In 2007, the Ministry of Science and Education, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, started the “Unity through Knowledge Fund” (UKF). The Fund provided support to scientific research projects implemented in collaboration with Croatian scientists living abroad and leading scientific institutions, professional development of young researchers (doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers) and collaboration between industry and the scientific community.

The Croatian Science Foundation assumed the implementation of the UKF Programme on 19 February 2014 by signing the Agreement on the Transfer of the Implementation of the Fund and became the beneficiary of the Loan through an amendment to the Loan Agreement 8258-HR for STP II as of 25 February 2015.

Three programmes were implemented within the Programme: 1) Research Cooperability, 2) Connectivity, 3) Young Researchers Program.

The Fund officially closed on 30 April 2020. Read more on the Fund’s previous programmes at