The mission of the Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI) is to gain new knowledge that will contribute to the development of the Republic of Croatia in a knowledgebased society.
The Institute fulfills this mission through the following:
- globally relevant basic scientific research
- orientation toward research of strategic national importance
- participation in higher education
- transfer of knowledge to other areas of public and economic life
By fundamental scientific research, we mean knowledge-driven research, while by oriented research we mean targeted basic research.
The primary task of the RBI is to conduct excellent basic research, with particular emphasis on complex interdisciplinary programs. Excellent basic research is a prerequisite for achieving the other tasks that the RBI has undertaken in the development of the Republic of Croatia. In addition to basic research, these include the development of innovative research, participation in higher education and knowledge transfer to the economy, with the goal of developing new hightech products and increasing public awareness of the importance of knowledge and science in modern society. The RBI carries out these tasks in cooperation with universities, scientific institutes and other similar institutions in Croatia and other countries.
We see the RBI as a top research institution, which in the next 5-10 years will remain a leading national center of excellence and become a leading regional and recognized European center of excellence in research and postgraduate (doctoral) education in the basic natural sciences and related scientific areas within the Institute’s scope.
Depending on the complexity of the tasks and the time necessary for fulfilling the individual strategic goals outlined in detail in Chapter 5, this basic vision is based upon several key goals that the RBI plans to accomplish in the next short-term period (2010-2015) or medium-term period (2010-2020).
The RBI will become a multidisciplinary community of scientific institutes focused on excellent, internationally competitive research. The institutes within the RBI will be based on complex research programs, systematic international evaluation and with a high level of autonomy and responsibility exercised by the directors of the institutes and programs.
At the national level, the RBI will consolidate its position as the leading scientific research center, achieving this in synergy with other related scientific institutions (universities and institutes) and through high qualityscientific work in the natural and related sciences in the Republic of Croatia.
At the national level, the RBI will be an open institution. The equipment and scientific infrastructure of the Institute will be available to scientists from all the other public research institutes in Croatia, which in cooperation with scientists at the RBI will ensure the maximum utilization of equipment for internationally competitive research.
At the international level, the RBI will become a leading regional research institution that will affirm and improve its quality and international recognizability through institutional and project partnerships with leading foreign institutions and researchers.
The RBI will improve the quality of its research personnel, particularly taking into account new researchers who will be recruited by the Institute during the implementation of the Strategy. The international experience and mobility of researchers, especially doctoral and postdoctoral candidates, and the establishment of an adequate system for the employment and advancement of the best young scientists (the equivalent of tenure-track and start-up package concepts) will be key factors in development, and the RBI will become a more desirable and attractive institution for the recruitment of talented young scientists, including those returning from other countries and foreign researchers.
The RBI will become a national and regional center for postgraduate education in various disciplines of the scientific activity of the Institute. The personnel and infrastructure resources of the Institute will focus on the establishment of an international doctoral studies program conducted in English, with a leading role by the scientists of the RBI, as well as collaboration with colleagues from domestic and foreign universities and scientific institutes. In addition to its own studies, the RBI will participate as an equal partner at the universities in Croatia and other countries on joint undergraduate and doctoral studies.
The RBI will be an institution that will intensify cooperation with the business sector. In doing so, the RBI will encourage and support the transfer of knowledge, innovations and technology, as well as the commercialization of the results of high quality research, thereby protecting the intellectual property of the Institute.
The RBI will become an institution with good administrative support for research programs and clear and detailed computerized administrative procedures.
The RBI will assume an important role at the national level in the popularization of science and raising awareness of the importance of knowledge and scientific research for the development of society.