The Slovak Academy of Science (SAS) is a national institution which undertakes scientific research in Slovakia as an autonomous non-university research institution which is primarily funded from public finances. This sort of research has a tradition in Slovakia; its existence is justified because of the research’s highly systematic and concentrated character, which allows it to be connected to global trends in the development of human knowledge. The perspectives gained from research undertaken at the SAS are based on evidence and are qualitatively comparable to research undertaken abroad.
The SAS is an autonomous science and research body established under law. Its aim is to undertake basic research in the natural, technical, medical and social sciences as well as in the humanities in areas which are innovative, demanding in terms of personnel and research infrastructure, and which develop innovative technology and diagnostics. Its primary purpose is to enhance knowledge for the development of Slovakia and its citizens. The values of the academy are grounded in the principles of independent scientific inquiry (without any political affiliation), critical thinking, excellent knowledge, a high level of expertise and specialization, effective competitiveness and interdisciplinary cooperation.