Research institute looking for a consortium

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    Sandi OrlicSandi Orlic

    THE RUĐER BOŠKOVIĆ INSTITUTE is regarded as Croatia’s leading scientific institute in the fields of natural sciences, biomedicine, marine and environmental research due to its size, scientific productivity, international reputation in research, quality of its scientific staff and research facilities.
    Today, the RBI consists of eleven divisions, four centres, as well as administrative and technical services, and employs a total of more than 900 people, of whom more than 75 percent are scientists and researchers. More than 440 PhDs working at RBI, 60 percent of whom are women. This puts the RBI above the EU and world average for the participation of women in science.
    In addition, more than 200 PhD students and 81 postdocs are currently working at the RBI. This confirms the Institute’s reputation as a sought-after employer in our scientific community.
    The multidisciplinary research staff of more than 700 scientists and researchers, housed in more than 60 laboratories, conducts research in theoretical and experimental physics, physics and materials chemistry, electronics, physical chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry, molecular biology and medicine, marine and environmental sciences, information and computer sciences, laser and nuclear research and development.
    RBI’s capital equipment is worth more than 20 million euros and accounts for 50 percent of all scientific equipment in Croatia.

    A quick look at the Nature Index, which measures production in leading international scientific journals, shows that the RBI is responsible for about half of Croatia’s total contribution.
    RBI scientists actively participate in higher education in more than seventy bachelors’, more than two hundred master’s and doctoral programmes, which makes RBI an equal partner of universities in the Republic of Croatia and abroad.

    RBI is the leading and most internationally competitive Croatian institute due to its participation in international research projects such as IAEA, EC FP5-7 and HORIZON2020 programmes funded by the European Commission, NATO, NSF, UKF, SNSF, DAAD and other international scientific foundations.
    More than 300 competitive national and international scientific projects are currently being carried out at the Institute. The RBI’s European project portfolio has reached a value of 110 million euros.
    Since Croatia’s accession to the European Union, RBI has withdrawn €18.6 million from the Horizon 2020 program through 32 contracted projects, thus taking the leading role in the withdrawal of EU funds and positioning itself as a strong strategic partner of the Government of the Republic of Croatia.
    Scientific projects funded by the European Research Council represent the best research in Europe and are awarded to scientists solely on the basis of the excellence of their work. The international competition is strong and only the best, from 8 to 15 percent, of the applicants are selected, which is why the ERC projects are colloquially referred to as “scientific Oscars.”
    During the period from 2015 to 2020, three ERC projects were awarded to RBI scientists. A new ERC Synergy Grant valued at 10 million euros arrived in early 2020.

    In addition, the EU Cohesion Policy enabled RBI scientists to apply for funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), which led to the establishment of two Centres of Excellence – for Advanced Materials and Sensors (CEMS) and the Centre of Excellence for Marine Bioprospecting (BioProCro).
    The highlight of RBI’s ESIF portfolio is the €72 million project ‘Open Scientific Infrastructure Platforms for Innovative Applications in Business and Society (O-ZIP)’. The O- ZIP project aims to promote collaboration between science and industry with the goal of creating a more competitive economy.
    By focusing on Material Science and Technology, Biomedical Research, Marine and Environmental Science, and Information and Communication Science and Technology, the Institute is aiming to build significant interdisciplinary research programs to provide relevant answers to tomorrow’s challenges.
    The project is funded by the European Union under the Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020.

    In addition to investments in the infrastructure, European Structural Funds are being used to promote cooperation between scientists and entrepreneurs. This involves projects sponsored by the European Regional Development Fund, as part of an ongoing call for the submission of project proposals for grant funding, “Increased Development of New Products and Services Resulting from Research and Development Activities, issued by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development.
    The Institute is currently a partner in several such applied research projects in the food industry, medicine and solar cell development
    In addition to basic research and education, RBI activities also lead to various forms of intellectual creation. An important task of RBI is the protection of intellectual property and its commercialization. To this end, various specific activities have been initiated and carried out in recent years, including the establishment of spin-off companies such as Ruđer Medikol Cyclotron Ltd. and Ruđer Innovations Ltd.
    A multidisciplinary approach is one of the main strengths of the Institute, which provides comprehensive solutions to a wide range of socially important issues.
    Because of the knowledge, expertise, and multidisciplinary approach to solving a wide range of problems, project tasks, and services available in RBI’s many laboratories, RBI offers great potential for collaboration with companies. Collaboration with RBI could include: advanced materials, nanotechnology and production technologies, biomedicine, biotechnology, environment and marine, ICT.

    Migena FeratiMigena Ferati


    We are Alliance for Citizens and Communities, interested to join in as a potential partner from Albania.

    If you have need for a partner NGO from Albania, please do not hesitate to contact as at:

    We have already applied for the first call as leaders, and not we want to join in as partners and provide value added (expertise) in the multidisciplinary approaches based on local, national and/or regional specifications from the second call.

    Kind regards,
    Migena Ferati

    Nikolina GracinNikolina Gracin

    We are addressing You on behalf of the City of Sibenik.

    City of Sibenik is a local authority with more than 120 employees, and through ten administrative departments is responsible for planning and implementing activities related to urbanism, economy and entrepreneurship, public utilities, social welfare, childcare, education, transport, civil protection, etc. The main strategic objective of the City of Sibenik is to establish favorable conditions for business and life in the local community and provide long-term sustainable social and economic development for its population. The City of Šibenik is interested in joining a network for this call for proposals through which it may provide its expertise. Since we are local authority we are eligible as Lead Partner as well and our partners from the previous Interreg project from Italy would also join the project.
    City of Sibenik is recognized for the implementation of various projects financed from various national and EU funds.
    Considering that the research station on Martinska of the Institute for Marine and Environmental Research and other laboratories of the Ruđer Bošković Institute is located in the area of the city of Šibenik, we hope that it will be interesting for Institute to contact us with the aim of joint application of the project.
    You can contact us on e-mail adress

    With regards
    Nikolina Gracin

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