BACKGROUND-OBJECTIVES

On November 26, 1981 at No. 187 Session of the Senate of Democritus University of Thrace, the Research Committee was established under Presidential Decree 432/1981 "On the establishment of Special Accounts for the implementation of research projects in the Universities of the country." The action marked the establishment of the Special Account for Research Funds at Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH).

The purpose of the Special Account for Research Funds (SARF), is the allocation and management of funds from any source, intended to cover any kind of spending, which is necessary for the needs of research, education, training, development and continuing training projects and projects for scientific, technological and artistic services, specialized studies, running tests, measurements, laboratory tests and analyses, consultancy services, drafting specifications for third parties, as well as for other related services or activities that contribute to linking education and research with production and performed or provided by the scientific staff of the University and with the cooperation of other specialists. (JD/ 679 / 22.8.1996 joint ministerial decision, Article 1, Paragraph 2).

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

The administration and management of the Special Account for Research Funds is carried out by bodies which are independent of the administration and management of the DUTH; the latter though monitors and controls the operation and the activities based on the procedures laid down by Funding and Management Guide.
According to article 3, paragraph 2 of the JD / 679 / 22.8.1996 Joint Ministerial Decision, the administrative and management bodies of the Special Account are:
• The Research Committee and
• The Secretariat of the Special Account for Research Funds

THE RESEARCH COMMITTEE

The Research Committee (Plenary) of DUTH is composed of representatives (and their deputies) of all University Departments and by one of the Deputy Rectors, which is appointed by the Rector's Council as Head of the Committee. Its members are elected by the General Meetings of the Departments and are faculty members, either Professors or Associate Professors, with extensive teaching and research expertise and experience in the planning, administration and management of projects. Membership of the Committee lasts for three years (JD / 679 / 22.8.1996 Joint Ministerial Decision, article 4, paragraph 2). Because there are more than nine (9) Departments at DUTH, a special Seven-member Body is established as foreseen by the JD / 679 / 22.8.1996 joint ministerial decision, consisting of the Head of the Committee, its Vice-President, and five (5) of its members, elected by the members of the Committee. The Research Committee assigns the responsibilities to the Seven-member Body within the framework of the provisions of JD / 679 / 22.8.1996 Joint Ministerial Decision (Article 4, paragraph 6). The Legal Representative of Special Account for Research Funds of DUTH is the Head of the Research Committee and in case of an impediment, he/she is replaced by the Vice-President of the Research Committee; the latter is elected at the first meeting of the Committee among its new members. The Committee meets at the invitation of the Head of the Committee, whenever it is deemed necessary or requested by 1/3 of its members or by the Senate of DUTH.

THE SECRETARIAT

The Secretariat of the Special Account for Research Funds is staffed according to its needs of either by University personnel, scientific or otherwise, made available by Senate decision following a proposal of the Research Committee or by new staff recruited following the decision of the Research Committee and paid from funds of the Special Account for Research Funds. The Secretariat of the Special Account for Research Funds has the following responsibilities:

Directions

Studies and processes with the members of the Research Committee or in cooperation with others the directions, as prescribed by the Research Committee or submits to the Research Committee proposals for new directions.

ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT MONITORING

Monitors the accounting and management of the Special Account for Research Funds and pays the costs ordered by the Scientific Responsible of each project, provided that the expenditure sanctioned is expressly provided for in the project budget. Otherwise, the approval of the Head of the Research Committee or another body, as designated by the Funding and Management Guide, is required.

Execution of the decisions of the RC

Ensures the execution of the decisions of the Research Committee.

SECRETARIAL SUPPORT

Provides secretarial support to the Research Committee and makes recommendations on matters of its competence.

COMPOSITION AND CONSTITUTION OF THE RESEARCH COMMITTEE

  • Head of the Research Committee: Professor Pantelis Botsaris – Deputy Rector of DUTH

  • Head of Secretariat of the Research Committee: Touna Meimari

Regular Members, Affiliation Department Deputy Members, Affiliation Department
Broufas Georgios, Associate Professor Department of Agricultural Development Arabatzis Garyfallos, Associate Professor Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources
Gavriilidou Zoi, Professor Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dimasi Maria, Associate Professor Department of Language, Literatureand Culture of the Black Sea Countries
Kyriakou Georgios, Professor Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Gasteratos Antonios, Professor Department of Production and Management Engineering
Touloupidis Stavros, Professor Department of Medical Mavromara Penelope, Professor Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Polyzos Nikolaos, Professor Department of Social Administration and Political Science Papadimitriou Theophilos, Associate Professor Department of Economics
Antonopoulos Konstantinos, Associate Professor Department of Law Chrysomallis Michael, Associate Professor Department of Law
Kevrekidis Theodoros, Professor Department of Primary Level Education Dramalidis Achilleas Department of Education Sciences in Early Childhood
Michalopoulou Maria, Professor Department of Physical Education & Sport Sciences Gourgoulis Vasileio, Professor Department of Physical Education & Sport Sciences

NUMBER OF PROJECTS MANAGED BY SARF DUTH PER YEAR

  • 6062010
  • 7332011
  • 7782012
  • 7762013
  • 9202014