Research and innovation policy is implemented by the National Strategic Framework for Research, Technological Development and Innovation (NSFRI). This framework is created by the Ministry of Education, Life Long Learning and Religion. The NSFRI sets goals and priorities of the research and innovation policy until 2020. All thematic areas are supported by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology through the Operational Programme Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship and the Regional Operational Programmes. In addition, some actions on improving research on human capital are supported by the Operational Programme Education and Life Long Learning of the Ministry of Education.
Transport planning documents that set out the framework for transport development at national and regional level for the coming period are:
- Master plan 2020 for the city of Thessaloniki for transport infrastructure
- Framework on the Rehabilitation and Restructure of the OSE (Greek Rail Organisation)
Restructuring the Service of Civil Air Transfer.
The main actors in developing research and innovation policy at the political level are the Greek Government and the Parliament with its advisory body, the Permanent Committee for Technology Assessment. At the operational level, responsibility for research policy rests with the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religion.
The Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Networks is responsible for planning and implementing national transport policy. Policy developed by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change and Ministry of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping is also important for transport research.
Transport research is financed through the general research funding, and through European and international funds. Public funding is allocated on a competitive basis by the Operational Programme Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship (OPCE II), which is the responsibility of the Ministry of Regional Development and Competitiveness. Research under the Regional Operational Programmes is the responsibility of the Regional Councils. European funds for transport research are available through the Framework Programmes and Structural Funds.
Organisations responsible for the institutional framework and funding: