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.
RANNIS administers competitive funds in the fields of research, innovation, education and culture, as well as strategic research programmes.
RANNIS coordinates and promotes Icelandic participation in European programmes such, as Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and Creative Europe.
RANNIS monitors resources and performance in R&D and promotes public awareness of research and innovation, education and culture in Iceland.
RANNIS reports to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and operates according to the Act on Public Support for Scientific Research (No. 3/2003). Hallgrímur Jónasson is the General Director of RANNIS.
At the end of 2018, RANNIS had a permanent staff of 49 occupying 47,25 full-time equivalent positions. Apart from the regular staff, RANNIS also relies on the involvement of external contacts, including scientists and technical experts who assist in the evaluation of grant proposals.