Mandate and Background of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology
The General Secretariat for Research and Technology (www.gsrt.gr) is a modern public service assigned with the task of defining, as well as coordinating the implementation of the national policy for Research, Technological Development and Innovation. It is under the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. GSRT supervises research and technology bodies, which provide local communities with the skills necessary for producing knowledge and boosting innovation. It supports the activities of research and industry bodies through competitive research programmes. Investing in science, research and technology becomes a key strategic priority towards a socially and economically sustainable model of development, based on highly-qualified human resources and novel ideas.
The GSRT mandate consists in:
- Defining and promoting a comprehensive strategy for research, technology and innovation;
- Fully exploiting the highly-qualified research staff to boost economic growth, generate new employment and reverse the current trend of expert Greek scientists migrating abroad;
- Transferring and facilitating the uptake of innovative technologies by the country’s industry, through targeted use of research outcomes;
- Supporting initiatives to raise awareness among Greek people in the fields of Research and Technology;
- Supervising and funding Research and Technology Bodies across the country;
- Representing Greece in the European Union institutions and agencies; promoting cooperation with other countries;
- Evaluating the outcomes of research & innovation projects, with a view to adjusting research policy on an ongoing basis.
GSRT Policy and Actions
Programming Period 2014-2020:
The Strategy for Smart Specialization constitutes the main guidance for defining and promoting the Research and Innovation Policy for the programming period 2014-2020. It highlights areas where Greece has already achieved, or can achieve, a competitive advantage. Priorities emerge as a result of the so-called entrepreneurial discovery process aimed at identifying new business opportunities to put into use newly-produced knowledge and integrate it into value chains. This process is carried out through continuous and active consultation of all actors involved in the innovation “ecosystem” (including private enterprises, higher education institutions and research centers, ministries, regional authorities, etc.), with private enterprises and the industry at large also playing a central role.
All the topics within RIS3 are available at this link (https://www.espa.gr/en/pages/staticRIS3.aspx)
Actions planned by GSRT in each of the RIS3 areas are aimed at developing innovative products and services, transferring knowledge, supporting research staff and further developing and using research infrastructure. The European dimension (synergies and complementarity with the “Horizon 2020” strategy and other activities within the European Research Area) is strongly promoted. Top priorities also include fostering an innovation culture and broadening the participation of social partners in research institutions.