Slovak Academic and Scientific Programme

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SASPRO 2 is the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action based at Slovak Academy of Sciences and its partners Comenius University in Bratislava and Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.

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37 host institutions
39 employed fellows
Project deadline 30th September 2025

Hosted by

Slovak Academy of Sciences
Comenius University in Bratislava
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Co-funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions

Supported by

European Union's Horizon 2020
Euraxess Point

Project SASPRO 2

First call

71 received applications
14 approved applications

Second call

52 received applications
18 approved applications

Third call

51 received applications
15 approved applications

Number of funded fellowships

39 funded fellowships
Project SASPRO 2 (Slovak Academic and Scientific Programme) is a Horizon 2020 mobility programme for experienced researchers based at three top research and training organisations of the Slovak Republic- Slovak Academy of Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava (partner organisation) and Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.
Fellows recruited within 3 calls under two types of mobility schemes Incoming and Reintegration strengthen transfer of knowledge, boost the creative environment and increase the quality of research at the host institutions. Programme helps to boost fellows’ career perspectives and possibilities by encouraging them to undertake secondments and first-hand experience in selected non-academic organisations.
SASPRO 2 as one of EU mobility programmes has the potential to contribute towards greater stability in the region - helping to encourage local scientists to return to the Slovak institutes and bringing new opportunities for foreign scientists to gain new knowledge and experiences.

Meet our fellows

Slovak Academy of Sciences
Slovak University of Technology
Comenius University

Programme timeline

We offered 47 positions, 39 fellows accepted the offer. Individual projects will last from 12 to 36 months.
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1st October 2020
Project commencement
November 2023
Evaluation of Interim Reports
March 2024
Evaluation of Interim Reports
May 2024
Grant Writing Workshop
October 2024
Evaluation of Interim Reports


The SASPRO program gave me the opportunity to work on my own research ideas. During the realization of my project, I started strongly interacting with the experimental group at IEE SAS. As a result, we've been able to explore new directions of research together and to continue our collaboration for the purpose of other projects.

Institute of Electrical Engineering SAS
Mgr. Michal Jan Mruczkiewicz, PhD.
My research focuses primarily on the immunomodulatory mechanisms by which the viruses evade the immune response in the host. In particular, we study human cytomegalovirus' proteins that can'switch OFF' our immune system. Those natural mechanisms inspire us in the development of new therapeutic agents not only to suppress viral infections but also to combat autoimmune diseases when the immune system gets out of control.

Thanks to the goodwill I met in my host organization, the Biomedical Center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, we managed to move forward in the project and we were able to characterize several of these viral molecules, which can later become targeted biopharmaceuticals. Among other things, the SASPRO program enabled me to build an intensive network not only with domestic but also foreign partners and also enabled my professional career growth and building my own research team (currently, I am the head of the Department of Immunology). Moreover, thanks to the synergies with the new projects that we managed to create during the SASPRO program, we gained a solid foundation for maintaining the long-term sustainability of this research. I believe for those researchers who want to return to EU will find great opportunities in this program, whether they looking for economical or moral support, which was undoubted in SASPRO.

Biomedical Research Center SAS
Mgr. Ivana Nemčovičová, PhD.
SASPRO provides great support for ambitious and independent researchers. Work in a modern laboratory of Slovak scientific institutions gives you the opportunity to reach professional maturity, improve your skills, accelerate your career. Thanks to this program, your scientific ideas and dreams can come true, because the funds involve not only a decent salary but the purchase of the necessary materials, paying for open access publications, attending conferences to disseminate the results.

Institute of Geotechnics SAS
Inna Melnyk, PhD.
SASPRO programme allowed me to study topics of my own choosing. It greatly contributed to my scientific independence and helped me get established in my field of research.

Institute of Physics SAS
RNDr. Daniel Reitzner, PhD.
As possibly to many others, SASPRO gave me the unique opportunity to return to Slovakia. Thanks to SASPRO, I can work on my own scientific projects what also helped me significantly in starting my own scientific career.

Institute of Chemistry SAS
Mgr. Stanislav Kozmon, PhD.