In compliance with a invitation from the Secretary of State for Science
(dated 1 October 2014), this section provides information on the principles
guiding the enactment of the support fund for the strategic
restructuring of R&D Units.
As announced by the Minister for Education and Science, a special fund to support the strategic restructuring of research units has been set up. This fund will be available to those research units that demonstrated good potential for development and international competitiveness in the 2013 review, but did not obtain a grade that allows them to benefit from strategic funding (that is, did not go through to Phase 2). The aim of this fund is to support the necessary reorganisation of these units, so as to increase their international scientific competitiveness, for the 2017 mid-term review.
By governmental decision, access to the restructuring fund will continue to be based on criteria of scientific merit, which in brief will entail the following:
Whenever applicable, the plan submitted by each unit may be accompanied by a statement from the rector or president of the university or polytechnic institute that the unit belongs to, on the relevance of the unit to the institutional strategy. In case several units belong to the same institution, the strategic relevance of each should be clearly emphasised.