Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development & Innovation Funding in Romania

Research Funding Organisation

The organisation

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

Committed to equal opportunities principles for all its employees and collaborators, UEFISCDI decided to participate in CALIPER because it is the first initiative that gives the opportunity to create a framework for the existing good practices inside the organisation and outside its boundaries.

The GEP library of UEFISCDI

Internal Assessment

A comprehensive analysis of gender equality related conditions inside Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development & Innovation Funding in Romania

External Assessment

Analysis of external conditions&innovation ecosystems from a gender perspective of Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development&Innovation Funding in Romania

Gender Equality Plan

A set of actions for the impact assessment of procedures to identify gender bias; implement strategies to correct any bias; set targets & monitor progress via indicators

Kit on gender sensitive communication

A kit on how to approach gender sensitive communication in both the institutional paperwork and the every day life of the internal staff

The Research & Innovation Hub of UEFISCDI

What is the R&I Hub?

UEFISCDI has identified external key players of the regional and national innovation ecosystem, including academia and universities, industry players, ministries/government bodies and public sector and civil society organisations to engage them in the GEP process.

Engaging interested and key external stakeholders in the GEP processes can bring gender balance and gender sensitiveness in transfer to market of scientific research results, it motivates young girls to embrace STEM studies, and it promotes gender sensitive co-design of research and tech products.

UEFISCDI works with the external players of the Hub, to implement the collaborative GEP actions.  These actions facilitate institutional change internally, but also initiate a conversation among the regional and national stakeholders, to adopt and implement gender policies in their organisations.

The R&I Hub members

The R&I Hub of UEFISCDI consists of 8 organisations. One of them belongs to the academic community, four are industry players, one is civil society organisation, while two are representatives from the government and the public sector.

GEP Working Group

The GEP Working Group in UEFISCDI is represented by Cafeneaua de Inovare (Innovation Café) team. This initiative was started by UEFISCDI in 2013 as an informal networking framework for entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, public representatives, civil society and academia, to meet and debate in an open space on the newest trends in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship policy development needs.

Strongly connected to the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Romania, Cafeneaua de Inovare has been the host of many national, regional, European and international editions. Moreover, this initiative was recognised by Interreg Europe as a good practice example in Romania at interregional level in the framework of MARIE project.