11 Apr 2014

O-ZIP Granted Financial Assistance Through the STP II

The RBI capital project Open Scientific Infrastructural Platforms for Innovative Applications in the Economy and Society (O-ZIP), worth more than 50 million euros, is granted financial assistance for the preparation of project documentation through the Second Technology Development Project (STP II) based on the Decision of the Croatian Minister of Science, Education and Sport. The funds will be used for the preparation of final documentation, feasibility study and cost-benefit analyses with a view to finalizing the project proposal and its final evaluation in Brussels.

In October 2011 Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (MSES) has issued a public call for project proposals which implementation would be financed from the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2020 (ERDF) as part of the Operational Programme for Regional Competitiveness.

Since 2011 to this date there were four calls launched for the submission of proposals, and following the second call, in December 2012, the RBI`s project Open Scientific Infrastructural Platforms for Innovative Applications in the Economy and Society (O-ZIP) was included in the indicative list of infrastructural projects for ERDF.

The granted funds will enable issuing of the official announcement and implementation of urban and architectural competition, which would provide quality conceptual design of spatial program for new buildings within the RBI complex, followed by the creation of a spatial development concept as well as deployment of scientific research facilities within the entire RBI complex as to achieve maximum optimization of both existing and planned resources, consultancy services for preparation of feasibility studies, cost-benefit analyses and other activities.

The next step is to invite tenders for individual particular phases of the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and engagement of a consultant. The RBI has taken all necessary preparations and is ready to issue an official announcement for the urban-architectural competition. The goal is to have completed feasibility study, cost-benefit analyses by the end of 2015 in order to finalize a comprehensive proposal which is then to be sent to Brussels for evaluation.

dr. Ivanka Jerić, the Chair of RBI Structural Funds Committee

Since 2011 to this date there were four calls launched for the submission of proposals, and following the second call, in December 2012, the RBI`s project Open Scientific Infrastructural Platforms for Innovative Applications in the Economy and Society (O-ZIP) was included in the indicative list of infrastructural projects for ERDF.

To this date, Croatian Ministry of Science accepted a total of 13 applications for its shortlist of infrastructural projects.