Background Information: Key Institutions

What are "Key Institutions"? How were they selected for this database? Find out more below.

What are "Key Institutions"?

By "Key National Research Institutions" (short: "Key Institutions") in EECA countries we understand public or private research units which are centred around a specific scientific field such as scientific institutes, national research centres (or institutes thereof), faculties/institutes of universities, independent laboratories or other respective organisations which

  • are nationally important research organisations that have a capacity to perform RTD tasks of a national and international importance;
  • have sufficient research potential in their field of science as reflected in international and national scientific publications or patents or other outcome;
  • have capacity to implement joint research projects with EU MS/AC organisations (have participated in international research projects or are prepared to participate in the future). This includes communication skills of scientists in English;
  • even if not yet active in the research cooperation with EU, have unique regional research expertise (e.g., Central Asian Institute for applied Geosciences in Kyrgystan (CAIAG, joint institution financed by the German Research Centre for Geosciences, GFZ, Potsdam and the Kyrgyzian government) and/or own or use unique research infrastructure (specific equipment for research or databases/library/archives) that are of interest to potential European partners

How were "Key Institutions" identified?

"Key National Research Institutions" (short: "Key Institutions") have been identified first of all by project experts at Archimedes based on

  1. Publications in international peer-reviewed journals – organisations with at least 5 international publications were added to the list of “potential key national research institutions”;
  2. Participation in international projects with organisations from the EU in the following programmes - FP6, FP7, INTAS, TACIS, COST, EUREKA, ISTC, STCU, other (NATO, American foundations) during the periof of 2002 - 2008.

Based on (1) and (2) a list of potential key national research institutions in EECA region has been compiled. The list further was sent to Regional Coordinators in EECA countries who corrected names of research institutions in their countries, added contact and other information as well as added “nationally important” research institutions which did not yet participate in any of the international research cooperation programmes but according to the expert assessment of the regional coordinators were nationally important research institutions that should be considered as potential future partners in the international research cooperation.