During Horizon 2020, Cyprus recorded a major success in securing funding for setting-up new Centres of Excellence or to significantly upgrade existing ones. The funding was secured through the competitive processes of the “Teaming for Excellence” Program, one of the major instruments of the “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation” Program.
More specifically, Cyprus currently secured EU funding for six Centres of Excellence. The support is of up to 15 million Euro for each of the successful Centres, while at the same time the Republic of Cyprus committed to match the funding with additional 15 million Euros for each Centre as well.
It should be highlighted that for the «Teaming for Excellence» Programme, Cyprus is listed first amongst EU counterparts when referring to securing funding. RIF provided pre-screening and advisory services for most of the proposals submitted, while all proposals received a letter of commitment from the Republic of Cyprus regarding the additional financial support channelled through national sources.
A two-stage submission and review procedure was followed, where during the first Phase the successful applications received funding of 400,000-500,000 to develop a Business Plan. During the second Phase, proposals submitted included the elaborated Business Plans for the development and operation of the Centres of Excellence.
“Teaming for Excellence” aims at linking advanced scientific institutions with institutions from R&I low-performing (or Widening) Countries, with the aim of establishing new Centres of Excellence or to radically upgrade existing ones operating at the Widening Countries.
The Centres of Excellence are briefly described as follows:
KIOS Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence (KIOS CoE)
The KIOS Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence conducts Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) oriented research, with emphasis on the monitoring, control, security and management of critical Infrastructure Systems.
RISE Centre of Excellence
RISE Centre of Excellence focuses on ICT-oriented research and innovation activities in the areas of interactive media, smart systems, and emerging technologies.
EMME-CARE Centre of Excellence
The «Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East – Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre (ΕΜΜΕ-CARE)» aims at upgrading and expanding to a Research and Innovation Centre focusing on climate and atmospheric research and the environment.
CMMI / MARITEC-X Centre of Excellence
CMMI / MARITEC-X aims to establish «Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute – CMMI», as an international scientific and entrepreneurial Centre of Excellence in the areas of marine and maritime research.
CY-BIOBANK Centre of Excellence
The Biobanking and the Cyprus Human Genome Project (CY-BIOBANK) aims to upgrade existing infrastructure to a modern Biobank and research infrastructure for the human genome with multiple health applications.
EXCELSIOR ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence
EXCELSIOR: ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment aims to develop existing infrastructure to a Center focused in the research areas of earth observation, geospatial information and space applications.