The National Hellenic Research Foundation was founded in 1958 originally under the name "Royal Research Foundation". It is a non-profit Research Foundation supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Innovation (GSRI) of the Ministry of Development and Investments in Greece.
Today, NHRF consists of the following Institutes and Units:
The staff of the NHRF counts approximately 320 people (permanent researchers or other categories of scientific, administrative and technical staff and temporary staff in the framework of externally funded projects, emeriti researchers as well as other collaborating human resources). 85% of this staff are University graduates, with the majority to hold a Ph.D. Also, the NHRF is an educational center at the undergraduate, postgraduate & postdoctoral levels. Specifically, it hosts, supports, and trains young scientists (approximately 150 per year) who prepare doctoral dissertations and diploma theses (in collaboration with Greece’s universities) as well as post-doctoral papers. Finally, many of the NHRF’s researchers are involved in teaching, in the framework of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Greek and foreign universities.
NHRF is carrying out around 180 research programmes funded by the European Commission, the Greek General Secretariat of Research & Innovation (GSRI), public organizations and private enterprises. During the period 2005-2012, the overall budget of the programmes amounted to 25,5 million Euros, which were carried out through collaboration with more than 100 partners from Greece and abroad.
Achievements and Innovation
NHRF has become a key player both at the National and International levels in the development of new scientific knowledge. Institute of Historical Research (IHR) is at international level one of the most important places for the study of the Greek archaeology and history (ancient, medieval and modern) and, at the same time, a unique infrastructure of national importance. The two "Natural Sciences" Institutes have excelled in their individual fields of study whereas, in the framework of the strategic policy of the Foundation, they optimize the potentials for synergies due to their spatial and scientific proximity. In addition, the human capital as well as the logistics infrastructures for the common development of innovative interdisciplinary basic research actions and applications is present as well.
Therefore, the dual scientific identity of NHRF due to the successful coexistence of Humanities and Natural Sciences Institutes affords a unique advantage and achievement at the national level and increases its competitiveness abroad. For their achievements, NHRF's Institutes have been awarded several times with the Excellence of Science Grant "Aristeia" following assessments carried out by international committees appointed by the GSRI.
The scientific excellence at the international level, the strengthening of the educational mission of the Foundation and the connection with the economy and the society constitute the main mission of the NHRF for the period 2019-2022.
The strategy to meet the aforementioned goals includes the following:
NHRF has a long history in representing the country in international scientific organizations or other international fora on research and technology, and maintains scientific collaborations with numerous academic and research organizations in the country and abroad.
In particular, NHRF has developed a significant activity on scientific exchanges with counterparts abroad including the Orebro University of Sweden, the Northeastern University, Boston Massachusetts, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Royal Society of London, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia, the Committee of Scientific Research in Spain and the National Institute for Scientific Research in Portugal, to name but a few.
Furthermore, the three Research Institutes have established a long-term cooperation with a large number of organizations (over 245) and researchers at international level whereas most of the Foundations' researchers represent the country in international committees and fora.
Moreover, since 2004 NHRF is member of the European Network "EURAXESS Services", an important institutional tool of the European Commission which supports the European policies related to the development of the European Research Area.
The promotion of collaboration and the provision of services towards industry, enterprises and the wider public sector, constitute a fundamental issue for the development of the NHRF. This will be accomplished through the following actions: