The framework for research in Cyprus is set by national research and transport policy. The key elements of government research policy are set out in the Strategic Development Plan and in the Revised National Reform Programme of the Republic of Cyprus. Thematic areas considered to be of importance are:
- Information and communication technologies
- Bio-related sciences
- Social sciences.
Cyprus does not prepare National Transport Plans but transport policies are published as part of various Government policy publications. The main document for the transport sector is the Strategic Development Plan of Cyprus, which contains the national strategies for various economic sectors including transport.
The National Research and Innovation Council is responsible for drawing up long-term policy on research, technology development and innovation. The Council supports the government in consultations on all policy and strategies related to research.
The Planning Bureau coordinates and administers the preparation of long-term policies on research and innovation. In addition, the Bureau is responsible for implementing the EU Cohesion Policy in Cyprus and is the managing authority for the Operational Programmes co-funded by the EU Cohesion Fund.
Research policy is implemented through the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, which has the task of designing research programmes and approving research projects. The foundation periodically organises funding for specific thematic areas.
The Ministries play a considerable role in formulating thematic research policy, particularly the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment. Overall responsibility for formulating national transport policies lies with the Ministry of Communications and Works. Urban transport policies are also partly formulated by the Ministry of Interior’s Department of Town Planning and Housing in the formulation and publication of urban plans.
Currently, there is no national research funding framework specifically targeting transport. Consequently, transport related research is funded through the national Research and Development agenda. The Government is the main source of institutional funding. At present, most transport research is funded by the annual financing programmes announced by the Research Promotion Foundation. In addition, some funds for transport research are available in the universities and through dedicated EU programmes.
Organisations responsible for the institutional framework and funding: