IRRI's Board of Trustees (BOT) sets IRRI policy. Its 12 members are world leaders in their respective disciplines.
Three are ex officio: the Philippine Secretary of Agriculture, the President of the University of the Philippines system, and the IRRI director general.
The board meets twice a year (April and October) to review IRRI's research priorities and allocation of resources, and to set the Institute's scientific directions, policies, and strategies.
The director general is responsible for carrying out these policies. Prof. Jim Godfrey is the current chair of the BOT.