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On Friday, May 26, the Secretary General for Research and Innovation, Mr. Athanasios Kyriazis, participated in the “Tech 4 People” BEYOND Conference/Expo, the international platform for innovation, entrepreneurship and technology held at the International Exhibition and Congress Center of TIF-HELEXPO.

More specifically, Mr. Kyriazis participated in the session on “Fostering Open Innovation and Driving Digital Transformation in Greece: Accelerating Momentum”. During the discussion that followed, he underlined, among others, the valuable contribution of research and innovation in economic growth, as a result of the important return of investments made by enterprises in research and technological development, which is estimated at 10-30% in technologically-advanced countries.

He also spoke of the GSRI policy aimed at ensuring that research results of major Greek higher educational institutions and institutes are taken up by the market, highlighting in this regard the contribution of the “Research-Create-Innovate” Single Action which supported industrial research, uptake of research results by enterprises, and cooperation between enterprises and research bodies, and announcing the imminent launch of its successor “Research-Innovate” Action, scheduled to receive 300 million euros.

Further, he pointed out that, although research funding continues to account for a rather small percentage of the GPD, these last years it has increased significantly, and that Greece was the country with the biggest rank improvement on the European innovation scoreboard during the 2015-2022 period.

Finally, he mentioned other innovative GSRI actions, including the action for the upgrading of research infrastructures to be funded with 237 million euros from the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), stressing that the GSRI fully exploits the RRF financial support, that it has completed the procedure of drawing up the National Research & Innovation Strategy 2021-2027, and that it prioritizes linking research with entrepreneurship, as an essential condition for sustainable growth.