The Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (MSES) included the capital structural project of the Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI) Open Scientific Infrastructural Platforms for Innovative Applications in the Economy and Society (O-ZIP), valued at about € 50 million, in the indicative list of infrastructural projects for the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2020 (ERDF). The main goal of O-ZIP is to improve parts of RBI with the greatest commercial potential and proven excellence in obtaining European and applied projects.
In October 2011 Croatian MSES has issued a public call for project proposals which implementation would be financed by the ERDF as a part of the Operational Programme for Regional Competitiveness. In June 2012 the MSES finished the evaluation of the applied projects, and the final outcome was fantastic for the RBI.
Even four of the structural projects featuring RBI were included in the ERDF project list: the capital RBI project Open Scientific Infrastructural Platforms for Innovative Applications in the Economy and Society (O-ZIP), establishment of the Croatian Centre for Advanced materials and Nanotechnology (C2AMN) in partnership with the Institute of Physics (IFS) and the University of Zagreb (UNIZG), as well as the Croatian Scientific and Educational Cloud (HR-ZOO) with Computing Centre of the University of Zagreb (SRCE) as a project leader.
The RBI possesses capital equipment worth more than 100 million Kuna. However, as it has been a common practice in Croatia, a large part of the high-tech equipment, unfortunately, was not available in a transparent and easy way to the general scientific and academic community or industry. Therefore, creating the preconditions for a more open and transparent availability of the existing as well as future capital equipment of RBI becomes one of the O-ZIP main goals.
This project will greatly determine the strategy of RBI for the next 20 years or more, so this is an opportunity that our Institute should not miss. This is very good news for the RBI and gives us extra motivation to continue our good work.”
Such capital investments in infrastructure and equipment will improve the quality and accessibility of research, equipment and expertise of the RBI to the wider Croatian academic community and industry, thus contribute to even better integration of the RBI in the European Research Area (ERA) as a top scientific research centre.
The Ruđer Bošković Institute is regarded as Croatia’s leading scientific institute in the natural and biomedical sciences as well as marine and environmental research, owing to its size, scientific productivity, international reputation in research, quality of its scientific personnel and research facilities. This multidisciplinary character, scientific infrastructure and human potential of 550 scientists and researcher crate the added value for the RBI positioning the Ruđer Bošković Institute as the key industrial and economic partner of the Republic of Croatia.