Young Researchers’ Career Development Project – Training New Doctoral Students

The Call is open for application to candidates for mentor.
The mentor is the person responsible for the doctoral student’s scientific progress and should be an active researcher. The mentor’s application should clearly define the doctoral student’s training modules, work methods and tasks, as well as how the acquired knowledge is to be applied.

Call DOK-2020-02 in brief

Call opening date: 12 January 2021
Call closing date: 16 February 2021 until 13:00 (CET)
The Call is open to all scientific fields.
: scientist with internationally recognized achievements in science and/or technology.
Estimated number of funded doctoral students: 200
Single amount of funding: doctoral student’s annual gross salary
Project funding duration: 4 years maximum
Estimated beginning of financing: mid-2021

Call for Proposals

Application Forms

Form A – Mentor’s application (in Croatian)

Form B – Career Development Plan (in Croatian)

Form C – Institutional Support Letter (in Croatian)



Thematic Call for Research Projects
“Health, Economic and Educational Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic” (IP-CORONA-2020-12)

The objective of the Call is to finance fundamental and applied scientific research that creates new and improves existing knowledge about the COVID-19 pandemic and enhancing society’s resilience to emergency situations, with an emphasis on the protection of health of the population, sustainable economic recovery and growth and strengthening high-quality and inclusive educational system in the Republic of Croatia.

Research topics include: health aspects of the pandemic (biology and pathogeneses of COVID-19, development of new approaches to therapy and diagnostics of COVID-19, clinical characterization and management of the COVID-19 disease, epidemiological research), economic and legal aspects of the pandemic (role of pandemic-induced public and economic policies in the recovery and increase of resilience of the entrepreneurship and non-profit sectors, effects of the pandemic and guidelines for sustainable recovery of the services and tourism sectors, legislative framework of economic and social measures adopted for health protection during the pandemic and guidelines for their improvement) and educational and pedagogic aspects of the pandemic (reducing social interactions during distance learning and outcomes of the educational process, educational priorities, adjustment of teaching methods and school curriculum and support at all education levels for achieving optimal educational outcomes during the pandemic, education and care for especially vulnerable groups during the pandemic).

Projects selected for funding through this Call should be based on innovative research ideas and strong research teams that will conduct their research in Croatian scientific institutions. Principal Investigators should be internationally acclaimed scientists. National and international networking of research teams and pooling of equipment and other research capacities is strongly encouraged.

Call opening date: 11 November 2020
Application deadline: 21 December 2020 @ 13.00 (CET)
Budget: c. HRK 10,000,000.00; funding per project: between HRK 600,000.00 and 1,500,000.00 for Research Topic 1, between HRK 400,000.00 and 750,000.00 for Research Topics 2 and 3.
Project funding period: 18 months
Estimated start of projects: April 2021


Text of the Call (.pdf)




The present Call enables Swiss-Croatian research teams to apply to calls published by both the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Croatian Science Foundation. The Call is implemented according to the Lead Agency principle. In the present Call, the role of Lead Agency is assumed by SNSF. 

The Call IPCH-2020-10 in brief:

Call opening date: 10 July 2020
Application deadline: joint proposal should be submitted to SNSF by 1 October 2020 @17.00 (CET), while the Croatian PI should submit their supporting documents to the Croatian Science Foundation’s EPP system by 2 October 2020 by 12.00 noon (CET).
Research areas: all scientific disciplines
Project funding duration: 4 years


Call for Proposals (.pdf)
Administrative Form (.doc)
Work Plan (.doc)
Financial Plan (.xls)
Institutional Support Letter (.doc)

Apart from the documents above, the Croatian PI should also submit the following documents (PDF versions of documents submitted to SNSF): CV with five-year track record and research results in the previous five-year period.

More information on the Lead Agency procedure can be found at the following link:

More information on the submission to SNSF can be found at the following link:



ERA-NET COFUND on the Blue Bioeconomy – BlueBio


The Call is targeted on supply systems in the blue bioeconomy: logistics and transportation – from harvest to processing

Short proposal submission deadline: 14 September 2020 @13.00 CET.

All documents and information related to the Call can be found at the following link:

Leaders of Croatian research teams within project consortia are obliged to submit additional documentation to the Croatian Science Foundation not later than 2 days after the whole consortium has submitted their proposal.

Croatian applicants are invited to direct their questions directly to the Croatian Science Foundation: Jasminka Boljević (Head of the Deparment for International Programmes and Funds), e-mail:



Call for Proposals “Management of infectious diseases caused by coronaviruses and social and educational aspects of the pandemic”(IP-CORONA-2020-04)

The aim of the Call is enhancing our understanding of the biology and pathogenesis of the coronavirus, more specifically SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 infectous disease, crisis management during and after the epidemics caused by coronaviruses and the organization and implementation of distance learning at all levels of the education system.

Research topics of the Call:

  1. Response of the immune system and development of novel diagnostic approaches to COVID-19
  2. Development of new vaccines, treatments as well as drugs and agents for COVID-19 inhibition
  3. Social aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic
  4. Educational aspects of the pandemic


Call publication date: 30 March 2020

Submission deadline: 20 April 2020 @13.00 (CET)

Budget: around HRK 14 million; HRK 600,000 to 1,500,000 per project for research topics 1 and 2, HRK 400,000 to 750,000 per project for research topics 3 and 4

Project funding duration: 18 months

Approximate project start date: June 2020


Text of the Call (.doc)



Research Projects

The Programme “Research Projects” has been established for funding fundamental research whose goal is creating new and enhancing existing knowledge about a specific area and that is directed at better understanding of the research topic as well as applied research that is conducted with clear technological, economic or social aims in mind.

Call IP-2020-02 in brief:

Call publication date: 29 November 2019

Submission deadline: 13 February 2020 @13.00 (CET)

The Call is open to all scientific fields

Project funding duration: 4 years


Text of the Call (.pdf)



Installation Research Projects


The goal of the Programme “Installation Research Projects” is providing support to the establishment of new research groups of young scientists in order to accelerate the establishment of autonomous research careers after the acquisition of a doctoral degree. Scientists who were evaluated positively will have the opportunity to establish their own research groups that will engage in innovative research topics.


The Programme shall enable young scientists to establish their own research group and laboratory (in case a laboratory is required for the research) during a five-year period. The project proposal should primarily include the development of new research topics and/or methodology.


The Call is intended for researchers that obtained their doctorate at least two years and at most seven years before the Call deadline, who would like to form or develop a new research team and become independent researchers.


Call UIP-2020-02 in brief:

Objective: supporting the development of autonomous research careers of young scientists in its crucial stage, when they are capable of establishing a new research group that would deal with internationally competitive and/or nationally relevant scientific topics.

Call publication date: 29 November 2019

Submission deadline: 13 February 2020 @13.00 (CET)

The Call is open to all scientific fields

The Applicant: scientist who acquired his/her PhD more than 2 but less than 7 years ago from the closing date of the Installation Research Projects Call.

Project funding duration: 5 years


Text of the Call (.pdf)





Pursuant to the Bilateral Collaboration Agreement between the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) and the Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ), the Croatian Science Foundation publishes the call for co-financing the Croatian part of Slovenian-Croatian joint research projects. The Slovenian-Croatian joint research project shall comprise of a Slovenian and a Croatian research team, headed by the Slovenian Principal Investigator. The Slovenian Principal Investigator, in collaboration with their Croatian partner, prepares a project proposal and submits it to the Call published by the Slovenian Research Agency.

In parallel to this, the Croatian team, headed by the Croatian Principal Investigator, submits to the Croatian Science Foundation their application, which consists of the Administrative Form, Work Plan and Financial Plan of the Croatian part of the project, Institutional Support Form, letters of intent and additional documents.

The project proposals should contain a joint scientific description of the project and indicate the individual scientific contribution of the Slovenian and Croatian scientists. The Slovenian and Croatian parts of the joint research project should be closely connected, complementary, while the scientific contribution of both sides should be clearly elaborated, visible and transparent.

Application procedure:

  1. The Slovenian Principal Investigator submits a joint project proposal by the Slovenian-Croatian research group to the relevant agency, i.e. to the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) with complete documentation as specified in the ARRS Call.
  2. At the same time, the Croatian principal investigator submits an application to the Croatian Science Foundation.
  3. The application to HRZZ consists of the Administrative Form, Work Plan, Financial Plan, Institutional Support Letter, letters of intent and additional documents. The Work Plan contains activities of the joint project which will be conducted by the Croatian research group, while the Financial Plan contains only the costs to be funded by HRZZ.
  4. The evaluation process for this Call will be conducted by ARRS while HRZZ will take part in assessing the eligibility of the applicants.


Call IPS-2020-01 in brief:

Call publication date: 13 December 2019

Submission deadline: 29 January 2020 @13.00 (CET)

The Call is open to all scientific fields

Project funding duration: 3 years


Text of the Call (.pdf)



Young Researchers’ Career Development Project – Training New Doctoral Students


The goal of the Call is securing stable financing of doctoral students’ career development. Mentors will be provided with an opportunity to include research-oriented doctoral students into their projects, thus directing their careers toward top-notch science. The ultimate goal of the Project is to educate new PhDs, who would purrsue a career in competitive research or the economy.


The Programme provides for funding doctoral students’ gross salaries, the primary aim being the delivery of a doctoral dissertation and adopting knowledge regarding basic postulates of scientific work and research.


Call publication date: 19 November 2019

Mentors’ application deadline: 21 January @ 13.00 (CET)

Mentor: scientist with internationally recognised achievements in science and/or technology Researchers from all areas of science are eligible to apply.

Approximate number of doctoral students to be funded: 200

Individual amount of funding: total cost of doctoral student’s salary

Duration of funding: 4 years maximum

Approximate project start date: mid-2020


Text of the Call (.pdf)



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DOK-2018-01 (ESF)

Young Researchers’ Career Development Project – Training New Doctoral Students


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Installation Research Projects


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Partnership in Research


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