The Scientific Council consists of 39 internationally recognized researchers. It supports the work of the Governing Board by fulfilling the tasks outlined in the Organizational and Operational Regulations of the HUN-REN Secretariat, including, among others
- providing opinions on strategically significant submissions prepared for the Governing Board,
- formulating strategic recommendations and conducting annual evaluations,
- making decisions within the authority delegated by the Governing Board.
The Scientific Council's detailed rules of operation are determined in its document of internal rules of procedure, which is approved by the Governing Board.