Slovenia: MIZS

Name of Funding agency 

MINISTRSTVO ZA IZOBRAZEVANJE, ZNANOST IN SPORT (MIZS)

Geographical coverage (national/regional

National

Name of the programme/initiative:

Programs of International Scientific Cooperation

Programme website

 https://www.gov.si/zbirke/projekti-in-programi/era-net-m-era-net/

Programme owner

Ministrstvo za izobrazevanje, znanost in sport  - MIZS

Program manager (excecuting funding organisation)

Ministrstvo za izobrazevanje, znanost in sport  - MIZS

Contact person(s) (e-mail, tel.)

Name: Doroteja Zlobec

Phone:+386 (0)1 478 4624

e-mail: doroteja.zlobec@gov.si

Funding Commitment

840.000,00 EUR

Anticipated number of fundable research partners

4 projects with SI partners

Maximum funding per grant awarded to a partner

210.000,00 EUR (including VAT) per SI part of the project for 3 years

70.000,00 EUR (including VAT) per SI part of the project per year

Type of research eligible for funding: eligible TRL range

Type of research funded: basic/applied – for Slovenian partner TRL range: 1-6

Basic research or applied research. The type of research conducted by Slovenian researchers must be defined and explained in the project proposal.

Funding rates (approx.)

Funding: 100 % for research organization (such as universities, public and private research institutes) who’s financed activity is non-economic in accordance with the provisions of Community Framework for State Aid for Research and Development and Innovation (OJ EU C 198, 27. 6. 2014). Wide dissemination of research results on a non-exclusive and non-discriminatory basis is required.

For research organizations who’s financed activity is economic in accordance with the provisions of Community Framework for State Aid for Research and Development and Innovation the provisions of the Community Framework for State Aid for Research and Development and Innovation (OJ EU C 198, 27. 6. 2014) and the national scheme for state aid in Research and Development: Program za spodbujanje raziskav in razvoja Ministrstva za izobraževanja, znanost in šport na področju znanosti, št 631-1/2016-7, 8.1.2016, applies.

 

(max 65% for large, max 75% for middle and max 80% for small enterprise)

 

 

Major eligibility criteria

(e.g. types of organisations, thematic restriction, cost types and caps)

Additional criteria – at least 3 different countries

Minimum of 3 applicants (all requesting funding from a funding organisation listed in Annex 3) from at least 3 different countries (at least 2 European or associated country) participating in the Call 2021 are needed in consortium to be eligible for MIZS.

 

Limitation of participation in the projects

Particular key researcher (1st or 2nd Key person in the Annex1 to the Full-Proposal) is eligible to participate only in one proposed project.

If in the process MIZS will be requested to avoid oversubscription of the project in Full proposal, proposals related to Transversal priority: research on future batteries will be prioritized.

Legal basis – national regulation

State Administration Act (Zakon o državni upravi) - Article 16 and 39; Public Finance Act (Zakon o javnih financah) - Article 106. j; Regulation on the procedure of standards and manners to allocate means for the promotion of the evolutional programme and the preferential tasks (Uredba o postopku, merilih in načinih dodeljevanja sredstev za spodbujanje razvojnih programov in prednostnih nalog); Implementation of the Republic of Slovenia’s Budget for 2020 and 2021 Act (Zakon o izvrševanju proračunov Republike Slovenije za leti 2020 in 2021 (ZIPRS 2021); Intergrity and Prevention of Corruption Act (Zakon o integriteti in preprečevanju korupcije); Resolution on the National Research and Development Programme 2011-2020  (Resolucija o raziskovalni in inovacijski strategiji Slovenije 2011-2020 (RISS) (Uradni list RS, št. 43/11)), Research and development Act (Zakon o raziskovalni in razvojni dejavnosti); Decree on norms and standards used to determine funding for research activities financed from the Republic of Slovenia budget (Uredba o normativih in standardih za določanje sredstev za izvajanje raziskovalne dejavnosti, financirane iz Proračuna Republike Slovenije); Rules on criteria for establishing compliance with the conditions for being the head of a research project (Pravilnik o kriterijih za ugotavljanje izpolnjevanja pogojev za vodjo raziskovalnega projekta); Community Framework for State Aid for Research and Development and Innovation the provisions of the Community Framework for State Aid for Research and Development and Innovation (OJ EU C 198, 27. 6. 2014) (Okvir za državno pomoč za raziskave in razvoj ter inovacije (2014/C 198/01)); National scheme for state aid in Research and Development (Program za spodbujanje raziskav in razvoja Ministrstva za izobraževanje, znanost in šport na področju znanosti 2016-2020); National strategy of open access to scientific publications and research data in Slovenia 2015-2020 (Nacionalna strategija odprtega dostopa do znanstvenih objav in raziskovalnih podatkov v Sloveniji 2015-2020.

 

Eligibility of a partner as a beneficiary institution: research organizations as defined in the national Research and Development Act (Zakon o raziskovalni in razvojni dejavnosti – ZRRD). All participating institutions have to be registered in the Slovenian Research Agency register of research institutions (Informacijski sistem o raziskovalni dejavnosti v Sloveniji - Sicris).

Eligibility of principal investigator and other research team members: The project activities of each Slovenian partner have to be under the supervision of the primary investigator/primary researcher who fulfills the requirements for project leader as defined in Art. 29 of the national Decree on norms and standards used to determine funding for research activities financed from the Republic of Slovenia budget (Uredba o normativih in standardih za določanje sredstev za izvajanje raziskovalne dejavnosti, financirane iz Proračuna Republike Slovenije ) hereinafter: Decree on criteria and standards). The criteria are further determined in the Rules on Determining the Fulfillment of Conditions for a Research Project Leader (Pravilnik o kriterijih za ugotavljanje izpolnjevanja pogojev za vodjo raziskovalnega projekta). All participating researchers have to be registered in the Slovenian Research Agency register of researchers (Sicris) and must have available research hours.

Total requested funding per project: for all Slovenian partners within one consortium cofunding from MIZS must not exceed 70.000,00 EUR (including VAT) per year and 210.000,00 EUR (including VAT) for the total project duration of 36 months).

Eligibility of costs: MIZS will fund all eligible costs of Slovenian researchers participating in successful transnational projects, recommended for funding in accordance with the Decree on criteria and standards. Eligible costs are defined based on the FTE value according to the Slovenian Research Agency’s research project categorization (A, B, C or D based on the research conducted).  Eligible costs must be directly related to the research conducted and should include personnel, material and equipment costs as elements of the FTE. Indirect costs are eligible. The value is calculated based on the FTE value of category A, B, C, or D research projects, under the condition that costs under each of the specific FTE elements are appropriately decreased (by a max. of 20% for indirect costs). Providing the stipulated conditions are met, the Public Procurement Act (Zakon o javnem naročanju) applies.

Period of eligibility of public expenditures: as of budgetary year 2023 until the end of the budgetary year 2025.

Period of eligibility of expenditures on the project: From the starting date of the transnational project stipulated in the consortium agreement for a max. period of 36 months, with a prescribed additional 30 day period for the payment of invoices related to the project costs. The period of eligibility of expenditures on the project can only start from the date the national contract enters into effect. The exact duration of the project will be defined in the contract between MIZS and the selected Slovenian partner, after the consortium agreement between the selected consortium partners enters into force.

 

Submission of the proposal at national/regional level (schedule, cut-off dates, deadlines, etc.)

According to the timeline and procedures of transnational joint call. No additional national applications are needed in the selection process.

National contracting negotiations will commence after the projects are selected for funding on the level of the transnational call. National documentation, including evidence of the starting date of the transnational project (in the form of a Consortia Agreement or statement on the starting date by the transnational project coordinator), will be a prerequisite for signing the contract on national level.

Submission of financial and scientific reports at the national/regional level

Financial and scientific reports are requested every year on a national level and are mandatory for payment.

Further guidance

All Slovenian applicants must refer to the guidelines for Slovenian applicants published on the webpage (https://www.gov.si/zbirke/projekti-in-programi/era-net-m-era-net/).

 

All Slovenian applicants are strongly advised to contact the Slovenian National Contact Person before preparing proposals for application.