Cooperation with Slovenia


The FWO is keen on promoting international collaboration as a driving force for excellence. That is why the FWO signs agreements with a number of countries. To allow joint research projects between Flanders and Slovenia to be set up, the FWO has signed a Lead Agency Procedure (LAP) agreement with the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS). The Lead Agency is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the assessment procedure and for the funding decision.


  • The cooperation with ARRS is based on a Lead Agency Procedure in which FWO is always the Lead Agency. Applications must always be submitted at FWO through E-loket by the Flemish partner. In addition, the Slovenian partner needs to submit the necessary documents at ARRS.
  • It must be an integrated research proposal with one central problem, methodology and elaboration.
  • Period: 4 years.
  • FWO staff and consumables:  €45,000 to €130,000.
  • FWO equipment / matching funding: maximum €150,000.
  • Call closed
  • Announcement of results: 28 November 2018.
  • Start of project: 1 January 2019.
  • Success rate 2017: evaluated together with the regular FWO research projects.

Profile and conditions

  • As a team of researchers you need consumables, equipment and personnel grants to conduct a joint research project combining complementary expertise and relevant scientific input from both sides.
  • Your research will be carried out under the supervision of an eligible Flemish host institution (Article 3).
  • The supervisor who also acts as the responsible spokesperson vis-à-vis the FWO, must comply with Article 9 of the regulations for research projects.
  • Within this application round (2018) FWO-ARRS applications are considered as regular FWO research projects. This means that:
    • Applications in the framework of this LAP procedure with Slovenia are taken into account when calculating the maximum number of projects per applications round for which you can act as a (co-)promotor.
    • Supervisor-spokespersons that were awarded a regular FWO research project (including the LAP projects with Slovenia, Luxembourg, Austria, and Switzerland) in the 2017 application round, are not eligible to submit an FWO-ARSS project this application round (2018).
    • Granted projects starting on 01/01/2019 are taken into account for the maximum of two projects applied for and ongoing on the start date of the newly allocated project.
  • You agree with the Research Integrity Clause.
  • Take a look at the different research projects you can apply for in this application round.


  • The application procedure can be summarized as follows:
    • The Flemish partner submits the application in English via the FWO E-loket taking into account the abovementioned deadline.
    • In addition, the Slovenian partner needs to make sure the following attention points are in order. More general information on FWO-ARRS research projects can be found on the ARRS website. More specific information can be found here.
      • Slovenian researchers should meet all research project leader (i.e. Principal Investigator) requirements as defined by the Research and Development Act.
      • Slovenian entities that can apply to the call are research institutions and private researchers entered in the database on implementers of research & development activities in the Republic of Slovenia and in the Register of private researchers run by the ARRS.
      • Slovenian researchers should have code for researchers in the database run by the ARRS.
      • FWO has to finance the larger financial share of each project. The budget requested by the Flemish partner at FWO must be higher (not equal) to the budget requested by the Slovenian partner at ARRS.
      • Slovenian part of the project will be financed by ARRS in the amount of up to € 75.000 per year.
      • The Slovenian researchers should send the form ARRS-RPROJ-LA-2018 to the ARRS in electronic AND printed version before the deadline: email and registered post (date post stamp) at 5pm - main office at 3pm on 03 April 2018.
      • ARRS will co-finance up to 10 projects per year.
  • Each supervisor and co-supervisor of both the Flemish and Slovenian research team must have online profile including an updated list of publications on the FWO E-portal.
  • The applications are assessed for eligibility; the FWO and ARRS check whether the application meets the formal requirements.
  • You propose a list of 10 external referees (eligibility criteria). Please be aware that the proposed international referees cannot be appointed to a Belgian university, research institute or other organization. Moreover, the proposed international referees cannot be appointed to similar institutions and organizations in Slovenia. Please note that there also cannot be a Conflict of Interest (CoI) between the proposed international referees and the Slovenian partner(s).
  • Your application is presented to a number of these referees for evaluation.
  • The FWO expert panels evaluate your application.
  • Final decision taken by the board of trustees of FWO an ARRS

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