Founded in 1996, the Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) was established at the initiative of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, to promote the development of scientific and technological research in Cyprus due to the fundamental importance of research in contemporary societies. During the first years of its operation RPF developed competitive and transparent procedures for the support of quality research projects. Through these initiatives RPF became established as the main funding institution promoting scientific and technological research in Cyprus. During the aforementioned period RPF organised annual programmes for financing research in Cyprus.
A special objective of the Annual Programmes for financing research projects is to promote scientific and technological research.
The main aims of the programme were:
- promoting the development process and improving the quality of life in the wider society of Cyprus
- strengthening the competitiveness of the Cypriot economy
- enhancement of the capacity to conduct high-level domestic research
- promoting participation of Cypriot organisations in international research
DESMH 2006 consisted of 11 different programmes divided into three (3) "Circles of Strategic Objectives". Each "Circle" represented mechanism for implementing RPF’s strategic objective.
The three Circles were the following:
Circle A: " Multidisciplinary Development Research "
Circle B "Development of Industrial Research"
Circle C: "Infrastructure Development and Support of Research"
Funding depended on the budget for each call.
Open to organisations based in Cyprus and abroad, depending on each Call’s restrictions.