The ERA.Net RUS consortium included 20 prominent institutes from 10 countries, 13 partners from EU Members States and Associated Countries, 1 partner from the European Commission, and 6 partners from Russia. The Coordinator of the project was the International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which is part of the Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Center.
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) performs a number of different tasks among others in following areas: developing national S&T policy strategies; planning and implementing federal research programmes following national priorities; funding S&T organisations; promotion and funding of international exchange of trainees, students, lecturers and scientists and of scientific-technological cooperation; talent promotion and support of young researchers.
The Zentrum für Soziale Innovation (ZSI) is a trans-disciplinary social scientific research institute, founded as a registered non-profit organisation in 1990. The headquarter is located in Vienna, Austria. It employs around 45 persons, most of them researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, working mainly in inter-disciplinary research fields and on projects. ZSI operations are subdivided into three departments: 1) ‘Work and Equal Opportunities’, 2) ‘Technology and Knowledge’ and 3) ‘Research Policy and Development’.
The Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research is responsible for science and research policy and funding pertaining to universities and universities of applied sciences. The BMWF coordinates Austrian participation in the FP7 and is partner in a wide range of ongoing ERA-Net projects in FP6 as well as in FP7.
Estonian Research Council is a governmental foundation that was established on the basis of Estonian Science Foundation and combined with Research Cooperation Centre, a department from Archimedes Foundation acting as 7th Framework Programme National Contact Point. Estonian Research Council was established to concentrate the funding of R&D and guarantee better functioning of financing systems. Estonian Research Council will be the main funding organization of R&D, consolidating different grants and types of funding and giving research more visibility in the society.
The Academy of Finland is a funding organisation for high-quality scientific research. Its mission is also to serve as an expert in science and science policy, and to strengthen the position of science and research. AKA works to advance the renewal and diversity of research, and supports the extensive application of research results for the benefit of welfare, culture, the economy and the environment.
CNRS is a public basic-research organisation that defines its mission as producing knowledge and making it available to society. It is under the administrative supervision of French Ministry in charge of research. CNRS plays a key role in the French scientific research community. Founded in 1939, the CNRS fully took up its role in fundamental research in 1945. The 1,250 CNRS service and research units are spread throughout the country and cover all fields of scientific research. Most of them are joint units with universities or other research organizations.
The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research prepares and implements the policy of the Government in the field of higher education, research and technology. The ministry prepares the governmental decisions related to the allocation of the State resources in the framework of the civil budget for research and technological development.
The General Administration for International Co-operation and Development has four main missions. 1. to support and facilitate the internationalisation of French research, 2.to contribute to the construction of the European Research Area, 3. to bring active assistance to research entities, universities, administrations and businesses in partner countries, particularly their scientific structures, 4. to participate in the formation of policies concerning development research, with programmes aiming to increase knowledge and capacity building in developing countries and to support the emergence of scientific communities in the South.
The General Secretariat for Research and Technology was founded in 1985. G.S.R.T. is the central Department for the administration of the Greek R&D system which
supports through its programmes 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.
The National Innovation Office (NIH) is the research, development and innovation organization of the Hungarian Government. NIH provides professional support for private and government initiatives aiming to exploit and promote the market access of national R&D results. To this end NIH has a team of analysts and information management experts. NIH supports national and international cooperation, and incents the formation of innovation networks.
The Research Council of Norway plays a central role in Norwegian research. The mandate of the Council is to promote and support basic and applied research in all areas of science, technology, medicine and the humanities. Important goals include raising the general level of the understanding of research in society as a whole and supporting innovation in all sectors and branches of industry.
The first state national research Centre of Russia was established on the basis of the I.V. Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy (former Laboratory 0 2 of the USSR Academy of Sciences founded in 1943) in November 1991 in accordance with Decree of the President of Russia. The Centre is placed under the direct authority of the Government of Russia and does not enter either the Russian Academy of Sciences or any branch Ministry.
The State University – Higher School of Economics is a prominent Russian education and research centre established in 1992 on the initiative of the Russian Government with the purpose of assisting economic reforms in Russia. HSE is a leading university in social sciences and humanities. For Russia, it has become a fundamentally new type of educational institution, which combines university education with academic research, analytical studies, consulting and policy advice. With regard to its specific expertise, HSE is entitled to participate and represent the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (RF) in the ERA.Net RUS project.
The International Centre for Innovations in Science, Technology and Education was founded in November 2006 as a result of the constant raising demand for an institution, that would unite specialists in the sphere of international S&T cooperation. The International Centre for Innovations in Science, Technology and Education (ICISTE) leads in the development and implementation of newly created S&T and educational programmes, in particular for international S&T cooperation with Russia. ICISTE plays an active role in several S&T expert councils and panels within Russia.
A.N.Baсh Institute of Biochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences is the first biochemical institute of the Russian Academy of Science founded in 1935. Today, INBI, RAS represents the Russian Academy of Science (RAS) as one of the major S&T programme owners in Russia. It is a known biochemical scientific Centre in Moscow, Russia.
Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) is a self-governed state nonprofit organisation in the form of a federal organisation controlled by the Government of the Russian Federation. Being a representative of the state, the Foundation provides targeted diversified support to leading groups of scientists regardless of the organisation they represent. Support of initiative scientific research in all the principal directions of fundamental science is carried out strictly on a competition basis after a comprehensive evaluation.
The working group developing the dimension of the S&T international cooperation of the Russian Academy of Sciences on behalf of the Presidium of RAS is hosted by the Koltsov Institute of Developmental Biology (IDB RAS). It is an academic institute whose research focus lies in the field of the experimental biology. It was founded in 1967 as a successor of the Institute of Experimental Biology founded by N.K.Koltzov in 1917. Nowadays, the main research of the institute is carried out on basic mechanisms and regularities of development (differentiation, growth, ageing) of biological systems at molecular, genetic, cellular, organ and organism levels; on elaborating methods and biotechnologies for rational usage and replenishment of biological resources; on developing new approaches to urgent problems of agriculture, medicine, veterinary, fishery, biotechnology, nature protection. The obtained results have been implemented into ecology, medicine, agriculture.
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey is the umbrella organization for the National Contact Point system in Turkey for the Sixth EU Framework Programme. Founded in 1963, TUBITAK is the supreme organization put in charge of promoting, developing, organizing and coordinating research and development in the fields of exact sciences in Turkey in line with the national targets of economic development and technical progress.
The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies is one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). It is located in Seville, Spain. The Institute’s main activities relate to providing strategic support for the conception and development of EU policies.
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(ERA.Net RUS info leaflet 2009-2013) (URL: http://www.bmbf.de/_media/ERA_Net_Flyer_final_for_web.pdf)
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Brochure on the ERA.Net RUS project, incl. all projects funded as a result of the Pilot Joint Calls (URL: http://www.bmbf.de/_media/ERANet-RUS_2012_final_web.pdf)