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Slovenian Research Agency, Bleiweisova cesta 30, 1000 Ljubljana, on the basis of Article 11 of Rules of procedure (co) financing and evaluation, and monitoring the implementation of research activities (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 52/16, 79/17 and 65/19), in connection with Article 15 of the Act on Research and Development (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 22/06-UPB1, 61/06-ZDru-1 112/07, 9/11, 57/12-ZPOP-1A, 21/18-ZNOrg and 9/19) and on the basis of Methodology for Evaluating Applications for Tenders No. 6319-2/2013-38 - official consolidate text of 5 June 2017, 6319-2/2013-39 of 11 December 2017, 6319-2/2013-40 of 22 January 2018, 6319-2/2013-41 of 1 February 2018, 6319-2/2013-42 of 19 February 2018, 6319-2/2013-43 of 5 March 2018, 6319-2/2013-44 of 14 May 2018, 6319-2/2013-45 of 20 June 2018, 6319-2/2013-46 of 9 July 2018, 6319-2/2013-47 of 17 August 2018, 6319-2/2013-48 of 18 October 2018, 6319-2/2013-49 of 19 November 2018, 6319-2/2013-50 of 17 December 2018, 6319-2/2013-51 of 4. February 2019, 6319-2/2013-52 of 11 February 2019, 6319-2/2013-53 of 13 May 2019, 6319-2/2013-54 of 14 October 2019, 6319-2/2013-55 of 28 October 2019 and No. 6319-2/2013-56 of 2 December 2019, hereby publishes

Public call for the (co)financing of research projects in 2020

  1. Title and address of the budgetary funds user

Slovenian Research Agency, Bleiweisova cesta 30, 1000 Ljubljana (hereinafter: the Agency).

  1. Subject of the call

The subject of the Public call for the (co-)financing of research projects in 2020 (hereinafter: the Call) is the (co-)financing of research projects:

  1. small basic research projects (hereinafter: basic projects) and small applied research projects (hereinafter: applied projects)
  2. post-doctoral basic and post-doctoral applied research projects (hereinafter: post-doctoral basic projects, post-doctoral applied projects)
  3. small basic research projects – dr. Aleš Debeljak Programme (hereinafter: basic research projects - AD Programme)
  1. Amount of funds for the call

The estimated annual amount of funding for the realization of items 2(a) and 2(b) of this call is €16,000,000.00. When allocating funds for the co-financing of research projects as part of the implementation of the call, the distribution of funds is considered by scientific discipline per annum so that the ratio of resources among scientific disciplines in 2020 is approximately the same as the ratio in 2019.

The estimated annual amount of funding for the realization of item 2(c) of this call is €1,200,000.00.

The call will be realised in view of the funding resources available in the budget of the Republic of Slovenia and the Agency’s financial plan.

3.1. Distribution of approximate annual funds in the amount of €16,000,000.00 per scientific disciplines

 

Scientific disciplines Ratio of resources in 2019 (in %) Ratio of resources in the call (in %)
Natural Sciences and Mathematics 21.2 21.7
Engineering 27.9 27.9
Medical Sciences 14.0 14.6
Biotechnical Sciences 11.0 9.9
Social Sciences 10.5 9.9
Humanities 15.4 16.0
TOTAL 100.0 100.0

Approximately 10% of the funding of each scientific discipline is allocated to interdisciplinary studies. Applicants for interdisciplinary projects must state the social objective of their research project proposal when applying. The chosen social objective must be from the field of the primary discipline stated by the applicant in the application of the interdisciplinary project. If the chosen social objective is not from the field of the primary discipline, the application is rejected.

Below is the list of social objectives as established by the ministry responsible for science, with the relevant primary discipline:

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Eligible primary disciplines for each social objective are marked with http://www.arrs.si/sl/progproj/rproj/razpisi/17/inc/pika.bmpShort descriptions of the social objectives and their relevant thematic fields or research fields are published on the Agency’s website.

Information about the capacity of research fields is published on the Agency's website.
 

3.2. Amount of (co-)financing

Basic and applied projects will be financed in the approximate annual amount of €100,000. Any project applying for €100,000 may be approved for either €100,000 or €50,000.

Calculated in terms of effective project research hours, this equates to approximately 3193 hours annually in Price Class A (1596 for projects valued at €50,000), 2828 hours annually in Price Class B (1414 for projects valued at €50,000), 2469 hours annually in Price Class C (1234 for projects valued at €50,000), 2210 hours annually in Price Class D (1105 for projects valued at €50,000), 2005 hours annually in Price Class E (1002 for projects valued at €50,000) or 1834 hours annually in Price Class F (917 for projects valued at €50,000).

Basic research projects – AD Programme will be financed in the approximate annual amount of €100,000. Calculated in terms of effective project research hours, this equates to approximately 3193 hours annually in Price Class A, 2828 hours annually in Price Class B, 2469 hours annually in Price Class C, 2210 hours annually in Price Class D, 2005 hours annually in Price Class E or 1834 hours annually in Price Class F.

The Agency will finance up to 100% of substantiated project costs for basic projects and basic research programmes – AD Programme. The Agency will finance up to 75% of substantiated project costs for applied projects. The scope of a post-doctoral project is 1700 effective research hours annually (1FTE) in Price Class B, whereby the amount of co-financing of an applied post-doctoral project by the Agency shall amount to 1275 effective research hours annually (0.75 FTE) in Price Class B.

The applicant of an applied project or applied post-doctoral project must ensure that at least 25% of eligible project costs are covered by other interested users and submit proof of the project’s co-financing (a co-financing agreement) for the entire period of the project’s implementation in view of the value of the effective research hours at the start of financing. Projects cannot be co-financed by research organisations listed in the register of ROs, with the exception of corporate entities. (Co-)financing can only be in the form of money.

A (co-)financer of an applied project may also be a (co-)implementer of the same applied project, not exceeding 10% of the scope of the project, unless they are the applicant of the same applied project.

In view of the number of effective research hours financed by the budget of the Republic of Slovenia, the Agency will, in accordance with the provisions of the Decree on norms and standards used to determine funding for research activities financed by the budget of the Republic of Slovenia (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 103/11, 56/12, 15/14, 103/15, 27/17, 9/18 and 62/19), finance an individual researcher in view of the ratio of employment options for research, but no more than 1700 effective research hours per annum. The minimum annual workload of a researcher per individual project is 17 hours. The participating RO must collaborate for at least 170 hours during the period of the project’s implementation, whereby the minimum amount of RO collaboration is 170 hours per annum. During the project’s implementation, the number of hours rendered annually by the participating RO can be 0. 
 

  1. Entities eligible for applying to the call

The call is open to research organisations entered into the database of research and development activity providers (hereinafter the RO Records) as well as private researchers entered into the register of private researchers, with both the RO records and the register being kept by the Agency, and that meet the requirements set out in the Act on Research and Development and the Rules of procedure (co) financing and evaluation, and monitoring the implementation of research activities (hereinafter the Rules). Only research organizations can apply for the basic research projects – AD Programme.

If there are several providers of research activities collaborating on a research activity, the applicant is the parent RO. A parent RO is the RO that submits the application for the research project, is listed first on the application form and employs the leader of the research project upon signing the agreement on implementation and (co-)financing. Research projects that are (co-)financed by the Agency and comply with the framework programme of research and technology development activities of the EU are open to research subjects from the EU, whereby these subjects finance their own part of the research using their own funds. The applicants may register these subjects as participating research groups.
 

  1. Objectives of the call

5.1. The objective of the call is to select:

  • small (basic and applied) research projects
  • post-doctoral (basic and applied) research projects

At least 10% of the selected projects within each discipline must be post-doctoral projects. At least 30% of projects in engineering sciences and technologies, at least 20% in biotechnical sciences, at least 10% in medical sciences and social sciences, and at least 5% in the natural sciences and mathematics must be applied projects. The implementers of at least 20% of the selected projects must be young researchers (up to 10 years since the completion of their first doctoral dissertation).

No more than 10% of projects amounting to €50,000 can be approved for all the disciplines in total (particularly in clinical medicine, mathematics and social sciences). Projects amounting to €50,000 are usually assigned to applications that are at the bottom of the list of approved projects.

5.2. The objective of the call is also to select:

  • basic research programmes – AD Programme.

As a rule, two top ranked projects in the assessment are selected per research discipline, whereby they cannot belong to the same field within the discipline.

In case the project submitted for consideration for the AD Programme is not selected, it can be submitted for consideration for basic research projects in line with the rules applicable for the selection of these projects.    
 

  1. Requirements

The requirements for participation in the call for basic and applied projects and post-doctoral basic and applied projects are set out in the Act on Research and Development, the Methodology for Evaluating Applications for Tenders, (hereinafter: Methodology), in the Rules and in the Rules on the criteria for qualification for project leaders (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 53/16; hereinafter: Rules on the criteria for qualification for project leaders). All listed documents are published on the Agency’s website.

The requirements for participation in the call for basic research projects – AD Programme are laid out in the Methodology.

6.1. Requirements for basic and applied projects and post-doctoral (basic and applied) projects

6.1.1. Basic requirements for applicants and project leaders

Basic and applied projects are to be carried out by a project group comprising the project leader, researchers, as well as professional and technical associates.

The public call applicant must be an eligible applicant in accordance with item 4 of the public call. If the project group comprises several project subgroups at various research organisations, the applicant must have a signed agreement with the other participating research organisations on the regulation of mutual rights and obligations.

The participating RO must collaborate for at least 170 hours during the period of the project’s implementation, whereby the minimum amount of RO collaboration is 170 hours per annum. During the project’s implementation, the number of hours rendered annually by the participating RO can be 0. If the project is granted €50,000, the applicant can exclude or reduce the share carried out by the participating research organisations and must state this in the application – Phase II – Item 28 (indication of the share of participating research organisations).

Pursuant to an agreement with the Austrian FWF Agency, the Hungarian NKFIH Agency and the Croatian HRZZ Agency, the applicant may register projects in collaboration with Austrian, Hungarian or Croatian researchers (researchers that work in Austrian, Hungarian or Croatian research organisations), whereby the agency acts as the “lead agency” and performs the project review. Austrian, Hungarian or Croatian researchers submit the application together with Slovenian researchers, as well as send the application documentation to FWF, NKFIH or HRZZ, as required by the said agencies. The joint project may only be (co)financed if the project is (co)financed by the Agency, FWF, NKFIH or HRZZ.

The applicant of an applied project must ensure that at least 25% of the substantiated project costs are financed by other interested users.

The project leader must have a researcher record number, which means that they must be entered into the database of research and development activity providers kept by the Agency. Project leader without an assigned researcher record number must fill out the ARRS-ZOP-02-2018-1 form, and submit an accompanying statement on the intention of employment.

Researchers who have received a negative grade on a final report for a project in which they were project leaders in the period of three years prior to the starting year of the call cannot apply as project leaders on this call.

If a project received a lower number of points in the evaluation in a previous call (carried out in a single phase) than the amount defined as the overall threshold for the sum of all scores, as specified in Articles 99 or 100 of the Rules, the researcher carrying out the role of a project leader may not apply as a project leader under this call.

Only researchers that are project leaders for a maximum of one project one year after the deadline for the submission of the application for the first stage of the call or after the deadline for the submission of the application for a single-stage procedure, including projects with an extended deadline for project conclusion in accordance with Article 104 of the Rules, may apply as project leaders under this call. Targeted research programmes (TRP) and projects under Articles 139 and 146 of the Rules, as well as new projects and projects under Article 145 of the Rules, for which the co-financed amount is under €50,000.00 per annum, are excluded from the limitation laid out in the previous sentence.

Young doctor candidates are researchers for whom on the closing date of the call no more than ten years have passed since the defence of their first doctorate. Researchers who have already carried out a project as young doctors can no longer register their project as young doctors.

A post-doctoral project can be only carried out by one researcher - a post-doctoral researcher. Post-doctoral researchers fulfil the post-doctoral project leader requirements if no more than three years have passed since they defended their first doctorate (i.e. the doctorate was defended in the period 1 January 2017 – end of this call). A post-doctoral researcher must have defended their doctoral dissertation by 29 January 2020. If a post-doctoral researcher utilises their parental leave under the parental protection insurance, the time period following the year of doctoral defence is extended beyond the three years for a period of one year per child. The same applies to documented absences due to sick or injury leave, other types of absence provided for in the regulations on health insurance, and employment outside research exceeding three months.

Researchers who have already carried out a post-doctoral project or have received funds from the “Researchers at the start of their career/Raziskovalci na začetku kariere” call may no longer register a post-doctoral project.

A researcher may apply as leader for only one research project within the call. 
 

6.1.2. Available capacities and employment

The project leader and the members of the project groups must have available capacities as regards effective research hours to carry out the research project (the maximum permitted capacity for full-time employment is 1700 effective research hours annually, or one FTE) and must be employed by the RO that will carry out the project, or have the status of private researcher. Upon signing the contract, the project leader must have at least 170 effective research hours (0.1 FTE) available annually. A project group member (except for young researchers, doctoral students, financed from other sources, retired researchers and PRO heads who may participate in the project with 0 hours) must upon signing the agreement participate with at least 17 effective research hours (0.01 FTE) available annually.

The agreement must be signed no later than three months after the adoption of the decision on the selection of projects, except in the case of delay of the beginning of (co)financing. The project leader must be employed in at least a 40% full-time capacity at the RO in the Republic of Slovenia carrying out the research project.
 

6.1.3. Research performance of project leaders

Research project leaders must hold a doctoral degree and comply with the following conditions, stated with the minimum values for each parameter. Researchers with young doctor status must fulfil the requirements for young doctors where expressly required.

Requirements for leaders of basic and applied projects are:

  • Achieved requirements regarding citations and a minimum number of points for scientific publications as laid out by Articles 2 and 3 of the Rules on criteria for project leaders,
  • A1/2 ≥ 400 or A' ≥ 200 or A" ≥ 50 or basic requirement,
  • value A' > 0.

The basic requirement for project leader candidates is A1 ≥ A1 minimum, CI ≥ CI minimum and A3 ≥ A3 minimum.

Requirements for A1 minimum, CI minimum and A3 minimum for each discipline and field are listed in the table below. The field is listed if it is considered an exception and therefore has different requirements than the discipline. For fields that are not listed, the requirements for the discipline are applicable.

  1. Grade A1
  1. A1 minimum is as follows:
     
Discipline/Field A1 minimum
Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medical Sciences, Biotechnical Sciences, Social Sciences, Archaeology, Geography 0.5
Humanities, Law, National Issues 1

 

  1. For project leaders with young doctor status, the A1 minimum is set out in the following table:
     
Discipline/Field A1 minimum
Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medical Sciences, Biotechnical Sciences, Social Sciences, Archaeology, Geography 0.4
Humanities, Law, National Issues 1

 

  1. Pure citations
  1. The minimum number of pure citations, CI minimum, for project leaders is as follows:
     
Discipline/Field CI minimum
Humanities, Law, National Issues 1
Social Sciences, Archaeology, Geography 5
Mining and Geotechnology, Geodesy, Transport, Hydrology, Psychology, Sport 15
Engineering, Biotechnical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Geology 50
Medical Sciences, Biology, Computationally Intensive Methods and Applications, Chemical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Materials 100
Natural Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Biotechnology 200

 

  1. For research project leaders with young doctor status, the minimum number of pure citations, CI minimum, is as follows:
     
Discipline/Field CI minimum
Humanities, Law, National Issues 1
Social Sciences, Mining and Geotechnology, Transport, Hydrology 5
Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Geology, Forestry, Wood and Paper Industry, Plant Production and Processing, Geography 10
Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Biotechnical Sciences 20

 

  1. Other quantitative conditions

For project leaders, A3 minimum equals 0.

Requirements for post-doctoral project leaders are:

  • At least one scientific publication, as laid out in the secondary regulations setting our research performance criteria,
  • organizational and leadership skills,
  • value A1> 0,
  • value A' > 0.

Quantitative grades for each evaluation factor (A1 and CI) and for each scientific discipline defined in the Methodology are obtained and calculated by the Agency. To calculate the quantitative grade, the Agency will use the data entered into the SICRIS (COBISS) databases and the Agency’s records on the closing date of the call (A1) or on the day of the last data capture in the SICRIS (COBISS) database prior to the closure of the call (CI).   
 

6.2. Requirements for basic research programmes – AD Programme

  • On the closing date of the call, the leader of the submitted project must be living abroad for at least one year and must not be employed in the Republic of Slovenia.  The requirement of living abroad for a period of one year is also considered fulfilled if the leader of the submitted project defended their doctoral dissertation abroad in 2019 or prior to the closure of the call.
  • On the closing date of the call, the leader of the submitted project must fulfil the requirement that no more than 10 years have passed since he defended his first doctorate.
  • The leader of the submitted project must be a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia on the closing date of the call.
  • The leader of the submitted project must be listed as working on the research project they lead for at least 680 effective research hours annually (40% of 1700 effective research hours). Upon concluding the agreement on co-financing a project successful on the call, the project leader must be listed as employed for research activities in a share of no less than 40%.
  • The leader of the submitted project must fulfil the requirements for leaders of basic projects.
  • In case of a successful application, the researchers cannot submit a second project for consideration within the same or a similar mechanism, that is a mechanism for financing projects by researchers returning to the Republic of Slovenia from abroad. 
     
  1. Applying to the call

Applications for the call are made by completing the ARRS-RPROJ-JR-Prijava/2019 Application Form, available on the Agency’s eObrazci web portal. The portal may be used by researchers listed in the Agency register, the eObrazci administrators at an RO, RO representatives, RO authorized representatives and additional users. The web portal eObrazci may be accessed in two ways:

  • using a digital certificate (SIGEN-CA, SIGOV-CA, NLB-CA, POSTArCA or HALCOM-CA),
  • using a username and password (researchers can obtain a password themselves by going to the eObrazci website, other users are given a password by the eObrazci administrator at the RO or by the Agency). The application form must be filled out in Slovenian and English - it must be completed in both languages.

The applicant must state in the application form whether the content of the research project proposal should be treated as a trade secret.

The project group is an integral part of the application. The project group as listed on the application form cannot be changed until the end of the year in which the implementation of the research project begins, except in the case of employment termination, retirement, death of a project group member or other reasons substantiated in writing.

The applicants proposing projects in which a corporate entity is registered as an implementer, co-implementer or co-financer of the project will also have to submit a completed ARRS-RPROJ-JR-Prijava/2019-DP Form for Granting State Aid pursuant to the Rules on State Aid for research activities, No. 007-7/2015-11, published on 8 April 2016, entering into force on 9 April 2016.
 

  1. Evaluation criteria

The evaluation requirements, criteria and indicators for evaluating the project proposals are set out in the Rules and the Rules on the criteria for qualification for project leaders, and the evaluation method is set out in the Methodology.

Criteria and indicators for research project assessment are specified in Articles 99 and 100 of the Rules and are as follows:

  • for basic projects and post-doctoral basic projects:
  • Scientific excellence of researchers
  • Scientific, technological or innovation excellence
  • Quality and efficiency of implementation and management
  • for applied projects and post-doctoral applied projects:
  • Scientific excellence of researchers
  • Scientific, technological or innovation excellence
  • Potential impact due to the development, dissemination and application of expected research results
  • Quality and efficiency of implementation and management

Basic research projects – AD Programme are evaluated according to the criteria and indicators for evaluating basic projects, as set out in Article 99 of the Rules.
 

  1. Project evaluation

The application evaluation procedure is carried out in a single phase. Applications are evaluated in accordance with the provisions of the Rules applicable to evaluation of applications in the second phase.

Applications for basic and applied projects, post-doctoral basic and applied projects and basic research projects – AD Programme are evaluated by two foreign reviewers according to the procedure laid out in Article 93 of the Rules. In case of an unconsolidated report by the reviewers, the expert body assigns a third reviewer. 
 

  1. Research project duration

The expected start of the (co-)financing of project implementation is 1 July 2020, depending of the funds available in the budget of the Republic of Slovenia and the Agency’s financial plan. The expected start date of the co-financing of project implementation will be communicated to the applicants while the call is in progress.

The selected projects are (co-)financed by the Agency for up to three years, with the exception of post-doctoral research projects, which are (co-)financed for two years. The selected projects will be allocated an annual amount of research hours, and this number of effective research hours is applicable for each year of the project’s duration as part of this call.
 

  1. Project selection

Projects with a total or individual grade that is lower than the limit set in the Rules and Methodology cannot be selected as co-financed projects.

A temporary expert body draws up a draft priority list of projects and submit it to the SCA for discussion. The SCA draws up a draft of the financially evaluated priority list for the selection of projects and sends it to the Managing Director of the Agency for a decision. On the basis of a decision, the Managing Director of the Agency then issues each applicant with a notification on the selection or rejection of their application.

Basic research projects – AD Programme are selected according to the following procedure:

  • The temporary expert body draws up a draft priority list of projects, starting with the 2 highest evaluated projects per research discipline, which must concern different fields within the discipline. In case all submitted projects within the discipline concern the same field, the priority list includes 2 projects concerning the same field. 
  • If the draft priority project list contains fewer than 12 project submissions, the remainder of the funds for the public call (allocated for Item 2.c of the public call) are proportionately divided among those disciplines of the entire public call, for which the temporary expert body did not list 2 project submissions on the draft priority project list.
  • If a basic research project – AD Programme is not selected within this programme, it can be submitted for consideration for basic research projects in line with the rules applicable for the selection of these projects.   
  • The panel for each discipline including applications for (co-)financing basic research projects – AD Programme that fulfil the requirements of the public call and have not been listed on the draft priority project list based on indents 1 and 3 of this paragraph, additionally proposes up to three applications for the reserve list. The reserve list applications are to be considered by the SCA within the scope of its competences, adding to the draft priority project list up to the amount of the funds available for the public call (for Item 2.c of the public call), whereby the draft priority list may include more than two projects per research discipline.
  1. Legal remedies

An applicant may appeal the decision on the results of the application selection within 15 days of receiving notification of the selection. Management Board of the Agency issues a decision on the appeal.

A filed appeal does not delay the signing of contracts with selected applicants. 
 

  1. Open access to reviewed scientific publications and web access to information about the research project

In accordance with the provisions of the National strategy for open access to scientific publications and research data in the Republic of Slovenia 2015-2020*, all reviewed scientific publications arising from the implementation of a research project must be published in open access. A reviewed scientific publication must also include information on the financer or financers and the project number in accordance with Article 105 of the Rules.

After the project is approved, the applicant must create a website or subpage on their RO’s website dedicated to the project and enabling the dissemination of its results. The minimum requirements of the website content are: a description of the project’s content including basic information about financing, composition of the project group with links to data in the SICRIS system, the project phases and descriptions of their implementation, bibliographical references arising directly from the implementation of the project, as well as the Slovenian Research Agency’s logo and logos of other co-financers. Content included in the SICRIS system should be linked and need not be provided twice. The project presentation website must remain active for five years following the conclusion of the project. The implementer reports on the establishment of the website in the interim and final report.

*Web address
 

  1. Means, form and deadline for application submission

The application to the call can be submitted in the form set out in Item 11.1 (electronic application using a qualified digital signature) or as is set out in Item 11.2 (in electronic form without a qualified digital signature and printed application).

Applicants are advised to not submit their applications on the final day before the call deadline, as the server may experience an overload.

A reviewer receives for evaluation the application filled out in English, as completed by the applicant on the Agency web portal. This means that the reviewer receives only the application text entered in the fields for the English text, together with the attachments uploaded to the section for the English text. It is the responsibility of the applicant to correctly fill out the application. The Agency will not verify the correctness of the application or its attachments.
 

14.1. Submitting applications using a qualified digital signature

The application must be completed and submitted using the ARRS-RPROJ-JR-Prijava/2019 Application form available on the Agency’s website at eObrazci. A submitted application is deemed complete if it carries both digital signatures (the applicant’s representative or authorised person and the research project leader).

Applications must be submitted by 2 p.m. on 29 January 2020. An application using digital signatures will be considered timely if it is completed and carries both digital signatures on the Agency’s website at eObrazci by 2 p.m. on 29 January 2020.
 

14.2. Submitting applications without a qualified digital signature

If the applicant (representative or authorised person of the applicant) and/or project leader do not have a digital signature, the application can be completed and submitted in electronic form (digitally unsigned) on the Agency’s website at eObrazci (the ARRS-RPROJ-JR-Prijava/2019 Application Form) and in printed form, which must have a handwritten signature of the representative or authorised person of the applicant and project leader, as well as a stamp of the applicant.

Both forms of application, electronic without a digital signature and printed application, must be completely identical in content.

The printed application must be delivered in a sealed envelope marked “Do not open – application for the Public call for the (co-)financing of research projects in 2020 – application no. ______” and the name and address of the applicant to: Javna agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije, Bleiweisova cesta 30, 1000 Ljubljana.

An application without a digital signature will be considered timely if it is completed on the Agency’s website eObrazci by 2 p.m. on 29 January 2020 and if the printed form is also received by the main office of the Slovenian Research Agency by 2 p.m. on 29 January 2020. An application is also considered to be timely if it is sent by registered mail in Slovenia by 2 p.m. on 29 January 2020 (determined by the post stamp).

 

  1. Opening of applications

The committee for opening applications will open all applications that are delivered in time and marked correctly on 31 January 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the registered office of the Slovenian Research Agency, Bleiweisova cesta 30, 1000 Ljubljana.

Untimely and incorrectly marked applications will not be considered by the committee for opening applications and will be returned unopened to the applicant with an accompanying letter (except in the event that the applicant’s details on the envelope are illegible and the application must be opened). 
 

  1. Deadline for applicant notification on the outcome of the call

It is foreseen that the applicants will be notified about the project selection in June 2020.

 

  1. Time, place and person where interested parties can collect the call documents

The call documents are available on the Agency website (http://www.arrs.gov.si/sl/razpisi/).

Information in connection with the call can be found on the Agency website at http://www.arrs.si/sl/ or obtained at the Slovenian Research Agency, Bleiweisova cesta 30, 1000 Ljubljana, weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Contact persons: +386 (0)1 400 5960 (Ms. Vanja Rodič, Ms. Almira Bremec, Ms. Alja Kastelic Primc, Ms. Mateja Gašpirc and Ms. Tina Valenci).

 

Number:  6316-9/2019-2
Date:    10 December 2019

Slovenian Research Agency
Prof. Dr. József Györkös 
Managing Director

 

Published in the Official Gazette of the RS, No. 74/2019 on 13 December 2019

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