Centres lead the way to integration
As a contribution to restructuring the science
and technology sectors of the countries concerned, the 34 independent
Centres of Excellence get financial support from the European
Commission in order to bring together theoretical and applied
research in the natural, social and economic sciences, using a
multi-disciplinary approach. The objective is to support the economic
and social development of their region, in conformity with the
interests of the Union as a whole. Their links with other European
research centres are improved through workshops and conferences,
the co-ordination of a research network with other EU and pre-accession
countries, and by visiting fellows (teachers and/or researchers)
from EU and pre-accession countries, etc.
The 34 Centres of Excellence are located in
11 of the 12 pre-accession countries: Poland (9), Hungary (6),
Romania (4), Bulgaria (3), Czech Republic (3), Cyprus (2), Estonia
(2), Slovakia (2), Lithuania (1), Latvia (1) and Slovenia (1).
They cover eight scientific disciplines: biology
(11), ICT (6), physics (5), mathematics (3), engineering (3),
socio-economics (2), medicine (2) and environment (2).
From the 34 Centres of Excellence, 23 are academies,
nine are universities, and there are two other institutes.