RANNIS – Iceland
The Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS) supports research, innovation, education and culture in Iceland. RANNIS cooperates closely with the Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council and provides professional assistance in the preparation and implementation of the national science and technology policy.
For the fiscal year 2022 the national budget for competitive funding administered by RANNIS is 33 M€ for research and 29 M€ for innovation. RANNIS also certifies research and innovation projects in companies which are estimated to receive 80 M€ in tax deductions in 2022.
The main functions of RANNIS are the following:
RANNIS administers competitive funds in the fields og research, innovation, education and culture, as well as strategic research programmes. This includes the Research Fund, the Infrastructure fund, Targeted Research Programme and the Technology Development Fund. Each of the funds is governed by a Board of Directors, the allocation of grants being subject to extensive peer review processes. Since February 1, 2022 RANNIS and all research and innovation funds are the responsibility of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation.
RANNIS monitors resources and performance in R&D and promotes public awareness of research and innovation, education and culture in Iceland. RANNIS participates in international benchmarking of the results.
RANNIS is actively providing the Science and Technology Policy Council and its subcommittees with information on scientific research and technology development nationally and internationally as a basis for the policy making process.
RANNIS has a staff of 60 persons
Agust H. Ingthorsson
The Icelandic Center for Research