Slovak Research and Development Agency (SRDA) is the research and development grant agency in the Slovak Republic. It was established by the Act No.172/2005 in July 2005.
Main objectives of the Agency are following :
a) support basic research of superior quality, applied research and development in all science disciplines and technology including support of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research based on top quality,
b) provide development and implementation of new forms of research support in the Slovak Republic considering increase of interaction between basic and applied research and development, and moreover considering an increase of society awareness about importance of research and development,
c) provide development and implementation of new programs and forms of support in area of international cooperation in research and development, and also support participation of research and development organizations in the Slovak Republic in area of the European programs and research and development initiatives,
d) support research and development from corresponding funds of the European Union,
e) provide propagation of research and development results within the Slovak Republic and support deepening of understanding between research and society,
f) provide statements and analyses within area of competence to central bodies of the state administrative, the National Council of the Slovak Republic and to advisory bodies of the government of the Slovak Republic,
g) cooperate with the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic regarding preparation and implementation of state scientific, research and development policy.
The Agency may further:
a) enter into common programs with partner organizations in the Slovak Republic and abroad,
b) realize or cooperate on realization of projects that are focused on research and development support, program coordination and other support activities.. These projects should be financed from sources outside the Agency‘s budget,
c) support research and development from sources outside budget category of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic (e.g. other bodies of the state administration, private sources) that are based on individual agreements concluded between the agency and financial support provider,
d) provide and ensure education in area of scientific, research and development policy.
SRDA is the instrument for distribution of public finances for research and development on the competitive basis in Slovakia. SRDA is responsible for research and development promotion in all research fields, including international research cooperation.