Governing Bodies

H.F.R.I.  is a new institution through which a profound reforming effort is being attempted in the field of Research and Innovation in the country: the research and academic community is, for the first time, actively involved in shaping the country’s research policy.

H.F.R.I.’s Governing Bodies are:

The General Assembly

The General Assembly is composed of well-known internationally acclaimed scientists, selected by the Higher Education Institutions and the Research Bodies of the country on the basis of criteria set by the National Council for Research and Innovation. The term of office of the members of the current General Assembly expires in September 2021.

The General Assembly is tasked with:

  • Selecting the members of the Scientific Council.
  • Approving collaborations and partnerships with other public and private sector organizations in Greece or abroad in order to achieve H.F.R.I.’s goals.
  • Submitting proposals to the Scientific Council on issues relating to the research activities of H.F.R.I.
  • Approving the annual report (financial review and actions report) of H.F.R.I.

The term of office for the General Assembly runs for three years.

The Scientific  Council

The Foundation’s Scientific Council (SC) consists of nine (9) regular members, all of whom internationally acclaimed scientists with backgrounds in the following areas:

  • agricultural sciences
  • natural sciences
  • mathematics and information science
  • social sciences
  • Humanities
  • environment and energy
  • medicine and health sciences
  • engineering and technology sciences
  •  innovative entrepreneurship.

The members of the SC are elected through a process that follows an international call for expression of interest, and are individuals renowned for their international work and experience in their respective field.

The Scientific Council manages the Foundation and is tasked with:

  • Ensuring the success of the Foundation’s objectives according to the national research and innovation policy.
  • Accepting donations and all kinds of funding.
  • Setting up crisis committees and appeal committees in order to evaluate proposals and select final beneficiaries.
  • Selecting the Director and the Deputy Directors.
  • Approving the Foundation’s budget, upon the recommendation of the Director.
  • Recommending collaborations and partnerships with public and private sector organizations, both domestic and foreign, to the GA.
  • Recommending to the Minister amendments to the Internal Rules of Procedure.
  • Approving the commission of the Foundation’s services and offices in other cities of the Greek Territory, upon the recommendation of the Director.

The term of office for the members of the SC runs for four years

The director

The Director of the Foundation is a scientist with international authority and expertise, administrative experience and remarkable research activity. The Director’s qualifications are specified in the Internal Rules of Procedure. The Director is selected and appointed by decision of the Scientific Council, following a call for expression of interest, for a four-year term, renewable only once. The Director of the Foundation proposes the appointment of two (2) Deputy Directors to the SC, whom he / she chooses following an open call for expression of interest. The Director implements the Foundation’s strategy which is decided by the Scientific Council.

The Director is tasked with the following:

  • He is in charge of the Foundation’s services, responsible for its proper functioning and the authorizing officer of all its expenses.
  • He draws up and publishes the calls for the actions that are funded by the Foundation, in accordance with the annual actions schedule and the decisions of the SC.
  • He ensures that the Foundation’s budget targets are met.
  • He can summon an out of schedule meeting of the GA and the SC, always through the President of the relevant collective body, and can take part in the meetings but without the right to vote.
  • He prepares the annual report, which he submits to the SC and then forwards it to the GC for approval.
  • He seeks new funding sources for the Foundation.
  • He represents the Foundation in and out of court.

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee, which is constituted by decision of the Minister, is independent from the other bodies of the Foundation. The Advisory Committee is of an advisory nature and aims to evaluate the Foundation’s action and to formulate opinions and recommendations to optimize its operation. It examines issues of particular importance or issues of special interest in regard to the operation of the Foundation and the funding of research and innovation.

It consists of eleven (11) members who are internationally acclaimed scientists or come from either domestic or foreign businesses and / or productive organizations.

The members of the Advisory Committee are elected as follows: the National Council for Research and Innovation (NCSI), three (3) months before the end of the term of the members of the Advisory Committee, compiles and submits to the Minister and the Scientific Council a list of twenty two (22) nominees, of which six (6) are also members of the NCSI. From this list, the Minister selects six (6) members, while five (5) members are selected by the Scientific Council. Up to three (3) of the eleven (11) members of the Advisory Committee may at the same time be members of the NCSI. Up to three (3) members of the Advisory Committee are entitled to attend the meetings of the Scientific Committee of H.F.R.I. These members are decided in the constitutional decision of the Advisory Committee. The meetings of the Scientific Council can also be attended by a person designated by the overseeing Minister.

By decision of the Scientific Council and / or the Advisory Committee, it is possible to invite to the Scientific Council’s meetings distinguished scientists either domestic or from abroad. The term of office for the members of the Advisory Committee runs for four years.