed priorities and several projects have been funded over the years. Moreover the Foundation since 2010 represents Cyprus in the Helsinki Group on Women in Science. The Foundation’s intention is to address gender issues in a number of ways (e.g. gendering research contents, specific initiatives encouraging gender equality in research).

Tasks in GENDER-NET:
- Participant to all WPs

Team member:

Eleana Gabriel
Scientific Officer in the European Research Programmes

See online : Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) - Cyprus


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