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VIETNAM NATIONAL FOUNDATION
FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
www.nafosted.vn

 

NAFOSTED’s Organization:
• Foundation Council (Board of Trustees)
--  9 members - representatives from the scientific community and Government authorities, convene at least 4 times a year.
-- Decision makers on Policies, Strategic plans and funding.
-- Approval of annual budget and all funding rules.
• Scientific Committees
-- Assessment of grant proposals (based on external referee reports)
-- Supervision of scientific quality
• Executive Office
-- Preparation and Execution of decisions made by the Foundation Council
-- Monitoring all administrative and financial works related to grant decisions and their implementation.
Key features:
• Established by the Government as a funding agency to support research and innovation
• Officially inaugurated in March 2008
• Independent on  policy &  funding decisions. Administratively belonging to MOST (political influence mainly on overall budget)
• Budget: US$ 10mil. (2009); 12mil. (2010); 20mil. (2011)
• Principles: peer-review, competition
• A promising instrument of Vietnam for funding free & targeted research and nurturing young scientists.
Missions:
• Create and sustain a conducive research environment
• Promote research and innovation in academic & research institutions of Vietnam
• Nuture the creative abilities of Vietnam’s most promising researchers and reseach groups
• Promote int’l cooperation in scientific research
• Promote linkage between academic / research institutions and industry
Policy of support:
 All fields of science:
• Mathematics, Computer & Information sciences
• Physical sciences
• Chemistry
• Biological sciences
• Medical & Health sciences
• Engineering
• Material research
• Agricultural sciences & engineering
• Environmental, Ecological  and Geosciences
• Social and Economic sciences
Funding opportunities:
• Investigator-initiated research: projects
• Targeted research: projects within specific target-oriented R&D programs
• Funding for individuals: fellowship for research/ training abroad
• Conference grants: int’l conferences, symposiums
• Publication grants
• International cooperative research projects (Bilateral agreement-based joint funding).
Figures (2009 – 2010):
Key figures for 2009-2010:
• Research projects supported by NAFOSTED:   530
• International scientific conferences: 18
• Post-doc fellowships:  16
• Scientists supported by NAFOSTED:   3.500
• Supporting SMEs:   48
• Grants approved (by Dec 2010):  US$ 21 mil.

International Relations:
 Bilateral partnerships: DFG (German), FWO (Flanders),  KOSEF (Korea),
Uni. f Missouri , NSF (US),  JSPS (Japan),  RFBR (Russia), FWO (Belgium),..

Research council cooperation:
 Sharing Research management practices:
• Planning and Setting priorities for research
• Grant proposal assessment/ selection
• Research monitoring & evaluation
• Allocation of research funds
• Dissemination and management of research results
 Joint funding programs:
• Bilateral Agreement based
• Mutual interests and benefits
• Cost sharing
• Joint coordination and management

 


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