On Saturday 29th June 2020, as part of the Preparing RDI (research, development and innovation) infrastructure projects open call, contracts were signed at the Ministry of Science and Education by five University of Zagreb constituent units, benefiting six projects with a sum total greater than 22 million kuna.
The project contracts were signed by the Faculty of Architecture (Centre for Smart Urban and Rural Spaces - 1.2 million kn), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (Centre for Advanced Materials and Coatings - 1.3 million kn; Infrastructural Strengthening of RDI Capacity in Energetics and Transport - 4.1 million kn), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Centre for Advanced Research in Humanities and Social Sciences - 1.8 million kn), Faculty of Civil Engineering (Centre for Research and Development of Safe and Sustainable Engineered Environment - 4.78 million kn), and the School of Medicine (Šalata Biomedical Research Centre - 9.1 million kn).
The Ministry of Science and Education has selected and made contracts for ten projects worth a total of 42.88 million kuna, meaning that the University of Zagreb constituent units were allocated more than half of the sum value. The resources for this open call are cofinanced from the European Regional Development Fund, as part of the Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020 operational programme.
The allocated resources serve to finance the production of project documentation for the construction and outfitting of new infrastructure for research and innovation. They are non-refundable resources which will enable institutions of higher learning to upgrade their scientific development facilities, finance their projects, and acquire state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to achieve the highest possible working conditions for their scientists, thereby encouraging young researchers to pursue their careers in Croatia.
The financing of infrastructure in the research, development and innovation sector serves to increase efficiency and the scientific productivity, excellence and competitiveness of Croatian science organisations. The ultimate goal is to transform the science institutions into modern, internationally competitive institutions which create new scientific, social and economic value.