Role and Mission

Dr Nikolas Mastroyiannopoulos has been appointed by the President of the Republic Mr. Nicos Anastasiades Cyprus as the National Chief Scientist for Research & Innovation R&I in March 2020 with the political Mission to lead and coordinate all efforts for:

Cyprus to become a dynamic and competitive economy, driven by research, scientific excellence, innovation, technological development and entrepreneurship, and a regional hub in these fundamental areas

The Chief Scientist is the political and executive owner for Research and Innovation within the newly adopted  Research & Innovation (R&I) Governance System and, in this capacity, holds a number of ex-officio roles such as Member of the National Board of R&I (NBRI), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF)  and Chairman of Ministry R&I Coordinators’ Committee.

The mission of the Chief Scientist is to:

  • Lead and work with the National Board of Research and Innovation (NBRI) in formulating and executing the national R&I Strategy
  • Lead efforts towards Innovative Entrepreneurship for enhancing economy competitiveness and social prosperity and making R&I the new competitive lever for the productive base of the national economy, through research and scientific excellence.
  • Coordinate and guide the formulation of national R&I policy, ensuring that the national R&I strategy is executed through coherent and comprehensive policy measures, funding instruments and initiatives
  • Architect proposals regarding structure and operation of the national R&I governance system
  • Ensure that all stakeholders of the R&I Governance system in Cyprus interact and collaborate in a coordinated and well-orchestrated manner, enabling Cyprus in translating science and research to societal benefits and commercial innovations
  • Coordinate and supervise the implementation of the national R&I Policy
  • Coordinate and supervise Ministries, public departments and other competent authorities associated with  and or involved in drafting and executing R&I policies
  • Contribute in raising awareness and nurturing of innovation culture, mobilizing stakeholders and developing the fundamental building blocks of the national R&I ecosystem
 The Chief Scientist also acts as the advocate of the research excellence of Cyprus research performing institutions, creating synergies and links with international organisations in fields of science, technology and innovation, promoting Cyprus as a regional hub for research and innovation.