The Board

The Foundation is governed by the Board, which is composed of seven members. The Foundation’s Board members are appointed by the Croatian Parliament upon nomination by the Government of the Republic of Croatia, who selects them from the pool of excellent Croatian scientists, taking into account equal representation of all scientific areas. Candidates for Board members are nominated by scientific institutes, the Croatian Rectors’ Conference, university Senates, the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, The Croatian Chamber of Commerce, employers’ associations, National Council for Science as well as individual scientists and academia members, following a public call for nominations.

Board members elect their President and Deputy President by a majority vote.

At the constitutive session of the current Board, held on 17 June 2021, the Board members elected as Board President Professor Nikola Ružinski, PhD. Professor Željko Kaštelan, PhD, F.C.A. and Associate Professor Anna-Maria Getoš Kalac were elected as Deputy Presidents. On 12 May 2023, upon decision of the Board, Dr Slavko Perica, PhD, was appointed to the position of President of the Board.  

Current members of the Foundation's Board

Dr Zrinka Kovarik, PhD

(from 14 March 2024)

Professor Emeritus Srećko Kovač, PhD

(from 13 May 2021 to 14 March 2024)

Director of the Foundation

Pursuant to the Act on the Croatian Science Foundation (Official Gazette 57/2022), the Foundation is represented by the Director, who is also in charge of day-to-day operation of the Foundation and the lawfulness of its activities. The Director is appointed by the Board to a four-year term, following a public tender. On 18 January 2023, the Board of the Croatian Science Foundation adopted a Decision (Class: 120-02/23-02/01, File No.: 400-03-01/01-23-1) appointing Prof. Ozren Polašek, Ph.D., M.D. to the position of Director.


Administrative, professional and other duties within the Foundation’s competence are handled by the Office for Professional and Administrative Affairs that comprises the following organizational units located in Zagreb and Opatija: