On 10 October 2023, the final conference of the Cooperation Programme with Croatian Scientists in the Diaspora “Research Cooperability”, co-financed by the European Social Fund was held at the Multimedia Hall of the Croatian Heritage Foundation.
22 research projects were financed within the programme, which were implemented through cooperation of scientists from Croatian institutions and scientists of Croatian descent employed at institutions abroad in the period from 1 October 2019 to 31 May 2023.
In just under four years of implementation, more than 50 young researchers were employed, five of whom came from abroad, recognizing the PIs and Croatia as a desirable environment for starting or continuing their careers. Four new PhD degrees were awarded. After the completion of the projects, the Foundation took over the financing of the remaining doctoral students for up to 48 months, so we believe that by the end of 2023 and in 2024, this number of new PhDs will be much higher.
More than 220 papers have been published in top international and domestic scientific journals, some of which ended up on magazine covers, selected collections, etc. Project team members delivered more than 400 oral presentations, posters or invited lectures. They received awards – state, institutional, professional, received major European and other international projects, developed patents and innovations. The success of the Programme is best illustrated by the fact that more than 70% of the projects completed their implementation with the highest A score awarded to them by the Foundation’s evaluators and the Management Committee.