Program

“Start up for Science” program was created in 2015 in order to provide support for young, talented and promising scientists in Serbia, and realization of their scientific ideas and securing their independence in scientific and research work.

This year the aim of the competition is to provide support for scientists that do research in the field of sustainable development. In 2015, the development policy at the global level has been based on the Millennium Goals and redefined by the new UN Agenda in the direction of the sustainable development “The road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet” (2016-2030). Through this competition we would like to give support to organizations, groups, individuals and institutions to apply science and thus give contribution to the realization of the sustainable development goals and new policy making at the national level.

Through this competition we provide support for the fundamental scientific research and projects which are based on the results of scientific research, aimed at improving conditions of life and work in the local community. Awarding grants for implementation of science based projects has an aim to provide support for establishing stronger ties between scientific community and decision makers. The results of the scientific research shall therefore be put to service for citizens and development of entire society.

In 2017 within the “Start up for Science” program 8 (eight) scholarships/grants will be awarded of RSD 600.000 each for scientific research and projects in following fields:

  • Renewable energy resources and environmental protection
  • Harm reduction
  • Socio-economic sustainability

SCHOLARSHIPS

Who is eligible?

In order to qualify for a scholarship within “Start up for Science” program 2017, you have to fulfill the following criteria:

  • You have received your Ph.D. after 1 January 2010
  • You are employed (fixed-term contract, permanent contract, part-time contract, hired per project, etc.) in a scientific institution in the Republic of Serbia
  • You will submit an application with your current or a new scientific-research project in one of three eligible fields
  • You have permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia.

How to apply?

You have to submit the following documents:

  • Completed Application form
  • CV (no predefined form)
  • Scanned Ph.D. diploma or degree certificate
  • Certificate of the scientific title (if candidate has scientific title)
  • Scanned proof of employment (employer’s statement on the type and period of employment)
  • Scanned letter of recommendation (by mentor, professor, head of the scientific institution, etc.)
  • Scanned consent of scientific institution where the research shall be carried out (if the realization of the planned research should be carried out in the scientific institution)
  • Scanned copy of identity card (or a proof of residence)

Please submit the required documents as PDFs, except scanned documents (as .PNG and .JPG). For subject field of email please write: SUS Competition Application 2016/17 Name&Surname, name Application Form as AFName&Surname and send it to: info@pokrenisezanauku.rs.

After the documentation has been received, within 48 hours you will receive a confirmation of reception and potentially a request to submit additional documents. If not, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone 060/0212260

Selection process

After the examination of applications received, the expert committee will select candidates who have qualified for the next selection round. Second round of selection consists of an interview with the members of the committee. Following the interview, the committee will adopt a unanimous final decision on the scholarship winners.

Criteria:

  • Past scientific results, and
  • Quality of project proposal

Payment method and scholarship fellows’ duties

Scholarships amount of RSD 600,000 each for the realization of scientific research proposal shall be allocated in its full amount to the winners after the official award ceremony, no later than 30 days from the day of signing the Scholarship Contract.

Fellows undertake to submit short reports every four months during the research on its status and a final report on the results achieved and the research upon its completion.

Fellows undertake to mention the scholarship of “Start Up for Science” program in every publication that originates as the result of the supported research.

Fellows undertake to notify the program representatives of any changes in employment (contract), study visits abroad and problems that could cause changes of the proposed research time frame.

In the case of the resignation from the supported research, the fellows are obliged to return the full amount of scholarship. Fellows undertake to comply with laws and regulations of the Republic of Serbia and relevant ethical codes of professional practice while conducting the research.

Fellows agree to take part in the promotion of “Start Up for Science” program (interviews, photos, video materials, electronic and printed media, TV, newsletters, Internet campaigns, etc.).

PROJECT GRANTS

Projects considered important for the local community could involve education, research, public advocacy, campaigns, improvement of conditions of life/work of specific target groups, etc. It is expected that project should bring about applicable results, such as: publication of the results of the research with recommendations for national and/or local policies, suggestions for policy paper proposals, internet portals, manuals for education, infrastructure improvement, and other. Projects should be in line with relevant strategic documents at both local and national level.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Civil society organizations
  • Individuals
  • Non-formal groups
  • Institutions

In order for your project to qualify for a grant within “Start up for Science” program 2017, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • For individuals: that you are either pursuing your Ph.D. or that you have received your Ph.D. after 1 January 2010
  • For legal entities and non-formal groups: that team leader is either pursuing Ph.D. or has received Ph.D. after 1 January 2010
  • That you are applying with a new project in one of three fields referred, which will be implemented at national or local level
  • Additional: individuals and members of non-formal groups need to have permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia.

How to apply?

Everyone must submit:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Team members’ CVs
  • For a team leader/individual: certificate of pursuing Ph.D. studies, scanned Ph.D. diploma (degree certificate) and a list of scientific references
  • Letter of intent/consent/permission/partnership of relevant institution(s) from local community, necessary for project realization

Additionally:

  • For CSOs: Decision on Incorporation from Business Registers Agency and Statute
  • For institutions: memo letter signed by director/authorized person representing the institution where it is clearly stated this institution supports the project proposal that is submitted for the competition
  • For individuals and members of non-formal groups: scanned copies of identity cards

Please submit the required documents as PDFs, except scanned documents (as .PNG and .JPG). For subject field of email please write: SUS Competition Application 2016/17 Name&Surname, name Application Form as AFprojecttitle and send it to: info@pokrenisezanauku.rs

After the documentation has been received, within 48 hours you will receive a confirmation of reception and potentially a request to submit additional documents. If not, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone 060/0212260.

Selection process

After the examination of applications received, the expert committee will select projects that have qualified for the next selection round. Second round of selection consists of an interview of project leaders with the members of the committee (for teams, presence of all team members is required). Following the interview, the committee will adopt a unanimous final decision on the projects that will be supported.

Criteria

  • Scientific basis of the project
  • Quality of project proposal
  • Project social impact

Forms of spending and requirements

Grants in the amount of RSD 600,000 each shall not be allocated to the project leaders, yet the money for goods, services, associates’ fees and other needs of the final beneficiary shall be paid against proforma invoices.

The leaders of the supported projects have to sign the Cooperation Contract with the Centre for leadership development, the organization implementing “Start up for Science” program.

Leaders of the supported projects undertake to submit final report upon the completion.

Leaders of the supported projects undertake to mention “Start Up for Science” program in every publication that originates as the result of the supported project.

Leaders of the supported projects agree to take part in the promotion of “Start Up for Science” program (interviews, photos, video material, electronic and printed media, TV, newsletters, Internet campaigns, etc.).

Deadline for the implementation of fellows’ scientific researches and supported projects is 12-18 months from the day of signing of the Contract.

Application deadline

Competition is open from 12 December 2016 until 1 April 2017.

Committee

dejan-eric

Professor Dejan Erić

Institute of Economic Sciences and Belgrade Banking Academy

He is a Professor at Belgrade Banking Academy – Faculty for Banking, Insurance and Finance in Belgrade.

He was working at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Belgrade for many years. From 2006 to 2015 he was a Director of Institute of Economic Sciences in Belgrade.

During his career he was teaching at many universities in the world. He pursued professional education at London School of Economics (Great Britain), he was a Fulbright fellow at University of Nebraska in Omaha (USA) and received a post-doctoral scholarship Basileus at University Sophia Antipolis in Nice (France).

Fields: Management, Financial markets, Corporative restructuring, Mergers and acquisitions.

Research topics: Status and perspectives of management development in the country and the region; Financial markets and their development in transition countries; Companies restructuring, Small and medium enterprises financing; Affirmations and entrepreneurship incentives, etc.

Biography
gordana-drakulovic-lukic

Professor Gordana Dragović Lukić

Faculty of Medicine, Department of pharmacology and toxicology

Associate professor at the Department of pharmacology, clinical pharmacology and toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade

Head of pharmacokinetics laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade

Fields: Pharmacotherapy of HIV infection

Research topics: Pharmacokinetics of antiretroviral drugs, effects of specific nucleotide polymorphic genes responsible for transport and metabolism of antiretroviral drugs and their effect to pharmacokinetics and related therapy outcome, adherence, monitoring of adverse and toxic effects of antiretroviral therapy, comorbidities (Hepatitis B virus, HBV; Hepatitis C virus, HCV, TB, etc.) of patients with HIV infection and their effect on the therapy outcome and survival, metabolic syndrome of patients with HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular risk of patients with HIV/AIDS

Biography
leksandar-jovovi

Professor Aleksandar Jovovic, Ph.D.

Professor at University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Department of processing techniques and environmental protection. Member of the Committee Man and the Environment of Serbian Academy of Science and Art.

He is a founder of the Association for solid waste management, SeSWA and a member of the national council. A member of the national council of the ministry in charge of environmental matters for several times and technical committees for impact assessments at all levels. Participated in and managed many general, leading projects and ideas, as well as national strategic documents, regulations and studies in the field of environmental protection, energy and sustainable development.

Fields: Processing technics, drying plants, high temperature processes, emission of polluting components from industrial and energy plants, energy efficiency in industrial and energy plants, waste management: thermal waste treatment and control of the emissions

Research topics: emission of polluting components into the air, origin and sources of POPs chemicals emissions, especially dioxin and furan, distribution of polluting components into the atmosphere, thermal waste treatment

Biography
milorad-bjeletic

Milorad Bjeletić

Executive director of Belgrade Open School

Milorad Bjeletić jhas been an Executive director of Belgrade Open School (BOS) since 1997 (www.bos.rs). BOS is one of the leading organizations of civil society in Serbia, shaping leaders of social changes, working on development of human resources, research and development of public policies. A lawyer, he attended professional development courses during short and longer study visits to Norway, USA, Great Britain and several other countries. Besides usual management matters, he coordinates many projects in BOS, and some of the most significant are projects for civil society capacity building and public administration in the process of EU accession, including the projects of public policy development and youth employment.

He has a great experience in assessing project proposals and distribution of development assistance to the civil society organizations and other leaders of change. As a member of Management Committee of Open Society Fund Serbia (2002-2007) and President of Sub-Committee for youth and education (2003-2007) he participated in selection process on the support for projects dealing with various social matters. Since 2005 he has been engaged as an adviser in programs for scholarships and student projects support, funded by Philip Morris Company and implemented in Nis, organized by Institute for International Education (USA, Budapest) at the first stage, and later on by Centre for leadership development. As a member of the board of Student initiative program of Open Society Fund from London (2009-2014), in that capacity he has participated in selection of projects dealing with educational reform in the region of Southeastern Europe, Ukraine and Georgia.

Since 1998, he was a lecturer in dozens of seminars and educational programs in Serbia and former Yugoslavia in the fields of civil society development, organization management, and project management for social change, decision making and negotiating. He participated in many international conferences, and also was an editor-in-chief of several publications in the fields of civil society development and European Integration.

Biography

“Start Up for Science” is the continuation of the past projects of Phillip Morris Company, dedicated to empowering young people on the path of realization of their leadership potential and motivating them to contribute with their work to the social, economic and scientific development of Serbia. Within the framework of its corporate social responsibility, company Phillip Morris has been implementing community development support programs in Serbia since 2004. The programs promote values such as responsibility, commitment, solidarity, entrepreneurial culture, academic integrity, social activism and transparency. So far, through programs “Start Up for Future” and “Start Up for Your Business”, 377 scholarships and 600 start-up grants have been awarded, and 74 projects contributing to the development of local communities have been implemented. The partner of Phillip Morris Company in implementation of the program “Start Up for Science” is Centre for leadership development.

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Contact

For additional information please contact the program office, by phone 062 226 525; 060 021 22 260 or by email info@pokrenisezanauku.rs