The National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) was founded by the Decree 122/2003/NĐ-CP of the Government of Viet Nam and officially started operation in 2008.
Affiliated with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Foundation, located in Hanoi, is a legal entity, possessing its own seal, and is allowed to open accounts at the State treasury and banks inside and outside the country.



2003 – 2007

  • Establishing the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) under Decree 122/2003/ND-CP dated on 22 October 2003.
  • Establishing NAFOSTED’s Board of Trustees and NAFOSTED’s Executive Office.
  • Promulgating regulations on the financial management of NAFOSTED.

2008 – 2010

  • Holding the opening ceremony of NAFOSTED (26 February 2008).
  • Promulgating regulations on funding and classification of fields for basic research, scientific activity funding, and cost estimation methods for basic research projects.
  • Establishing Scientific Committees, implementing research funding programs in the fields of Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSE), and Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).
  • Supporting projects to encourage enterprises to invest in scientific and technological activities under the Decree 119/1999/ND-CP.
  • Signing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Belgium’s Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and National Science Foundation of Germany (DFG).
  • Building NAFOSTED’s website and online management system (OMS).

2010 – 2013

  • Promulgating regulations on NAFOSTED’s loan and loan guarantee, implementing funding program for emergent & breakthrough projects.
  • Establishing NAFOSTED’s Board of Auditors.
  • Implementing the TCVN ISO 9001:2008 – compliant quality management system.
  • Implementing the online submission system for basic research funding in Social Sciences and Humanities, the international peer review system for basic research funding in Natural Sciences and Engineering.
  • Supporting the Government’s program on Key Mechanical Products.

2014 – 2015

  • Issuing NAFOSTED’s Statute of organization and activities according to Decree 23/2014/ND-CP on 3 April, 2014.
  • Promulgating regulations on the management of basic research projects, emergent & breakthrough scientific research projects funded by NAFOSTED, and management of funding activities to enhance national S&T capacity.
  • Organizing Ta Quang Buu Prize and other annual conferences to promote NAFOSTED’s activities in all three regions of Vietnam.
  • Singing the NAFOSTED – NHMRC (Australia) Memorandum of Understanding.

2016  2017

  • Promulgating regulations on managing and implementing applied research program and loan program.
  • Increasing application submission, evaluation and fund for basic research programs in Natural Sciences and Engineering and Social Sciences and Humanities to twice per year.
  • Signing the NAFOSTED – RCUK (The UK) Memorandum of Understanding.

Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees:

From 2018: Mr. Pham Cong Tac, Vice-Minister of Science and Technology.

From 2011 – 2018: Mr. Tran Quoc Khanh, Vice-Minister of Science and Technology.
Director of the Foundation’s Executive Office:

From 2007-2008: Mr. To Dinh Huyen

From 2008 to 2011: Mr. Phan Hong Son

From 2011: Mr Do Tien Dung