University of Nicosia Research Foundation

University of Nicosia Foundation (UNRF) is an autonomous, non-for-profit research organization based in Cyprus that was established to provide an independent platform for researchers across the island.

Established in order to provide an independent platform for researchers in Cyprus, its mission is to inspire and to promote knowledge, innovation and development through cutting-edge research. Our organization brings together experienced researchers from around Cyprus, the region and the European Union in a wide range of fields.

Amongst others, UNRF aims to achieve its mission by:

  • assisting in the development and strengthening of the Cyprus Research Area (CyRA);
  • advancing in particular local research and innovation;
  • providing support to its members and advancing its role in society;
  • supporting the development of the knowledge society and human resources within the field of research;
  • improving the quality of life through research;
  • assisting the introduction of Cypriot researchers within international research activities;
  • supporting networking activities amongst its members, at the local and international level together with the development of dynamic networking cooperation.

You can find us at:

Mailing Address: Makedonitissas Avenue 46, P.O. Box 24005, Nicosia 1700, Cyprus

Legal Address: Metochiou 66, Engomi, Nicosia, Cyprus

Telephone: +357-22841656 / +357-22841500

Fax: +357-22355116

Email: [email protected]


In its efforts to build into its own research community but also those around it, UNRF provides the following specific services which stem from its key action definitions:

  • Funded Research
    • Pre-Application
    • Proposal Preparation and Submission
    • Post-award Administration
  • Assistance & Support
  • Conferences
  • Seminars
  • Databases
  • Up-keep of website
  • Administrative

Through its core services UNRF will, within each, inform, engage and support its researchers in an aim to further build the Cyprus Research Area and ultimately the European Research Area. We offer support to:

  • Assist in the write up of research grants
  • Minimise the risk to UNRF by providing procedures for ethics and governance of research
  • Manage the development and implementation of the Research Strategy
  • Develop links between UNRF and private and public sector organisations
  • Develop and carry out cooperative research with external organisations
  • Negotiate agreements and contracts
  • Identify and manage intellectual property
  • Market and license the outcomes of research
  • Start spin-out companies


Its statutes, which reflect this structure, have been purposefully built and streamlined in order to reflect its mission and to serve its aims. Click HERE to download a full copy of our statutes