Administrative structure of the institution
NARDI Fundulea is an independently functioning institution (legal entity) subordinated to the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences – main coordinator of Romanian agricultural research and coordinated by the Ministry of Research and Innovation (MCI)
The institute experimental network presently consists of, 14 research units (agricultural stations), located under different pedoclimatic conditions of Romania. Some research is also contracted with stations belonging to other Institutes.
According to law, the Institute Leadership consists of:
- Administration Board;
- Direction Committee;
- General Director.
- The Scientific Board directs and coordinates the scientific and technical activity of the institute.
The Administration Board consists of nine members (four representatives from NARDI, 4 representatives from the ministries: Ministry of Research and Inovation, Ministry of Public Finance, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection and a representative from the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences) and operates in accordance with the provisions of the Government Decision no. 1882/2005 and with its own Rules of organization and functioning, approved by the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences "Gheorghe Ionescu-Şişeşti".
The main tasks of the Administration Board: approves the strategy and the specific programs for the institute development; proposes the modification of the organizational and functioning structure of the institute; analyses and approves the draft budget of income and expenses; analyses and approves the annual financial statements; approves the management report regarding the institute activity in previous year; assesses achievement relative to performance criteria, analyses
and approves the investments that will be made by the institute, according to law, submits for approval the property increase or decrease, as well as the granting or renting out of some assets that belong to the institute; in compliance with provisions approves the capitalization of own acquired goods, approves the volume of bank loans and establishes their reimbursement; approves the utilization of the disposable funds in foreign currency; approves the mandate for negotiating the collective labour agreement, approves the criteria and competition commissions to occupy job vacancies in the Institute.
Direction Committee – consists of 9 members (the general director and the heads of the main compartments). It ensures the effective leading of the Institute, exercising its duties and being responsible in the limits of competence proposed and approved by the Administration Board.
The Direction Committee establishes the concrete activities necessary for carrying out the objectives resulted from: the strategy of development programs of the institute; annual research- development programs; budgets of income and expenses; investment programs, as well as other legally settled tasks.
The current activity is managed by the general director, whose tasks and responsibilities are mainly the following: he personally represents or by a delegate the interests of the institute towards institutions, organizations and economic agents, as well as persons in the country or abroad;
establishes the tasks, competence and the relationships at the level of subunits and departments of the institute, as well as their relationship with third persons approved by the Administration Board;
suggests to the Administration Board the modification of the functional and organizing structure of the institute; appoints the heads of the compartments in the organizing structure of the national institute after a competition organized on the basis of the criteria proposed by the Administration Board and revokes them, if necessary with the approval of the Administration Board; employs and dismisses the staff of the institute according to the legal provisions and of the collective labour agreement; ensures the negotiation of the collective labour agreement at the level of the institute or the staff salaries by the Direction Committee and approves the salaries resulted from direct negotiation; he is responsible for the management of the whole patrimony respecting the provisions of the law; adopts measures and pursues the carrying out of the inland and export-import trade operations through the specialized compartments; analyses monthly the stage of the research results capitalization, including the activity of the marketing office; his tasks are similar to a credit release authority for the money allocated to the institute from the state budget; he can delegate, considering the law, some of his tasks to other persons from the leadership of the institute; he carries out any other tasks allotted by the Administration Board.
The Scientific Board consists of nine members, representatives of the Institute main departments.
The main tasks of the Scientific Board are: participates in the elaboration of the development strategy for the research-development activity and its plans of research and development; analyses, approves and pursues the elaboration of scientific papers, submits for approval to the Administration Board the annual research and development program of the institute, approves the decisions of the Administration Board regarding the research policy of the national institute and its
branches; proposes measures for professional training and certification of research personnel by professional degrees; organizes and coordinates scientific manifestations, endorses the scientific cooperation actions at internal and international level.
The Research Department
8 research teams organized as specific sub domains are the components of 5 laboratories in the frame of the Department “Systems of sustainable agriculture” and 8 teams are the constituents of 5 laboratories from the structure of the Department “Germplasm improvement”. The Centre for organic farming functions as a distinct entity subordinated to the leadership of the institute and collaborates with all other components of the research sector.
The high education personnel, directly involved in research activities includes: 33 doctors, 7 PhD students and 8 masters. Four of the Institute employees are members of the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences “Gheorghe Ionescu-Sisesti”, one of them being also a titular member of the Romanian Academy.
Regarding the age groups, the personnel consists of: 27,8%- less than 30 years, 13,9%- 31-40 years, 19,8%- 41-50 years, 23,8%- 51-60 years, and 14,7%- over 60 years.
The support activities connected to research are included in the department of Research services, which includes Scientific Secretariat and the Office for Publications, the Meteorological Station, and the team for Mechanization of experimental fields.
The Development Department - The development activities are organized in three vegetal farms for producing seeds from superior biological categories, the seeds processing sector and the mechanics sector. Other supporting activities are included in the Marketing and acquisition department, the Administrative office; Thermic Station and Canteen.
The activities of specific interest for all operating structures of the institute, are
organized in: Financial and accounting service; Internal financial audit service; Juridical office; Human resources and wages office; Labour and environment protection sector.