State Education Development Agency (VIAA)

The State Education Development Agency (VIAA) is a direct administration institution which is subordinated to the Ministry of Education and Science.

VIAA operates in accordance with the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations. Aims of the activities of VIAA are to implement the national policy in the fields of development of higher education and science, lifelong learning system, general and vocational education system, and to implement and monitor projects financed by Structural Funds, EU and other financial instrument programmes.

Among other activities VIAA provides the National Contact Point functions for Horizon 2020 programme and ensure Latvia’s participation in joint programmes and joint technology initiatives stipulated in Article 185 and 187 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, EUREKA, as well as COST, ERA-NET, ERA-NET+ and EUROSTARS, administering, financing and supervising projects in the fields of science and technological development.

Contact Person: Juris Balodis, e-mail:;