A bilateral programme the objective of which is to intensify cooperation between Austria and Slovakia in the field of education and research. The Programme is funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy of the Republic of Austria on the basis of the agreement signed in 1992. The Programme is administered by SAIA, n. o.
Financial support is provided to Austrian PhD students and researchers in the form of individual scholarships and cooperation projects between universities.
Following types of projects can be supported:
Applications for co‑operation projects are submitted online at www.scholarships.at.
The J. W. Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange in the Slovak Republic is an autonomous, non‑profit, non‑partisan, binational organisation established by executive agreements between the United States and the Slovak Republic to promote educational, research and cultural exchanges between the United States and the Slovak Republic through the Fulbright Program. The Commission services include grant programmes and information services. The Fulbright Program enables U. S. students, scholars, professionals and teachers to participate in study, research and teaching exchanges in the Slovak Republic.
General requirements for grants and awards are the U. S. citizenship at the time of application and high level of academic and professional achievements. In the Slovak Republic, the Program is administered by the J. W. Fulbright Commission in Bratislava.
Fulbright Program Mechanisms:
Programmes administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars
More information: www.fulbright.sk
Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme supporting activities in the field of education, training, youth and sport. During the period 2014 – 2020, the programme provided opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. The total budget for this period is 26.2 billion €, this is nearly double the funding compared to its predecessor. The 2021 - 2027 programme places a strong focus on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, and promoting young people´s participation in democratic life.
The main objective of the programme is to introduce a new EU approach to education and training with regard to the difficult economic period, changing world of labour market and imbalances in the available skills and market demand. The aim is to increase the quality and relevance of qualifications and skills of students, teachers, apprentices, volunteers, youth leaders and people working in grassroots’ sport. The single integrated programme is ambitious, easier to implement and strategically seeks for the cooperation of the education sector and work environment. The programme brings new features, such as a loan guarantee scheme for master’s students, Knowledge Alliances between higher education institutions and enterprises and Sector Skills Alliances – partnerships between education and training establishments and business. Erasmus+ enables the higher education mobility to the non‑EU countries and creating projects with higher education institutions in these countries.
In the field of education and training, the Programme pursues its objectives through the following types of actions intended for institutions:
Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices
Key Action 3: Support for Policy Reforms
Jean Monnet Activities
Erasmus+ programme, European Commission
DG for Education and Culture of the European Commission website
SAAIC – Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation:
Erasmus+ Slovak webpage (in Slovak only)
IUVENTA – Slovak Youth Institute
COST was established as an intergovernmental framework in 1971 for promoting cooperation among researchers across Europe. Within COST, research carried out at the national level is funded by the COST Member States, while the EU funds central administration and coordination. COST has a very specific mission and goal. It contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide.
COST activities are funded under the H2020 specific objective “Spreading excellence and widening participation”. They are implemented through the implementation structure - COST Association - under the direct governance of the Committee of Senior Officials. During H2020, COST receives EU funding from two different lines managed in an integrated manner:
Moreover, COST includes a set of measures aimed at providing structural support to ERA, widening the European research base and promotes S&T cooperation with other countries, beyond COST current membership.
COST anticipates and complements the activities of the EU Framework Programmes, and also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe. It fosters the establishment of scientific excellence in the nine key domains:
In addition, Trans‑Domain Proposals allow for broad, multidisciplinary proposals to strike across the nine scientific domains.
COST is composed of 38 countries (37 Member States and one Cooperating State): 28 EU Member States, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYROM, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and Israel (cooperating country). COST does not fund research itself but provides a platform for European scientists to cooperate on a particular project and exchange expertise. These projects are called Actions. Each COST Action is a network centred around nationally‑funded research projects in fields that are of interest to at least five COST countries. COST provides the COST Actions with financial support for joint activities such as conferences, short‑term scientific exchanges and publications. Each COST Action has an objective, defined goals and clear deliverables. COST Actions have located their topic into one of the COST’s scientific domains. In order to support science and technology networking across borders, COST is also working on enhancing international cooperation by involving researchers from Near Neighbour Countries and International Partner Countries in COST Actions on the basis of ascertained mutual benefit. In addition, COST signed Reciprocal Agreements to increase cooperation with New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.
More information: www.cost.eu
National coordinator for Slovakia:
Ms. Andrea Danková
Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic
Department of International Cooperation in Science and Technology
Lamačská cesta 8/A
811 04 Bratislava
EUREKA, founded in 1985, is an intergovernmental organisation for market‑driven industrial R&D. It is a decentralised network facilitating the coordination of national funding on innovation aiming to boost the productivity & competitiveness of European industries. The network integrates over 40 pan‑European economies but also includes Israel, South Korea and Canada. The EUREKA Member States in cooperation with the European Commission promote international, market‑oriented research and innovation through the support they offer to small and medium‑sized enterprises, large industry, universities and research institutes. Through EUREKA, these organisations are introducing new products, processes and services to market, helping make Europe economically strong and socially sound. The Slovak Republic became a EUREKA member on June 28, 2001.
Countries participate in EUREKA projects through a network of National Information Points (NIPs). The affiliation known as Associated Country Status was initiated as part of EUREKA’s strategy to enhance cooperation with countries outside of Europe judged to have scientific and research potential. The National Project Coordinators (NPCs) are at the operational level, running the National EUREKA Offices. NPCs facilitate the setting‑up and running of a project and are responsible for project generation, national and international support and follow‑up.
The International Visegrad Fund is an international organisation based in Bratislava founded by the governments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic – in 2000. The mission of the Fund is to facilitate and promote the development of closer cooperation among citizens and institutions of the V4 region, as well as between V4 region and other countries, especially the Central and Eastern Europe, Western Balkans and South Caucasus. The Fund does so through grant support of common cultural, scientific and educational projects, youth exchanges, cross‑border projects and tourism promotion, and through individual mobility programmes (scholarships, residencies). Non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, municipalities and local or regional governments, schools and universities, but also private companies or individual citizens are eligible for grant support provided that their projects deal with the region and further develop cooperation among project partners based in the region. The Fund’s annual budget of 8 million € consists of equal contributions from the V4 governments.
The Fund operates following programmes:
Visegrad Grants – projects must develop meaningful co-operation and active participation of organisations from at least three V4 countries. Cross-border co-operation of at least two organisations from two neighbouring V4 countries also qualify for the support of projects taking place within a 40-km radius from the border. The maximum duration of the project implementation is 18 months. Projects must address at least one of the seven objectives: Culture and Common Identity; Education and Capacity Building; Innovation, R&D, Entrepreneurship; Democratic Values and the Media; Public Policy and Institutional Partnership; Regional Development, Environment and Tourism; Social Development.
Annual application deadlines: 1 February, 1 June, 1 October, 1 December.
More information: http://visegradfund.org/apply/grants/visegrad-grants
Visegrad+ Grants – the programme supports projects that contribute to the democratisation and transformation processes in selected countries and regions, especially non-EU member states in the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership countries. Projects must develop meaningful co-operation and ensure active involvement of least three V4 countries and one entity from the EaP region or the Western Balkans countries at the minimum. The maximum duration of the project implementation is 18 months. Projects must address at least one of the seven objectives: Culture and Common Identity; Education and Capacity Building; Innovation, R&D, Entrepreneurship; Democratic Values and the Media; Public Policy and Institutional Partnership; Regional Development, Environment and Tourism; Social Development.
Annual application deadlines: 1 February, 1 June, 1 October.
More information: www.visegradfund.org/apply/grants/visegrad-plus-grants
Strategic Grants – the programme supports projects addressing annual strategic priorities of the Visegrad Group. Strategic priorities are announced annually by the V4 country holding the rotating presidency over the group. Projects must develop meaningful co-operation and ensure active participation of organisations from all V4 countries. The programme supports projects that last from 12 to 36 months.
Annual application deadlines: 1 February, 1 June, 1 October
More information: http://visegradfund.org/apply/grants/strategic-grants
International Visegrad Fund
Hviezdoslavovo námestie 9, 811 02 Bratislava