International cooperation

Multilateral cooperation


Aim and Objectives

COST - European CO-operation in Science and Technology is the European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. COST’s aim is to enable breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts and products. It hereby contributes to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.

While the COST does not fund research itself, it provides support for networking activities carried out within COST Actions. COST Actions are active through a range of networking tools, such as meetings, workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs) and dissemination activities. COST Actions are open to researchers from universities, public and private research institutions, as well as to NGOs, industry and SMEs.

COST invites researchers throughout Europe to submit proposals for COST Actions through a continuous Open Call.

For more information on next collection dates and how to submit a proposal for a COST Action, please visit the Open Call page.

Researchers can also apply to join an existing COST Action or become involved in various COST Action activities.

(Source: COST)

How do I join a COST Action?

  1. Submit your COST Action proposal Participants are invited to submit proposals for COST Actions contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. For more information please visit the COST webpage.
  2. Join an Existing COST Action
    1. Each Member State may appoint two members of the Management Committee (MC Members) and three MC Substitute Members. Interested research organization from Slovenia, which has running national or European projects, that represent a source of funding for research, should express interest to join COST action and fill-in the form. The appointment is carried out by the COST National Coordinator.
    2. In accordance with a Chair of the action, participants can participate in COST action, as member of working group as well.

For more information on how to join, please visit the COST Participate page.

(Source: COST)

Mrs Mojca Boc
COST National Coordinator
Department of Research Infrastructure and International Cooperation
tel. (+386 1) 400 5971

EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation

Aim and Objectives

The Agency encourages participation of Slovenian research organizations in EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation calls for proposals. Slovenian organizations, which applied for the project as the applicant or the main coordinator or participated as a partner in an international consortium for a project in connection with published calls for proposals within the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, and have received over 65% of the total score in the evaluation process are entitled to a one-time financial contribution to the costs of the project application.

Financial contributions to the costs of preparation and application of the project amount to:

  • EUR 2.000 per project application, if a Slovenian organization applied as the coordinator or the applicant within an international consortium, and
  • EUR 1.000 per project application, if a Slovenian organization participated within an international consortium or applied for the project independently, if so assumed by the invitation of the European Commission.

Target audience

Researchers apply through research institutions as applicants. Private researchers entered in the database on implementers of research & development activities in the Republic of Slovenia and in the Register of private researchers run by the Agency are also eligible to apply.

Aleksandra Panič
Department of Research Infrastructure and International Cooperation
tel. (01) 400 5924


Brief description of the purpose of the instrument

Prima - is a partnership in field of research and innovation in the Mediterranean area and acts as a joint scientific, financial and administrative management through a single secretariat. The PRIMA program was approved for implementation in the period from 7 August 2017 to 31 December 2028. Funding for the implementation of this program comes from EU framework programs and is co-financed by the countries that have joined this partnership. The partnership operates in three key areas with a focus on the Mediterranean. Those areas are water management, agricultural systems and agri-food chains. PRIMA includes successful Mediterranean research organizations with innovative solutions in agri-food and water systems which by the end of the program contribute to the sustainable use of natural resources, economic growth and stability. The program involves agencies from 19 partner countries: Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.

Activities related to Slovenia's participation in the PRIMA program are coordinated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia. Slovenian Research Agency follows the basis of the relevant ministry and (co)finances the Slovenian part of the joint research project in accordance with its legal norms in joint PRIMA research projects, which are positively evaluated and proposed for co-financing.

Link to website:

Frančiška Rožič Novak
tel. +386 1 400 5950