As 2022 comes to an end, we mark fifteen years of operations for The Cyprus Institute. Starting in 2007 and with only a handful of employees, The Cyprus Institute has grown tremendously, demonstrating again and again its keen ability to successfully conduct cutting edge scientific research.
Early on, the founders of the institute recognized the unique geopolitical location of Cyprus as the southern and eastern-most state of the European Union, and envisioned CyI as an important research resource to help transform Cyprus into a knowledge-based economy and as a gateway between the European Union and the Eastern Mediterranean - Middle East, advancing the welfare of the island and the region.
Today, CyI boasts almost 300 staff from 30 countries and, to date, we have received competitive funding exceeding 75 million euros from national and international funding sources, many of them prestigious projects funded by the European Union such as a WIDESPREAD Teaming Excellence Center, Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC), European Research Area Chairs (ERA Chairs), Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Joint Doctorates (EJD), and others.
This year, CyI also launched its latest research center, bringing the total number of its fundamental research units to five:
- Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) (Est. 2007)
- Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center (STARC, Est. 2008)
- Computation-Based Science and Technology Research Center (CASTORC, Est. 2008)
- Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C, Est. 2020)
- Science and Technology Driven Policy and Innovation Research Center (STeDI-RC, Est. 2022)
Through our know-how and expertise, we also support the work of the government in areas such as energy policy, tackling the energy and climate crisis, environmental monitoring, archeology and cultural heritage preservation, water resources management, and education.
In parallel with its research direction, the Institute places huge emphasis and actively pursues projects in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship where many of our efforts are already beginning to bear fruit - today we count 5 startups, 3 patents and 10 innovation and entrepreneurship projects, that promote competitiveness, job creation and economic development.
In 2022 in particular, the Institute was highly successful in all aspects of its operations. We received record amount in scientific funding – a total of 13.5 million euros were secured for research projects.
Last but not least, our graduate school has been expanding its graduate program portfolio, now offering six unique postgraduate programs at the Master's and Doctoral level to selected students from all over the world. We currently number 95 students and 20 nationalities, studying in areas such as Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences, Computational Sciences, Simulation and Data Science, and Digital Cultural Heritage.
As 2022 comes to an end, we look forward to a new year with even more successes, and all of us here at The Cyprus Institute send our warmest wishes for the holiday season to our friends and collaborators.