The National Centre for Research and Development is an executive agency of the Minister of Science and Higher Education. It was established in the summer of 2007 as an entity performing tasks falling within the scope of science, scientific-technical and innovative policies of the state. At the time of its establishment, it was the first entity of its type, created as a platform of an effective dialogue between the environment of science and business.
Currently, it operates on the basis of the Law of 30 Aril 2010 on the National Centre for Research and Development (Journal of Laws 2010, No. 96, item 616). The reform of science, implemented in the autumn of 2010, afforded greater freedom to the Centre with regard to disposal of funds within the framework of a strategic research programme.
In addition, on 1 September 2011, NCRD extended the scope of its activity to new initiatives and possibilities. By assuming the function of the Intermediary Body from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in three operational programmes: Human Capital, Innovative Economy and Infrastructure and Environment, it has become one of the largest centre of innovation in Poland.
The activity of the Centre is financed from the State Treasury and from the funds of the European Union.