Exumbran Institutes of Development and Industry (EIDI)

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The Exumbran Institutes of Development and Industry (EIDIs) are a group of scientific institutes in member states of the Exumbran Convention funded partially by the Exumbran Scientific Commission (ESC) and partially by the host countries. EIDIs (or "EIDI" in case of reference to all of them together) were established formally by the Agreement on the Exumbran Scientific Commission, which entered into force with the Treaty of the Exumbran Convention, and which thereafter came to be known and treated as the Exumbran Council Regulation on the Exumbran Scientific Commission (ECR.ESC).


purpose

EIDIs are aimed at applied technological, industrial, economic, and policy research, with as its primary focus those areas of research that are most likely to contribute to economy, society, and industry of the country of its location and other member states of the Convention.

organization

Every member state is entitled to open an EIDI and to receive the associated funding, provided that it satisfies the requirements with regards to organization and financing. Despite partial funding by ESC, an EIDI is a national institute and owes responsibility primarily to the government of the country where it is located. (And it is that government which decides on hiring policies and research objectives.) Nevertheless, the institute's recognition as EIDI and subsidy depends on approval/acceptance by the Advisory Board (ESC-AB) (which can retract such approval/acceptance by two-thirds majority vote among its members at any time).

The ESC subsidy can be at most half the yearly budget of an EIDI.

Every EIDI employs at least 3 full-time professors one of which is focused on applied or development economics and/or social policy, while the other two are focused on technology and industry. For each of these chairs, there is a staff of at least one associate professor and at least one assistant professor. All of these focus on research. Professors of all three levels have no educational obligations aside from the supervision of a number of PhD students and PostDocs. (At least three of the former and two of the latter per chair.)

The professors of the three levels together are the 'academic staff'; the PhD students and PostDocs together are the 'research assistants'. At most two thirds of the academic staff, and at most two thirds of the research assistants can have the nationality of the country of its location. At most one sixth of each can have a non-Exumbran nationality; all others come from the various member states of the Convention.

Among the support staff of any EIDI is at least one 'liaison officer' whose primary responsibility is to improve the contacts and cooperation with companies and other research institutes in the country of location, and with other EIDI institutes.

In addition to the national EIDIs, there is a small central coordinating office in Huenan (hosted by the Huenan Institute of Development Economics (HIDE), and funded by the Huenanese government). The main task thereof is to facilitate communication and cooperation between EIDIs, and to organize yearly conferences. This coordinating office owes responsibility to the Executive Committee (ESC-EC).

budget

Each EIDI receives 4.5 mln US$ per year from the Exumbran Scientific Commission (ESC). Host countries are expected to contribute at least the same amount (with a possibility of exception for small member states; see below).

exceptions for small member states

If the Exumbran Council approves, exceptions to the above can be made for very small member states. There are two possible kinds of exceptions:

  1. the share of ESC subsidy in the total EIDI budget may be higher (meaning that the national contribution can be lower); and
  2. the restriction on educational duties can be relaxed.

national EIDIs

(list of institutes in the various member states)