Iran National Science Foundation History
INSF was founded in 2003 with the approval of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution. The need to support researchers and scientists has always been of prime importance to Iran policy makers. Long before INSF was established, Scientific Research Council led by the first Vice President had served to do so. For more than a decade, the INSF has taken meaningful actions to provide support to researchers and scientists. Currently, the INSF works closely with more than 26,000 faculty members of universities and research institutes. The major activities of the INSF include supporting research projects, post-doctoral programs, international patent application, various research awards and innovation center development.
The most important factor influencing activities of the INSF has been the strong support of the Supreme Leader of Iran, Sayyid Ali Khamenei, and his special emphasis on the continuation of the INSF activities, particularly during the early years of its establishment. The fact that researchers and academics have enthusiastically welcomed supportive activities offered by the INSF demonstrates a necessity for INSF to broaden its horizons. Presently, INSF is pursuing a geographically fair distribution of its services throughout the country, since it is strongly believed that research centers and universities in small provinces should also benefit from the INSF resources and facilities.