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Must applicants and / or their partners have their own financial contribution in the project and in which amount?    

Applicants, as well as all the partners involved in the project must provide their own contribution. It does not have to be necessarily financial, but can be in-kind contribution, expressed through: the time invested and work done by the researchers and other staff engaged in the project, the contribution in the equipment that will be used for the project purpose without compensation, provision of the adequate space, etc. Each contribution that is not financial needs to be presented in monetary terms and shown in the budget.
When making the decision on grant awarding, the quality of applicants’ / partners’ contribution allocated for the successful realization of the project will be evaluated.


Can the submitted project belong to only one of the five areas of research that are defined as priority ones in the Call for proposal?  

In order to consider the project for funding it has to belong to one of the five priority areas defined in the Call for proposal. One of the basic conditions of the Call for proposal is the project interdisciplinarity, which will be assured thorough cooperation of at least two different areas of research. In particular, it is necessary that the Scientific Research Institution proposes a project where the leading research area is one of the priority areas of the Call for Proposal, while the other(s) (accompanying) can belong to the remaining five priority areas of research that are defined in the Amendments to the Strategy for Scientific and Research Activities (2012 -2016), which are not defined as priority in the Call for Proposal.


May the institution applying for a grant to establish a Center of Excellence also apply as a partner at another project for Centers of Excellence? Can the institution apply as a partner in several projects proposals for the Center of Excellence?  

The institution, as a leading applicant, can apply only with one project proposal, while it can apply as a partner in multiple projects. Inclusion of each partner in the project should be designed so as to contribute to the quality of partners’ cooperation, the successful implementation of the project activities under its own responsibilities, and to achieving scientific results for which the project was designed.


Do the international partners have to be exclusively from the EU? Is there a geographic entry for the international partners?  

The Call for proposal does not envision any restriction in terms of the geographical affiliation of international partners. It is necessary that the international partner institution is registered as a scientific research institution in its country, in accordance with its national legislation (it is evidenced by appropriate documentation).


Does the limited space given for narrative in the application material may be exceeded?  

It is recommended that the application is prepared within the mentioned limits


What can be considered an evidence of the partners’ engagement in the application process?  

The partner engagement in the project is proved by the Confirmation Letter that must be attached for each partner who will participate in the project implementation, and that needs to feature the contribution (financial or in-kind presented in financial terms). Form of the Confirmation Letter is provided in Annexes of the Guidelines for Applicants.


Whether and which documents that is attached to the application, i.e. the Annex 3, have to be translated into English, and whether the translation has to be certified?  

All official documents (licenses, verifications, certificates, precis from registers, etc.) must be verified and translated, excepting the documents in the language of the former Serbo-Croatian speaking countries.


Is the application going to be automatically rejected if it has some administrative and technical imperfections?  

Upon receipt of the application materials, the administrative and technical check will be done in order to determine whether the material is complete and submitted in the required format, and in the manner provided in the Call for Proposal. At that stage, further clarifications or amendments to the documents may be requested from the applicants, in order not to reject the applications because of the small administrative imperfections. However, the additions are only possible due to minor technical imperfections. Applications that are complete and correct will be forwarded to the international evaluators for reviewing.


When the participants will be informed on the results of the Call for Proposal?    

Given that the process of project evaluation is twofold process, and that in the second phase of the evaluation only projects that get 70 or more points in the first phase will be considered, applicants whose projects get less than 70 points in the first round, will be immediately informed on the results. Other applicants will be notified after the formation of the project final ranking list.


Does the total number of partners at the project affects assessment of an application and whether priority is given to projects that involve more local partners?    

Maximum number of partners who may be engaged in a project is not specified.
Applications which have a greater number of partners than the number stated in the Call for Proposal will not have priority during the evaluation. Instead, the quality of the partnership and the contribution of all partners in terms of achieving the objectives of the project will be evaluated.