The Cooperation Programme with Croatian Scientists in Diaspora “Research Cooperability” is a programme financed from the European Social Fund in the framework of the Operational programme “Efficient Human Resources 2014-2020”.
The aim of the “Research Cooperability” Programme is transfer of knowledge and attracting investments into the Croatian science and technology system, and indirectly into the economy as well, by means of collaboration between Croatian-based scientists and scientists of Croatian nationality or origin who live and work abroad. Such collaboration would enhance their networking activities, with special emphasis on career development of early-career researchers. In addition, it is intended to develop and strengthen their capacities for participation in calls of European and international organisations.
The Call published within the “Research Cooperability” Programme provides for the implementation of joint research projects in the period from 1 October 2019 to 31 May 2023 at the latest and recruitment of at least two full-time young researchers (one doctoral student and one post-doctoral researcher or doctoral student).
The Programme’s highest body is the Steering Committee, which is responsible for the management, coordination and successful implementation of the Programme and for recommending project proposals for funding. Steering Committee members were elected on the basis of a public call for nominations.
The Steering Committee is made up of the following members:
– Dr. sc. Tanja Šegvić Bubić, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Split
– Izv. prof. dr. sc. Vesna Boraska Perica, Faculty of Medicine, University of Split
– Prof. dr. sc. Mirjana Čižmešija, Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb
– Dr. sc. Robert Vianello, Ruđer Bošković Institute
– Prof. dr. sc. Bruno Zelić, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, University of Zagreb
The Call within this Programme was open from 03 January 2019 to 28 February 2019. A total of 75 project proposals were submitted. Project proposals that passed the administrative check were referred to the Steering Committee. Based on the nature of the submitted proposals, the Steering Committee nominated evaluation panels, which were appointed by the Board of the Foundation. Nine panels were formed in total, with each panel comprising of at least three members, who were not compensated for their work. The evaluation panels nominated peer reviewers for each proposal.
Peer review was conducted according to pre-defined criteria, which were published within the Call. Each project proposal needed to be assessed by two peer reviewers. During the final evaluation, evaluation panels assessed only those proposals which received two positive reviews and were asked to provide an explanation as to why a negatively assessed proposal would not be recommended for funding. The panel members read all reviews, assessed the project proposals’ work and financial plans, considered ethical issues, organizational support and additional documentation.
All project proposals that received two positive reviews and were awarded mark A by the panel were ranked according to the points they were awarded by the peer reviewers. Taking into account the available funds and the total requested amount from all received proposals, the percentage of proposals that may be financed was calculated. This percentage was then applied to each individual panel.
Monitoring funded projects
The Organization and the Principal Investigator submit quarterly reports on the implementation of project activities to the Foundation, which serve as the basis for reimbursement of funds, while they also submit annual reports on the scientific progress of the project, which are assessed by evaluators. During project implementation, every project will be the subject of an on-the-spot-check, which will be used to further assess the progress and activities of the project.
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