ICCS/NTUA forms the research arm of SECE/NTUA acquiring its funding resources from the European Commission (EC), the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT), various Greek Public Bodies and the Industry. Funding is obtained through: (i) participation in competitive calls announced by the EC or GSRT and the positive evaluation of the submitted research proposals by independent experts (ii) contracts for the provision of research and development services according to the requirements of Greek Public Organizations and/or Greek Industry. In most cases the calls for research proposals require the collaborative participation, in a consortium form, of other research organizations, universities or industrial partners. Positive proposal evaluation ends up to a funded research project with clear and specific goals that will be implemented by a multi-party consortium, where ICCS/NTUA might undertake the leadership of the project, participating with the role of the project coordinator, or might participate as a regular beneficiary of the consortium.
Evidently, the level of the acquired funding resources, the categorization of funded projects and the modalities of participation in those projects constitute a set of significant tools for the qualitative and quantitative assessment of the performance of the Institute as well as of the impact of its activities, from a perspective related with external perspective or context. Similarly, evaluation of the intrinsic impact of the received funding can be based on the analysis of the categories and age of ICCS/NTUA research staff.
The reference time window is the period 2006-2015, was selected for the following reasons:
- Within this period consolidated statistical data are readily available, especially as far as the European Research Frameworks are concerned. Moreover those consolidated data are in reference to all the universities and research institutions of the EU member states, a fact that not only facilitates the analysis of ICCS/NTUA performance itself but also enables its correlation and comparison with other similar organizations, in a robust and consistent manner.
- Facilitates the analysis for the time periods of the various European Research Framework programs and the identification of any transient discontinuities arising during the starting and ending periods of these programs.
- Allows the assessment of the performed analysis under the prism of a major circumstance for the country: the ongoing financial crisis and recession that initiated in the beginning of 2010.
In conclusion the operation of ICCS/NTUA can only be described as an overwhelming success. Over the 10 year span considered here ICCS/NTUA has continued to develop and mature as the research arm of SECE-NTUA. It has managed to develop a stable ecosystem that has managed to support the research endeavor of in excess of 500 highly educated and skilled set of young engineers and scientists either towards their PhD degrees or beyond. It has also managed to weather well the financial storm hitting Greece for the past 6 years. By and large the constituent research teams under the umbrella of ICCS/NTUA have continued to operate and to be successful in proposing and having their proposals accepted by the funding organizations and industry.
During the period 2006-2015, the primary funding source for the research activities of ICCS/NTUA has been the EC. The EC has provided 79% of the research funding and it was followed by research service contracts with industry (16%) and finally by national research authorities funding (5%). ICCS/NTUA participated in 472 projects funded by the EC with a total budget for ICCS/NTUA exceeding 116 MEURO in total and in the same period it coordinated 77 projects with a total project budget of 132 MEURO and an ICCS/NTUA budget of 37 MEURO.