The Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) co-finances following types of research projects on a competitive basis:
Basic projects cover experimental or theoretical research undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge of the underlying foundations of phenomena and observable facts.
Applied projects represent an original investigation undertaken in order to acquire new knowledge. It is however, directed towards a specific practical aim or objective.
Basic and applied projects led by younger doctors (maximum of ten years after defending his or hers doctoral thesis) represent a special category. In the public call for co-financing projects these types of research projects receive special attention in terms of minimally prescribed representation.
All above listed types of projects are implemented by research teams at one or more research organisations and are led by a Project Leader.
Postdoctoral projects are basic or applied research projects carried out by one researcher (no more than 3 years after obtaining a doctorate). Like research projects led by younger doctors, postdoctoral projects are subjected to minimally prescribed representation in each public call.
Co-financing of the research project is based on the public call. Successful project proposals that meet all the prescribed conditions and are chosen on the basis of reviews of foreign reviewers and the proposal of expert bodies of the Agency in a two-phase procedure are financed for the period specified in the call. The Agency co-finances basic and applied projects for a period of up to three years, while post-doctoral projects are co-financed for up to two years.