The European Union aims for expenditure on research and development (R&D) to reach 3% of Gross Domestic Product by 2010. Consequently, Greece encourages businesses to invest in research and innovation, to boost growth and employment.
The General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) is responsible for scientific and technological policy in Greece.
Alongside R&D, innovation is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.
Intellectual property must be protected to encourage research.
Research centre and independent research institutes' staff is divided into:
- technical (scientific and non-scientific) and,
- administrative - assistants.
The selection process is carried out by special scientific councils judging committees and expert scientists employed by research bodies, after opinions on expert scientific councils.
Registering as a private researcher or scientific institution
The National Council for Research and Technology (ESET) is the supreme consultative State organisation responsible for shaping national policy on research and technology. It proposes the key options and provides advice on all matters relating to research and technology, for which its opinion is required, as well as on specific issues on the initiative of the Minister of Development.
The Greek CORDIS website provides complete information on developments in research, technology and innovation.
The Special Secretariat for Competitiveness of the Ministry of Development has put an operational programme in place entitled "Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship 2007-2013".