Welcome to the U.S. – Slovak cooperation map!

Sharing of knowledge and expertise between Slovakia and the United States positively impacts wide-ranging advancements and innovations in both of our countries.

The goal of this site is to help raise awareness of ongoing Slovak-American connections, spur additional collaborations, attract new talent and sources of funding, and support innovation and research.

The cooperation map currently highlights long-term academic and research partnerships between Slovak and U.S. institutions in the field of joint research, publications, people-to-people exchanges and exchanges of know-how.

The map is a project of the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava. Information on the map is  updated periodically based on the data provided by the partner institutions.

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Funding & Cooperation Opportunities

The J. William Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange in the Slovak Republic is a bi-national, not-for-profit organization that administers the Fulbright Program in Slovakia since 1994. Its mission is to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the people of the United States and Slovakia through educational and cultural exchanges. The Fulbright Program gives passionate and accomplished students, scholars, or professionals of all backgrounds a unique opportunity to come to Slovakia to pursue studies or engage in research or projects supervised by approved institutions. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program are the core grant schemes offered by the Commission for individuals to carry out the academic research in Slovakia in any scientific or research discipline. Through the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program, U.S. colleges and universities that do not have a strong international component and/or serve minority audiences may invite a Slovak scholar to lecture or teach for one or two semesters. To learn more about grant descriptions, eligibility criteria, grant benefits, and instructions on how to apply, and other activities, please visit Slovak Fulbright Commission.

MIT’s Office of International Science and Technology Initiatives and the Slovak Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization signed the MIT-Slovakia Seed Fund Agreement in early 2021.  With an initial operating period of two years and a budget of $75,000 per year, the Fund will pay for two to three collaborations per year between Slovak and MIT researchers.  The first projects are slated to begin in May 2022.  The MIT-Slovakia Seed Fund supports new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at MIT and their counterparts in Slovakia and is open to applicants from all disciplines.  Priority is given to emerging or new phase projects likely to make an important contribution in their respective fields.  The Fund aims to build relationships and collaborations that extend far beyond the grant period, and to bring new and exciting partnerships to Slovakia in all fields of research.

The call for proposals is currently open. Please apply until December 13th, 2021. You can find more info here Apply for Funding/MISTI(mit.edu)

The National Scholarship Program of the Slovak Republic (NSP) supports study/research/teaching/artistic international mobility of students, PhD students, university teachers, researchers and artists at higher education institutions and research organisations. It supports two-way mobility – foreigners coming to Slovakia, as well as stays of Slovak residents abroad. The programme offers scholarships to cover living costs during the stay and in some specified cases also travel cost. The NSP scholarship holders are considered scholarship holders of the Government of the Slovak Republic. The NSP is funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and administered by SAIA, n. o. Scholarship applications shall be submitted online via www.scholarships.sk. Applications deadlines: 30 April, 31 October. Detailed information about the Programme available at The National Scholarship Program of the Slovak Republic.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Bratislava offers funding through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program annually. The purpose of the Small Grants Program is to strengthen societal and cultural ties between the U.S. and Slovakia through programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs should include a clear American component – a collaboration with American people, expert/s, organization/s, and or institution/s that will promote increased U.S.-Slovak ties and mutual understanding. Project proposals should have an intrinsic public diplomacy objective in support of the Priority Program Areas listed in the Annual Program Statement.

Erasmus+ is the EU’s program to support education, training, youth and sport and it offers mobility and cooperation opportunities. The aim of the program is to support the development of education and education systems, professional and personal development of individuals through international cooperation. In higher education, students since the first year of study, recent graduates within 12 months of graduation, and doctoral students can participate in student mobility for studies and / or traineeships. Teaching and administrative staff can participate in staff mobility for teaching or training. The program supports both outgoing and incoming mobilities of students and staff. The grant is provided for individual support and travel costs. The sending higher education institution organizes the selection procedure and sets specific terms and conditions. At national level, the program is implemented by the Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation. More information can be found at the international relations office of the sending higher education institution and at Erasmus+ Program website.

EURAXESS Slovakia – service centres for researchers and research organisations are helping to overcome obstacles that potentially hinder smooth mobility of researchers; the centres provide information and offer services to international and Slovak researchers and their families, targeting various aspects of mobility, including practical information (on issues of social security, taxes, visa and residence permits, or study opportunities for family members) related to the stay in a host country. Slovak EURAXESS portal also offers practical information on many researchers´ mobility related issues, including an interactive guide navigating the users to find out about the specific procedures on visa and entry conditions customised to their situation. Moreover, they can find there also information suitable for the researchers´ career development and a link to the European EURAXESS Jobs database, where researchers can search for job opportunities and research institutions may announce openings of work positions for researchers free of charge. EURAXESS Slovakia is a part of the Pan-European EURAXESS Network operating in 42 countries; the establishment of the network was initiated by the European Commission that still contributes to its development. SAIA, n. o. is the coordinator of the EURAXESS centres in Slovakia. EURAXESS Worldwide hubs (including EURAXESS North America) operate globally establishing links between research communities.

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If you would like to join the map, please fill in the questionnaire in the section Join the map.

For other inquiries send us an email to info@skuscooperation.sk. We usually respond within five business days.