29 Apr Strengthening STEM skills in primary schools and development of regional science centres for STEM education in primary schools
Source of funding: European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism 2014-2021
Programme: Local Development and Poverty Reduction
- Component A – from 29 April 2021 until 28 July 2021
- Component B – from 29 April 2021 until 27 August 2021
Type of call: Open Call for Project Proposals (award of grant)
Competent authority: Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds
Call value: 22.270.362,00 EUR
Grant amount per project:
Component A: 200.000,00 – 1.000.000,00 EUR
Component B: 1.000.000,00 – 3.000.000,00 EUR
Project duration: 12 – 21 months
The eligible applicants: primary schools established under the Education Act in the Republic of Croatia, local and regional government units in the Republic of Croatia, legal persons as founders or owners of primary schools in the Republic of Croatia
The eligible partners: any public or private entity, commercial or non-commercial, as well as non-governmental organizations established as a legal person in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Croatia
The focus of this Call is to improve Croatian primary education capacity in STEM teaching and ultimately enhancing the STEM skills of teachers and other educational staff and pupils in primary schools.
In addition to STEM activities, the applicant may carry out activities in the following thematic areas: information and communication technology (ICT) in education, entrepreneurship on skills development and increased job prospects and active citizenship.
The Call is conducted through two components:
- Development of STEM skills through equipping school classrooms with STEM equipment
- Establishment of Regional Science Centres for STEM education in primary schools
Special attention shall be given to the financing of less developed areas in the Republic of Croatia. As well, the inclusion of pupils with special educational needs is encouraged. Project proposals which contain these elements will achieve additional points in the quality assessment.
All inquiries concerning the Call should be directed to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. The questions asked must include a clear reference to the Call. All answers will be published on the LDPR Programme’s website at no later than 7 calendar days before the deadline for the submission of the grant applications. Informative workshops related to this Call will be held online.
Minor technical corrections of the Form 2: Applicant/partner statement
The Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, the Programme Operator for the „Local Development and Poverty Reduction Programme“ has published minor technical corrections of the Form 2: Applicant/partner statement.
This technical corrections follow the technical corrections of the Croatian version of the Form 2, published on 6th July 2021. In case of any discrepancies between the two versions, the Croatian version is the one that prevails.
First amendments to the English version of the Open Call for Proposals
On 15th June 2021, the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, the Programme Operator for the „Local Development and Poverty Reduction Programme“ has published amendments to the English version of the Open Call for Proposals ”Strengthening STEM skills in primary schools and development of Regional Science Centres for STEM education in primary schools”.
Call Amendments include the following documents and provisions:
Open Call for Proposals – provisions on the ownership of the premises of future Regional Science Centre (paragraph 2.1.2,. 2.5. and 2.5.1.), provisions on the language of project proposal annexes (paragraph 2.8.), provisions on Project Contact annexes (paragraph 3.2.) and minor technical amendments (all highlighted in yellow in the consolidated version of the Call).
Application form – alongside minor technical corrections, the amended version allows for the inclusion of up to 10 project partners in the project.
Form 2: Applicant/partner statement – minor technical corrections
Form 4: De minimis Declaration – an English version included in the Call.
Annex 6: State Aid Rules – an English version included in the Call.
This amendment follows the amendment of the Croatian version of the Call, published on 4th June 2021. In case of any discrepancies between the two versions, the Croatian version is the one that prevails.