Participation in national programmes and projects

National programmes and projects

National research programmes and projects are carried out within the framework of the National Research and Development Programme or the Research and Innovation Strategy of Slovenia 2011-2020 (RISS). The Public Agency for Research of the Republic of Slovenia (ARRS) carries out the professional, development and executive tasks related to the implementation of the adopted strategy. The University of Ljubljana carries out research and development work within 276 research groups.

The University of Ljubljana participates in national research programmes and projects co-financed by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), various Ministries of the Republic of Slovenia (e.g. the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, the Ministry of Culture, etc.) and the Municipality of Ljubljana (MOL).

Research programmes

Research programmes are a public service in the field of research. They are a rounded field of research which is expected to be relevant and useful over time and for which there is a national interest, defined in the national research and development programme as the long-term research of the programme group in that field. National research programmes are an integral part of the national development strategy and government policies with development objectives and impacts, the common purpose of which is to promote development for an economically and socially prosperous society (source: ARRS). 167 research programmes are carried out within the University of Ljubljana, either independently or in partnership.

List of UL member research programmes (source: SICRIS)

Research projects

National research involves basic, applied and post-doctoral research projects, co-financed by the Slovenian Research Agency. More than 300 projects are active at all member institutions of the University of Ljubljana.

List of research projects of UL members (source: SICRIS)

A basic project is an original experimental or theoretical work, which aims primarily to gain new knowledge about the fundamentals of phenomena and perceptual facts.

An applied project is original research carried out to acquire new knowledge, primarily directed towards a practical goal or purpose.

A special category is represented by basic and applied projects led by junior PhD students (up to ten years after the defence of their PhD). The latter are given special attention in the call for proposals.

A postdoctoral project is a basic or applied project carried out by a single postdoctoral researcher. A postdoctoral researcher is a researcher who has not yet completed more than 3 years since obtaining his PhD (source: ARRS).

Targeted research programmes

A targeted research programme (TRP) is a form of inter-ministerial cooperation in the planning and implementation of networked research and development projects in different fields of national interest. The main purpose of the programme is to form the research basis for decision-making in the preparation, adoption and implementation of development policies of public interest, as well as to monitor and supervise their implementation (source: ARRS). Members of the University of Ljubljana currently participate in more than 60 CRPs.

Participation in European programmes

The University of Ljubljana is actively and successfully involved in European research, education and development programmes funded by the European Union budget. In the whole of the previous programming period (2007-2013), the University of Ljubljana participated in 163 projects of the 7th Framework Programme, of which it was the lead organisation in 5 projects, which makes it one of the leading research organisations in the new EU Member States. During this period, the University of Ljubljana also participated in a total of 536 projects of other research and education projects, such as LLP, Erasmus Mundus, COST, ERA NET, EUREKA, LIFE+, CIP, etc. EU research and education programmes.

In 2022, 203 new projects funded by various European programmes (2 new Horizon 2020 projects, 82 new Horizon Europe projects and 119 projects from various other European research, development and education programmes such as Erasmus+, ERA-NET, COST Actions, etc.) have been awarded, of which 42 are where UL is the lead organisation. The total number of European projects in which UL has participated is 639, of which 107 as lead organisation. In 2022, UL is participating in 120 Horizon 2020 projects and 88 Horizon Europe projects.

When managing European projects, it is important to ensure proper financial management. Here is a brief guide on what to look out for in the financial management of European projects, in particular H2020 and Horizon Europe projects, in order to minimise financial risks.

UL is, among other things, intensively involved in many projects financially supported by the Structural Funds in Slovenia (ERDF, ESF), Transnational Cooperation Programmes and INTERREG. In 2022, UL is participating in 18 ongoing European Territorial Cooperation projects. With the support of the European Regional Development Fund, UL manages four Centres of Excellence as coordinator and participates as partner in six. There are also 7 competence centres and one Slovenian Business Development Centre in cooperation with industry.


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