The National Research and Innovation Governance System adopted in October 2018, led to the establishment of new institutions and bodies, such as the National Boards for Research and Innovation, the Chief Scientist and the Committee of Ministry Research and Innovation Coordinators. In addition, as of March 2020, Research and Innovation related issues where approached in an integrated and comprehensive manner under the competencies of the Deputy Minister for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, and the operation of the Research and Innovation Foundation as the executive arm of the system.
Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy
The Deputy Ministry for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy is the competent authority for the design and implementation of the Government ‘s policy for Research and Innovation (R&I).
By supporting scientific research, investing in innovative entrepreneurship and implementing an ambitious digital transformation reform, the Deputy Ministry aspires to develop a modern and efficient state, competitive at European and international level, and a dynamic digital economy, where every citizen and every business will be able to grow and prosper.
National Board for Research and Innovation
The National Board for Research and Innovation (NBRI) is an advisory body to the President of the Republic for defining R&I strategy. NBRI is responsible for promoting and implementing the National Strategic Framework for R&I, for submitting proposals and suggestions on strategy issues and for monitoring the implementation of actions adopted at policy level. NBRI meets on a regular basis and its work is supported by the competent Directorate of the Deputy Ministry for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, acting as NBRI secretariat. The Chief Scientist is an ex officio member of NBRI and facilitates its work by formulating recommendations on the national R&I strategy, policy and the structure and operation of the national R&I governance system.
The Chief Scientist coordinates and supervises the formulation of the national R&I policy and the overall operation of the National R&I Governance System, including the departments and bodies involved in both the policy and operational levels. In addition, the Chief Scientist participates as ex-officio member and supports the work of NBRI to formulate proposals for the national R&I Strategy and its implementation and proposals regarding the structure and operation of the national R&I governance system.
Committee of Ministry Research and Innovation (R&I) Coordinators
The Committee of Ministry Research and Innovation (R&I) Coordinators operates under the Chairmanship of the Chief Scientist. Each Ministry appoints a R&I Coordinator as a focal point of communication for Research and Innovation matters.