The RBI aspires to contribute to increasing competitiveness of Croatian economy and meeting the challenges of modern society through strengthened research and innovation capacity of Ruđer Bošković Institute while nourishing all three key priorities of the Horizon 2020 program: excellent science, industrial leadership and addressing societal challenges.

In support of this momentum the RBI has developed O-ZIP. This capital structural project will be able to create the basis for an innovation based economy in Croatia and provide development platform for start-up labs, SMEs and innovation incubators.

By focusing on RBI’s most propulsive KET technologies, and likely Croatian Smart Specialization, in accordance with the Guidelines for Strategy of Teaching, Education, Science and Technology of MSES, O-ZIP would:

  • create conditions for more effective use of scientific results in addressing actual economic and societal problems through modernisation of research infrastructure of RBI (SOCIAL CHALLENGES & INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP)
  • improve the quality of research and reputation of RBI in international scientific community, through inclusion in interdisciplinary thematic research programmes (EXCELLENT SCIENCE)
  • intensify cooperation with academic community, business, public, civil sector and society at large, in order to promote and encourage science and knowledge society culture (NETWORKING, COOPERATION & PROMOTION)

Know-how and expertise of RBI as an answer to social challenges and industrial leadership based on scientific excellence.


In accordance to defined objectives and expected results, as well as socio-economic benefits, the following target groups are expected to benefit from the project:

THE BUSINESS SECTOR will benefit from knowledge transfer, technology and stronger innovation capacities of the project, especially in the following sectors:  

  • Pharmaceutical industry (development of new drugs, pharmacological substances synthesis, new high quality services)
  • Food industry (quality and origin control, development of new products...)
  • Chemical industry (improved technological processes, removal of harmful substances from production landfills...)
  • Electronics industry (new products and technologies – result of applying detection and acceleration research methods)
  • Biotechnology companies (new innovations for offer expansion: microchips, biosensors, custom-made analyses...)
  • ICT companies (new innovations for offer expansion: mobile applications, database, user services...)
  • Fish and shellfish cultivators

PUBLIC SECTOR, BODIES AND SERVICES OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION will be potential users and receivers of benefits from this project in the form of founded results of food and biological material analysis, as well as environmental samples presented in form of studies, estimates and recommendations, which will significantly contribute to life quality, preservation of public good and resources, as well as the wellbeing of the society as a whole. In this context, the following public institutions should be noted:

  • Institute of Immunology
  • Croatian National Institute of Public Health
  • Croatian Conservation Institute
  • Forensic Science Centre ‘Ivan Vučetić’
  • Croatian Veterinary Institute
  • Croatian Veterinary Chamber
  • Croatian Institute for Health Protection and Safety at Work
  • Water supply lines
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ministry of Economy
  • Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection
  • Ministry of Culture
  • Croatian Waters/Hrvatske vode
  • Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia
  • Sanitary inspections (veterinary and borderline veterinary, fishing, water management)
  • National parks – protected areas
  • State Institute for Nature Protection
  • State Office for Radiological and Nuclear Safety
  • Krško Nuclear Power Plant
  • Museums

THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY AND THE SCIENCE AND EDUCATION SECTOR will benefit from this project via execution of collaborative interdisciplinary internationally competitive research; owing to close connections between science and education sectors (especially tertiary education), this group of users is expected to achieve exceptionally high synergy and complementary impact in form of contribution of higher education institutions to RBI research and scientists (e.g. translational medicine in cooperation with clinical hospitals and schools of medicine) and vice versa, contributions of RBI scientist to the quality of higher education in Croatia (e.g. collaboration in defining and execution of doctoral studies). The following institutions in this sector are expected to be highly important:

  • RBI - researchers
  • Faculty of Science Zagreb
  • Faculty of Science Split
  • School of Medicine Zagreb
  • School of Medicine Split
  • School of Medicine Rijeka
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Medicine
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Institute for Marine and Coastal Research Dubrovnik
  • UHC Split
  • University Hospital for Infectious Diseases "Dr.Fran Mihaljević" Zagreb

Finally, THE SOCIETY AS A WHOLE will have primarily indirect benefits from the project through the realisation of project socio-economic benefits (e.g. better environment protection, food safety, foundation of new businesses and employment, etc.), but it is not unrealistic to also expect much more direct impacts of the project on specific groups of citizens who will be able to use modernised and more numerous RBI services (e.g. individuals who will want to be tested for genetic propensity for developing cancer or other conditions).