Slovak Academic and Scientific Programme

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40 Fellowship Positions Open

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.

40 Fellowship Positions Open
70 potential host institutions
Third call
Beginning of the third call: 1st November 2021
Third call deadline: 28th February 2022, 17:00 CET

Programme hosted by 3 top leading organisations in science and research in Slovakia

Slovak Academy of Sciences

The most important research institution in the Slovak Republic and 13th most important research institution in the region of Eastern Europe.
Host Organisations

Comenius University in Bratislava

The oldest and largest university in Slovakia.
Host Organisations

Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

A modern educational and scientific institution.
Host Organisations

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

Who can apply

Calls are open to researchers of any nationality who are in possession of PhD degree (considered according to ERC policy about PhD. and equivalent doctoral degree).
Eligible are experienced researchers up to 15 years after obtaining their first PhD or equivalent degree.

Eligibility criteria for researchers differ, we offer two schemes both are dedicated to experienced researchers that have to meet the eligibility criterions at the date of proposal submission.

Researchers that are already  permanently employed by the entity where the research training activities take place and that is recruiting them may not be supported.
Incoming scheme
is dedicated for researchers who have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Slovak Republic for more than 12 months in the last 3 years prior to proposal submission.
Reintegration scheme
is dedicated for Slovak nationals who have carried out their main activity in the Third countries at least 3 years in the 5 years prior to proposal submission and who have resided or carried out their main activity in the Slovak Republic for maximum 3 months prior to proposal submission.

Application instructions and application process

  • Application must be completed in English and in the templates provided, please reffer to Downloads
  • Application must be received on or before the call deadline. Deadline for third call is on 28th February 2022, 17:00 CET.
  • Only one application per applicant may be submitted per call.
  • Applicant can apply for 12 to 36 months project length.
  • We strongly recommend to contact the chosen host organisation or scientist in charge before submission of your proposal to find out whether your project can be carried out within selected organisation (necessary infrastructure, topic of research project is within the research focus etc.). In case you are not decided, please contact SASPRO 2 admin team: who is happy to navigate you.
We highly recommed a planned secondment placement in the non - academic sector. If company/institution is not defined, at least business area of the secondment institute and expected outcomes are to be defined in the application at this stage.

Programme timeline

We offer approximatelly 40 positions within 70 potential host institutions covering various research areas and topics. The Programme allows researcher to apply for a fellowship with length from 12 to 36 months.
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1st October 2020
Project commencement
13th August 2021
The results of the first call announced
September – November 2021
Evaluation Process
1st November 2021
Third call open
14th December 2021
The results of the second call announced
28th February 2022
Deadline for application submission for third call


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.

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