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Funding schemes

The funding schemes for R&D projects can be divided into four main groups.

Research programmes

Research programmes are strategic, targeted and coordinated research initiatives designed to bring forth new knowledge or expertise about a designated thematic area and promote innovation and commercialisation within a designated field.

Independent projects

Independent projects is our key funding instrument for independent, researcher-initiated basic research that is not associated with any specific research programme or infrastructure measure. Independent projects may also be initiated by users.

Infrastructural and institutional measures

The measures comprise basic funding to research institutes and other R&D groups, funding to Centres of Excellence and Centres for Research-based Innovation, and funding for scientific equipment, databases/collections.

Networking measures

These measures comprise strategic initiatives to establish ties between participants in the innovation system, introduction of measures to promote national activities and meeting places, as well as international networking measures.