Research Infrastructures: Foresight and Impact

PARTNERS

28 July 2009

P1: Project coordinator:


UEFISCSU - Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior si Cercetarii Stiintifice Universitare (Executive Agency for Higher-Education and Research Funding) - www.uefiscsu.ro

The Executive Agency for Higher Education and Research Funding (UEFISCSU) is a public body of the Central Administration under the ultimate authority of Ministry of Education, Research and Youth. It acts both as executive agency for the National Higher Education Funding Council (dealing with funding of higher education) and for the National University Research Council. Both councils are consultative bodies of the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth.

P2:

ANCS - Autoritatea Nationala pentru Cercetare Stiintifica (National Authority for Scientific Research) - www.ancs.ro

The National Authority for Scientific Research (ANCS) is the main public authority responsible for the governmental policies in the field of R&D and innovation in Romania. ANCS is in charge with the elaboration and the implementation of the national RDI strategy and the national programmes for RDI. Through the Directorate General Intermediate Body for Research ANCS is implementing the RDI priority axis of the SOP-Increase of the Economic Competitiveness, financed from structural funds.


P3:
FMMC - F.M. MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY - www.fmmc.ro/news.php

FM Management Consultancy SRL (FMMC) is a private company on the Romanian consultancy market having the mission to provide complete consultancy services to its clients (SMEs, RTDs, authorities, Universities) according to their needs. The company experience is based on the extensive experience achieved along the time through intensive participation to proposals writing and projects implementing under various financing schemes (PHARE, SAPARD, FP5, FP6, World Bank, SAVE I si II, YOUTH and Leonardo da Vinci). At national level FMMC is one of the providers of consulting services for research community and SMEs sector in order to elaborate financial proposals and studies to be financed by Structural Funds.

P4: INTERGROUP - INTERGROUP ENGINEERING SRL - http://www.intergroup.ro/

Intergroup Engineering is a private company providing consultancy and design services to its various beneficiaries (Central Authorities, Local Authorities, SMEs, Public Institutions, etc). The main projects developed are related either to municipal infrastructure (water/wastewater systems, solid waste management systems, roads and bridges), either to RI infrastructures. The consultancy services are covering a wide range of expertise, such as: planning at the level at strategy / master plan, technical studies, cost benefit analysis including socio-economic impact analysis and quantification of externalities, detailed design,i nstitutional assessments, environmental impact studies, preparation of grant applications, etc.


P5: IEM - Institutul de Economie Mondiala (Institute of World Economy) - http://www.iem.ro/

The Institute of World Economy (Institutul de Economie Mondiala- IEM) functioning under the Romanian Academy is the largest institute of economic research in Romania. Annual or multi-annual programmes coordinated by IEM as part of basic programmes of the Romanian Academy are related to the majority of macroeconomic domains, approached through the perspective of integrating Romanian economy in global economy. Additionally, IEM carries a large number of research projects mainly regarding sectoral competitiveness and knowledge based economy (i.e. research policies, information society and human capital development). Through the department Competitiveness and Innovation IEM has been involved in a set of projects regarding RD policies and foresight exercises.

P6: BBSS AD - Balkan British Social Surveys AD


The Balkan British Social Surveys AD - BBSS AD (hereafter referred to as "BBSS AD" or the "Agency") is founded in 1991 under the Commercial Law of Bulgaria as a joint venture with Social Surveys Ltd of London, UK. The Agency is among the first privately owned independent market, social and opinion Research Companies in Bulgaria.  BBSS AD is a full service company in the field of social, political, environmental and market research, analysis, evaluations and consultancy. It performs on-going and up-to-date reporting and in-depth analysis on market, social, political, environmental and economic trends. It provides value-added consulting services for the needs of organizations (including government, not for profit and commercial organizations) operating in the region. It also performs an integration of the analysis of the socio-economic, environmental and political issues in the larger European and global contexts.

P7: IME - Institute for Market Economy - http://www.ime-bg.org/

Institute for Market Economy is the first and oldest independent economic policy think tank in Bulgaria. Its mission is to elaborate and advocate market-based solutions to challenges citizens of Bulgaria and the region face in reforms. IME objectives are to provide:

P8: MES - Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science - http://www.minedu.government.bg

The Ministry of Education and Science (MES) is the main public authority responsible with science policies and research funding. The MES supports activities, programmes and projects, which are focused on encouraging scientific research in the Republic of Bulgaria.
The activities of the MES are: initiating, supporting and carrying out activities for the advancement of science, innovation and technology; preparing and participating in scientific projects under regional, European and international programmes; acting as consultant and expert in activities for the preparative, administrative and financial management of projects
under regional and international programs and initiatives; supporting databases, electronic libraries and disseminating information for previous and current regional, European and international scientific programs and initiatives; and organising and hosting international events (conferences, seminars) in the fields of education, science and technology. The Department for Scientific research and analyses is responsible for the coordination of specialized programmes of the MES for upgrading and modernization of national research infrastructure. The department is responsible for the ESFRI activities coordination and participates actively in the regional research infrastructure working group.

P9: SU NIS - Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridsky" - http://www.uni-sofia.bg/

The Department of Meteorology and Geophysics of the University of Sofia was established
in 1846. The fields of expertise of the Physical Oceanography Group in the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics include coastal and shelf sea oceanography, integrated coastal zone management, marine biogeochemistry and modelling of marine environment, climate modelling, dynamics of atmosphere and oceans.

P10: IAC - Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias - http://www.iac.es/

This is one of the most important institutes in its field and it is a meeting point for the international astronomy community. Its Research Program includes both research and technological development projects. It has two astronomy observatories. It concurrently coordinates its work with the Canary Islands Giant Telescope, whose construction is being completed at this time. This is the biggest research project in Spain and the telescope is the most advanced of its kind in the world. This project places an instrument at the disposal of national and international researches that will develop the opportunities provided by the most modern observation techniques.

The IAC is also an advanced technology centre. Apart from its principal purpose of producing astronomical instrumentation, it also develops technological capacities which are applicable to other scientific and technical fields and are of general utility through the IAC's Office for Transfer of Research Results (OTRI). The most important technological challenge the IAC is involved in is the construction of the "Large Canary Islands Telescope" GTC, of over ten meters diameter, which is the largest project of scientific investment in Spanish history and which will be the most advanced of its kind when it enters service in the year
2009.

P11: ARC FUND - http://www.arcfund.net/

Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC Fund) is a non-profit organization established in Sofia in 1991. Today it is one of the leading Bulgarian non-government
organizations (NGOs) working to advance the development of a modern knowledge-based society that harnesses the power of information technologies and innovations. ARC Fund is actively involved in the efforts to shape policies and developments towards information society and knowledge economy in the national and international contexts by:

  •  Conducting applied research and analyses that assist the development andimplementation of public policies;
  • Introducing new policy-making tools, such as foresight;
  •  Promoting public policy consensus by bringing together the key actors in government, industry and civil society, and by forming coalitions and public-private partnerships;

P12: Institute of Oceanology, Bulgarian Academy of Science-IO - http://www.io-bas.bg/

The Institute of Oceanology, BAS, Varna is affiliated to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
The main research activities are focused on the field of coastal dynamics, marine physics, chemistry, geology, biology, ecology, and underwater investigations. Traditionally involved in all aspects of marine research it also offers consulting and expert services, environmental
impact assessment studies, education and training. The total scientific stuff is 56 scientists.

During last five years IO-BAS actively participate in a large number of FP5 and FP6 among which CESUM-BS, ARENA, ASCABOS, Sea-Search, SeaDataNet, SESAME, etc. The IOBAS experts are involved in consulting decision and policy makers for elaboration of environmental friendly regulations and standards for sustainable management of Black Sea living resources at governmental and local authorities' level.

P13: Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste SCPA - http://www.elettra.trieste.it/

Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA (ST) is an Italian non-profit share company controlled by public bodies and recognized of national interest. It has been founded with the strategic goal to promote the creation of capabilities and knowledge related to the production and use of synchrotron radiation within the Italian scientific community in order to contribute to the cultural, social, and economic growth of the country.

ST is hosting the two research infrastructures Elettra and FERMI@Elettra. The free electron laser FERMI@Elettra, a new fourth generation light source, is currently under development and construction. The Italian synchrotron Elettra is one of the brightest third generation light sources in Europe and world-wide in the VUV / soft X-ray range.

The 24 beamlines at Elettra cover a wide variety of fields as physics, chemistry, material science, nanotechnology, environmental science, biology, medicine, micro - and nano - fabrication.

More than 1000 international users benefit each year for their research from Elettra's worldclass facilities.