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RANNIS Iceland






Providing professional assistance in the preparation and implementation of science and technology policy in Iceland.


For the fiscal year 2006 the budget is for the organization 1,7 M€. Budget for the funding operation is 15M€


The main functions of RANNÍS are the following:

·        RANNÍS operates the competitive financial public support system for research and technological development This includes the Research Fund, the Fund for Research Equipment and the Graduate Education Fund under the Ministry of Education, and the Technology Development Fund under the Ministry of Industry. Each of the funds is governed by a  Board of Directors, the allocation of grants being subject to extensive peer review processes.

·        RANNÍS is actively providing the Science and Technology Policy Council and its subcommittees with information on scientific research and technology development nationally and internationally as a basis for the policy making process.

·        RANNÍS coordinates and promotes Icelandic participation in international cooperation in science and technology and interacts with corresponding agencies and research councils in other countries. RANNÍS is the NCP-host organization for 6FP.
·        RANNÍS monitors the resource allocation and performance of R&D, evaluates the results of scientific research, technical development and innovation, and participates in international benchmarking of the results.
·        RANNÍS promotes public awareness of research and innovation in Iceland.

RANNÍS serves the Icelandic science community across all fields of science and humanities.


RANNIS has a staff of 25 persons


Thorvald Finnbjörnsson
The Icelandic Center for Research – RANNIS





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