National Elite Foundation
The aim of this foundation is to plan and work for identifying, guidance as well as moral and material support to elites, absorbing and protecting them and to engage them in science and technology development of the country in order to gain a better status for the country in terms of science, technology and economy within the region based on the 2025 vision.
The tasks of the foundation are
1- Policymaking and planning
a) Offering material and moral support to the elites of the country
b) Identifying leadership and supporting elites in order to promote science generation
c) Explore, absorb and develop talents and supporting those with eligible scientific qualities
d) Support elites who are ready for conducting research and entrepreneurial activities
2- Coordination among organizations related to elites in order to have more supervision on the activities for better implementation of the adopted policies and programs
3- Help provide needed facilities for easy access of elites to global research and technology transfer into the country in line with the aim of developing the scientific status of the country
4- Help elites to take part in scientific conferences inside and abroad
5- Create a global network for Iranian elites inside and those living abroad
The foundation has an independent entity and is only under supervision of the President of the country based on the statutes. The head of the foundation is the Vice- President.
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Iran Foreign Investment Organization
Focus and regulate works related to foreign investments made in Iranian investment made abroad and offering grants and credits to governments, foreign and international institutes and offering economic and technical assistance and all forms of loan and credits from foreign entities.
1- Attract foreign investment and determine maximum foreign participation in various areas of investment in Iran
2- Involve in Iranian investment in foreign countries, buy and sell and change into stock and signing in the contracts
3- Involve in economic assistance and granting loans and grants to governments and international institutes
4- Involve in receiving foreign loans and grants from abroad
5-Receive installment of the loans and credits and their interest rate other commissions related to loans received from abroad
6-Returning of actual loans and credits with interest fee and other related costs
7-Regulate and monitor technical assistance offered to foreign entities in collaboration with associated organizations
8- Collaboration with international funds in regards to loans and credits allocated to governments and foreign institutes
9- Monitoring proper implementation of contracts related to loans and credits and financing
10- Monitoring proper implementation of contracts for receiving loans and credits by the government
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National Researchers Fund
This fund has an independent entity located in the IRI Presidency office.
The aim of this fund is to offer financial support to Iranian researchers, legal or individual, inside or outside the country (priority goes to Iranian researchers) in order to flourish research activities for the benefit of science and technology development.
The fund supports those types of research projects which are to overcome the needs of the country. The specialized committees of the fund are bound to support those types of research activities that cover a range of different areas compatible with time and advantage. The fund endeavors to develop intellectual property and commercialization of the research results and to reduce research and development gaps and bridge the gap between the industry and science in a scientific and correct way.
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Electronics R&D Fund
Electronic R&D Fund is a government company affiliated to ministry of industries and mining with the major task of supporting electronics R&D development in private and cooperative sectors in the form of grants or low interest rate funds. This fund is active in VCs and services, surety bond issuance, financing R&D activities in the area of electronics industries in the following areas:
1- Purchase, transfer, attract and develop advanced technologies
2- Study and research in fundamental, applicable and advanced levels
3- Short term professional training courses
4- Design and engineering services
5- Services and production line projects at micro scale and industrial level
6- Taking part in Bids, foreign and domestic conferences and expos
7- Create grounds for information dissemination and know how
8- Expand international economic and technical cooperation
9- Attract foreign and domestic capital
Automation, computers, optic electronics, electronics spare part, consumable electronics, and applicable electronics are parts of the industries that are supported by the fund.
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Principle tasks and objectives of the Vice- President for Science and Technology
1- Promote national prominence, wealth generation and increase life quality of the nation through technology and innovation development
2- Promote national innovation system and fulfilling its relevant aspects
3- Develop knowledge - based economy through coordination, synergy and collaboration between different organs
4- Promote link between knowledge with industry and society through facilitation of supply and demand exchange in technology and innovation areas
5- Commercialization of technology achievements and development of knowledge –based companies
6- Develop strategic technologies and national priorities and science diplomacy development
7- Develop international relations in the field of science, technology and innovation as well as scientific and technological diplomacy
1- Planning coordination in the national innovation system in order to achieve knowledge – based economy
2- Coordination and synergy among national development plans and micro scale policies for science and technology development
3- Policy making and planning for funding in the science and technology development at national level
4- Targeting, leadership and development of functional, demand-based research and assist to commercialize their results
5- Technology development, improve commercialization trend and support knowledge based companies and engineering companies
6- Support R&D activities and promote technology management in knowledge based companies
7- Future-looking and detection of technology, development of information centers and creating tech markets
8-Support and improve innovative, scientific and technology backbone of the country
9- Promote technology entrepreneurship and improve business and directing national capital for producing knowledge-based products and services
10- Develop Venture Capital mechanisms and financing knowledge-based economy
11- Help promote intellectual property system and standardization in science, technology and innovation
12- Help promote media activities and dissemination of science and technology
13- Support establishment of private machineries for production and development of export commodities and knowledge based services
14- Undertake measures to develop priorities in science and technology existing in the scientific road map at national level
15- Lead strategic technology initiatives and centers dealing with knowledge, industry and market
16- Support penetration of advanced technologies in the existing industries and conduct micro scale technology and innovation projects for overcoming requirements at national level
17- Demand incentive, marketing and guaranteeing market for national products and export of commodities and knowledge- based services
18- Develop science and technology diplomacy and international communication and development of foreign investment in knowledge based projects , guiding human and financial capital of Iranians living abroad and development of international networking on science and technology in particular in the Muslim world and collaboration in this regard
19- Trigger international opportunities in order to develop technology in particular, for identifying and having access to newly emerged technologies through relevant coordination
20-Develop identifying, attraction, transfer and dissemination process for technology at national level and coordination in this regard with relevant organizations
Innovation fund was established to provide financial supports for knowledge-based companies and to commercialize innovations and inventions.
The activity of the fund is defined as:
1- Estimation of the financial resources needed and to maintain them through governmental support, annual budget, financial assistance, investment profit and interest fee, income gained from investment and deposit of funds and other resources in line with the objectives of the fund.
2- Receive any form of facilities and attracting participation from banks and financial institutes
3- Examine the financial status of knowledge-based companies in order to offer those grants
4- Offer financial services to knowledge - based companies in the form of grants and subsidies and short term and long term loans and providing surety bond direct and indirect services
5- Venture capital in the commercialization stage of projects and knowledge- based activities in the form of direct and indirect assistance and grants
6- Identify and choose brokerage network for offering services and facilities supported by the fund
7- Financial assistance and support institutions that support commercialization of technology products and innovation and services to empower these companies
9- Monitor the various stages of funds allocations offered to companies
10 - Collaboration with domestic and foreign institutions
11- Optimum management of resources to protect the value of the fund
12- Conduct all forms of activities that meet the goal of the fund
13- Other financial support based on the agreements made by the board of trustees
Presidential Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation
Iranian Presidential Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation (CITC) started its activities decades before, with the aim of providing scientific and industrial consultations to the policy makers. CITC promote international technological cooperation with other nations. Viewing the role of Technology in economic growth and welfare, this center supports the development of the new technologies aiming to promote knowledge-based economy
- Participation in Technology Policy making
- Establishing Technology analysis network
- Establishing Technology related institutions
- Optimization of Innovation development process and its efficiency
- Promotion of international technology cooperation
- Commercialization and export of knowledge –based products
-Implementing technology – diplomacy aiming to develop technology export opportunities, and presenting Technology achievements
National Elites Foundation
National Elites Foundation is an Iranian governmental organization founded on May 31, 2005 by approval of the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council of Iran. The main purpose of the foundation is to recognize, organize and support Iran's national talents. Members of the foundation include all who show exceptionally high intellectual capacity, academic aptitude, creative ability and artistic talents, specially contributors in promotion of global science and highly cited scientists and researchers. Iran National Elites Foundation (INEF) is a statewide organization and composed of members with good scientific and executive background.
There are various supports that the organization provides for its members,including financial, material and pastoral based supports. For instance, there are low-interest or gratuitous loans, provision of rare sources and laboratory facilities, giving the members the opportunity to take part in national/priority projects, aiding the members to commercialize their innovations or enhance them to reach the policy level, as well as other similar support services and networking opportunities.
Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC)
Trade Promotion Organization (TPO)
TPOs functions including; promotion, facilitation, information, and administration, provide support for the business community. The three core functions of trade policy, trade promotion, and trade facilitation will provide support to build productive capacities, upgrade industrial and agro-technologies, and expand exports and markets. In pursuit of those objectives and in view of the leading role of TPOs in preparing new policies and providing supporting facilities needed to develop a comprehensive infrastructure for the foreign trade, the Export Promotion Center of Iran (EPCI) with nearly four decades of hands-on experience in promoting the Non-Oil Export was restructured in 2004 and took up its new mandate as"Iran Trade Promotion Organization”.
Organization for Investment Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran
The OIETAI was founded in June 1975 to conduct and perform a host of activities which, before its establishment, were delegated to different government agencies. The activities mandated to the OIETAI have all an external nature with global international affairs. It ranges from investment to financing as well as from bilateral to regional and international relations.
The president of the Organization is ex-officio the Deputy Minister for Investments and International Affairs of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance. The Organization performs its duties in accordance with its statutes and such other legislation governing foreign investment in Iran, Iranian investments abroad, external financing whether extending loans and credits to other countries as well as borrowings from international sources, coordinating and expanding relations with other countries and regional, as well as international economic and financial institutions and agencies.
The Organization is legally empowered to represent the central investment promotion authority of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran by providing legal protection and full security to foreign investments by way of facilitating the flow of capital into the country under the new Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPPA) ratified in May 2002.
The General Directorate for Foreign Investments within the Organization is responsible to receive all investment applications as well as issuance of license, conduct of affairs and safeguard all rights and entitlements of foreign investors in approved investment projects, and also to serve the investors by way of assisting, coordinating and facilitating all issues pertaining to their investments throughout the licensing process and ever after.
Being the investment authority, the Organization is also responsible for all transfers and repatriation affairs of the foreign investments as well as all arrangements and conduct of negotiations related to the bilateral and multilateral agreements for the promotion and reciprocal protection of investments ( BITs ) with other governments and international organizations. At present 47 BIT agreements have been signed with most of the European, South-East Asian, and neighboring countries as well as countries of the Middle East, and North and South Africa, notwithstanding the current negotiations underway with a large number of countries in the globe.