The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) is a public body of the Central Administration with the mission to promote quality and leadership for higher education, research, development and innovation. UEFISCDI plays both roles as a higher education funding agency and as a main actor in funding research, development and innovation in Romania, managing or entirely, four out of the five programmes of the National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation 2015-2020 (PN III). Along with this main role, UEFISCDI actively supports and provides advice for science, research and innovation policies targeting various types of research and innovation activities (exploratory and applied research, innovation, technology transfer and foresight.
Apart from financing and supporting research and innovation nationally, UEFISCDI is a promoter of international collaboration in science and excellent research, aligning its activities and particular priorities in this respect with Science Europe’s areas of policy activities and ERA’s objectives. From this perspective, it is worth noting UEFISCDI is also a promoter of open science and open access, and has been the Romanian key-node in the European project PASTEUR4OA and is now a close collaborator of the OpenAIRE initiative.