Call for applications under the Grant Programme for SAS PhD students in 2021

SAS Presidium on its session on 13. 5. 2021 approved Call for applications under the Grant Programme for SAS PhD students in year 2021.

  • Date of call announcement: 1. 6. 2021
  • Deadline for submission of applications: 31. 8. 2021
  • Deadline for applications evaluation results: December 2021
  • Duration of project´s implementation: 1. 1. 2022 – 31. 12. 2022

The Grant programme for SAS PhD students is the SAS activity with intend to support scientific projects for students of a daily form PhD study carried out within SAS organizations. The aim is to financially support high-quality project proposals, which will be implemented during PhD studies as a coherent part of projects and which can be realized within one year.

Eligibility criteria

A grant application can be submitted by any daily form PhD student who will be throughout the calendar year (1. 1. – 31. 12.) following the year of the announcement of the call, daily form PhD student, carrying out the study of standard length within SAS organization as an external educational institution. The grant application is submitted by the student as a sole investigator, research teams are not eligible to submit an application.

Student who has received a grant for 2021 and, due to measures related to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, is extending the grant period to several months in 2022, cannot apply for a grant in 2021.

The eligibility criterion for all grant applicants within the Grant programme for SAS PhD Students is the completion of the Training on scientific integrity and ethics of scientific work organized by the SAS Ethics Committee - before submitting the grant application. Due to quarantine measures in connection with the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, all grant applicants in 2021 will complete training on ethics later at the time when the quarantine measures are released – it means only after their application shall be submitted.

Application procedure

Grant applications are submitted through electronical system, which will be accessible via programme website The paper version of application signed by relevant persons (applicant, supervisor, director of organization) shall be send to the address:

Office of Slovak Academy of Sciences – Department of Science and Research
Štefánikova 49
814 38 Bratislava

The envelope must be marked with label: „Grants for SAS PhD students“. Paper version of application must be sent within 3 working days after submitting the electronic version. The stamp imprint on the envelope is decisive for accessing compliance with the deadline.

More information on the structure of the application and its submission can be found in the Statute of the SAS Grant Programme for PhD students (hereinafter referred to as the “Statute“) and Guide for Applicants.

Evaluation of applications

After the deadline for submitting the applications, the staff of the Science and research department will evaluate the fulfilment of formal requirements as specified in Art. IV, paragraph 2 of the programme Statute. Those applications that do not meet stated requirements will not be further evaluated. Applications that advanced to the second round of evaluation, will be assessed by Evaluation Committee Member, responsible for the relevant scientific field where application belong. In justified events, the application may be evaluated by an external evaluator. Subsequently, the Evaluation Committee will propose the classifying of applications into categories, and the proposal will be approved by the SAS Presidium. Applicants and relevant organizations will be informed on the results. More detailed information on the evaluation of applications and the Evaluation Committee can be found in the Statute of the Programme and the Evaluation Committee Statute.

Funding of grants

The amount of grant is 2000 EUR for applications classified in category A or 1000 EUR for applications classified in category B. Grant funding can be used for goods, services, travel and conference expenses, expenses related to the publication results, or machine time. All expenditure must be related to a grant-funded project. Conference travel expenses will be eligible for up to 50% of the grant amount. Travel expenses related to the collection of experimental material or samples, visits to archives, visits to collaborative workplaces to exchange experience, eventually in order to carry out the experiment may be eligible expense if justified in the application and will be reimbursed up to 100% of the grant amount.

Implementation of projects

The grant holder implements the project within one calendar year in the organization that is his/her host organisation. Grant holder is entitled to realize the project within another organization for a maximum period of 3 months. The project financed from the grant must be thematically related to the project solved by the grant holder during the doctoral study, while forming a comprehensive part, the results of which can be evaluated within the final project report. The grant holder always submits the report not later than on 31st January of the calendar year following the end of the project. If this day falls on a non-working day or holiday, the deadline is shifted to the next working day.


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