SLOVENIA – Slovenija (30/04/2015)


Presentation given during the 2015 Research and Innovation Tour


"Research, Innovation and Science: Cooperation between EU Member States, Associated Countries, the European Union and China: A Testimony of Excellence"  pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

Priority fields of cooperation

  • The “Research and Innovation Strategy of Slovenia 2011-2020” aims to exceed mere mobility in the framework of bilateral cooperation and upgrade it by 2020, with special regards to the priority countries defined in Slovenia’s foreign policy. It as well explicitly states that bilateral cooperation will be directed towards BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), that are becoming new world centres of R&D.
  • Slovenia strongly supports the set priorities of the Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation (SFIC-Configuration of EU Council) which defines a strategic way to approach China in the domain of R&D.
  • In recent years there was a relatively successful bilateral cooperation in the area of Karst (limestone region) research – re-cultivation of the karst regions in Chinese provinces of Yunnan, Guangxi and Guizhou.

Main initiatives and programmes

  • Slovenian and Chinese researchers are jointly collaborating in several projects of the EU 7th Framework programme for RTD in different domains such as Environment, ICT, KBBE, Energy, Health, SSH. We expect that the good cooperation between researchers of both countries will continue also in the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020.
  • Although China is not a member of the EU programme COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), Chinese researchers may participate in COST actions on institutional basis (via their research organisations that are invited to join) and have collaborated in at least 7 COST actions with Slovenian researchers.


  • “Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the Government of the People’s Republic of China” signed in 1993.

The joint Chinese-Slovenian Scientific and Technological Cooperation Committee convenes every two years and is responsible for approving jointly funded projects for the following two years (biannual cooperation program). The funding in most cases covers only the exchange of personnel for up to 14 days. The last, 10th meeting of the joint committee was held in Ljubljana in June 2011. The counterparts on both sides are and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China; both parties will co-finance 22 bilateral research projects for the period 2014-2015. Both Ministries also agreed to strengthen cooperation in commercialization of the research results.

  • In 2003, the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences signed an “Agreement on Scientific Cooperation”. The cooperation covers mostly the exchange of visits and is open to all scientists in all research institutes under CASS and to all scientists in all research institutes and universities in Slovenia.


EURAXESS "Funding Guide for Researchers Mobility and Collaboration between Europe and China" 2015

  • Bilateral Scholarships for Foreign Students



Scientific Country Profile Slovenia

Slovenia Research Agency

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes