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Lead Agency

Aim and Objectives

The aim of Lead Agency Procedure is promoting international scientific collaboration as a driving force for excellence. The cooperation agreement concluded by agencies from different countries enables researchers to apply for a joint project at one of the agencies (the Lead Agency). The application must be prepared in accordance with the formal guidelines of the Lead Agency. The project parts should be closely integrated and there should be scientific input from both sides.

Target Audience

In Slovenia: applicants from Slovenian research organizations.

Procedural Principles

The joint project application is submitted to the research fundig organization (RFO) aimed to finance the larger financial share. This funding agency in the sequel acts as Lead Agency (LA). The application must follow the application guidelines of the LA. The application consists of a joint scientific description of the project, delineating the scientific contributions of the respective partners. The LA administers the evaluation process in accordance with its standard procedures that apply for the respective funding programme. The partner RFOs agree on an international peer review procedure.

The LA forwards the result of the review process to the partner RFO (funding/rejection), including the complete, non-anonymised reviews. The partner RFO presents the result of the review process to its decision body and asks for the confirmation of the LA’s decision. Should the decision of the LA not be followed, an explanation for this must be provided to the LA. In case of approval, the project parts will be financed by the respective RFO in accordance with its standard practices. Intermediary and final reports will be carried out in accordance with national guidelines.

Calls, results and additional details


Lead Agency partner organizations

  Austria

Partner organization

FWF - Der Wissenschaftsfonds
http://www.fwf.ac.at/

Details: FWF web page

Memorandum of understanding: Lead Agency Agreement (FWF-ARRS) - Memorandum of Understanding on the unilateral administration and mutual recognition of evaluation procedures

 

  Belgium/Flanders

Partner organization

FWO - Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen   
http://www.fwo.be/

Details: FWO web page

Memorandum of understanding: Lead Agency Agreement (FWO – ARRS) Memorandum of Understanding on the unilateral administration and mutual recognition of evaluation procedures  

 

  Hungary

Partner organization

NKFIH – National Research, Development and Innovation Office   
http://www.nkfih.gov.hu

Information: NKFIH web page

Memorandum of understanding: Lead Agency Agreement (NKFIH – ARRS) Memorandum of Understanding on the unilateral administration and mutual recognition of evaluation procedures


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