Executive Unit for Higher Education, R&D&I Funding in Romania

Research Funding Organisation

The organisation

Executive Unit for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) is a public entity of the Central Administration in Romania under the ultimate authority of the Ministry of National Education. UEFIS was established in order to promote quality and leadership for higher education, research, development and innovation. UEFIS supports research and innovation policies, targeting various types of research and innovation activities (exploratory and applied research, innovation and technology transfer).


Status of gender inequalities

Executive Unit for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding highly values gender equality, since it is integrated into its organisational culture. There are common team building activities and teams including both women and men and the organization is trying to have flexible working time for allowing personnel to manage family life. Personnel is committed against sexual harassment and sexist offences and no such issues are present in our organisation. There is equality as concerns salaries between women and men in case of equal work and equal contract conditions. In terms of decision making process, women hold approx. 80% of leadership positions. In particular, there are 100 female employees out of a total number of 162 employees. The percentage of women in middle and top management level is 66% and 80%. The percentage of women in funding decision making bodies is 75%


Existing gender equality policies at a faculty level

UEFIS is a funding organisation for research, development and innovation, implementing part of the National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation 2015-2020 (PN III). There is no formal Gender Equality Plan in UEFIS, however, it takes into consideration gender issues both in the research projects implemented and financed and the gender equality is one of the fourth principles of UEFIS’s work (https://uefiscdi.ro/prezentare-institutionala).