NHRF Innovation

NHRF has become a key player both at the National and International levels in the development of new scientific knowledge. 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.

The 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. Both the Humanities and the Natural Sciences Institutes collaborate closely with the National Documentation Centre in joint activities, thus increasing the potential and the outreach of the research carried out at NHRF.

The National Documentation Centre (EKT), as an extrovert organization bringing cutting-edge practices and technologies in the country, thrives on extensive international collaborations. They comprise participation in specialized networks, such as for example NCP Networks (National Contact Points), Technology Advancement Committees (e.g. Committee for the Development of Current Research Systems), numerous European Projects, professional organizations (e.g. the Open Access Scholarly Publishers' Association), among others. EKT has a leading role in some of these networks, initiatives and/or projects: EKT co-ordinates the European Network for Research Infrastructures National Contact Points (EuroRis-Net 2007-2013), as well as the FP7-funded project Mediterranean Open Access Network (MedOANet) and the Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas and serves as National Open Access Desk for Greece, enabling the compliance of Greek FP7 & Horizon2020 grant recipients comply with the EC's open access.

NHRF's main priorities for the following years, include scientific excellence at international level, enhancement of its research and educational mission and effective linking of Greek economy and society.


Innovation, Technology Transfer & Entrepreneurship

Innovation management, promotion of collaboration and 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:

  • Mapping of the services and the products that the NHRF can provide
  • Identification of potential users of the services and products of the NHRF - mapping of the potential market
  • Focus on fields that lie at the forefront of science, especially on nano-materials, medicine, environment, health, photonics and biotechnology applications as well as on innovative technological applications in the broader field of historical sciences and culture
  • Adoption of policies to attract and develop human resources
  • Enhancement of closer partnerships through program agreements with private and public entities, with emphasis on the areas of health, environment, culture and Greek scientific digital content
  • Modernization and expansion of assets for Research Institutes and Libraries for a further development in e- content, repositories and electronic reading rooms
  • Strengthening the competitiveness of the Foundation and the ability to ensure financing especially from the EU and International Organizations
  • Support of researchers in their collaboration with other research institutes or industry
  • Support of researchers regarding issues of Intellectual Property, Inventions, Entrepreneurship, technology transfer etc.
  • Networking with other organizations of technology transfer in Europe
  • Promotion of the research and overall activities of the NHRF to the general public as well as to other research organizations in Europe


NHRF Spin-off Companies

e-NIOS Applications S.A. (e-Noesis Inspired Operational Systems, www.e-nios.com) is a NHRF spin-off company specialized in Bioinformatics, recently founded by the members of the Metabolic Engineering and Bioinformatics Group, Aristotle Chatziioannou (Research Associate Professor), Eleftherios Pilalis and Ioannis Valavanis (post-doctoral researchers). The expertise of the e-NIOS team is inherently multidisciplinary, encompassing extensive research experience in the fields of Bioinformatics, Genomics, Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Operational Research and Decision Support Systems.

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