Three young scientists from Slovak universities succeeded in the call of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investments and Informatization (ODPMII). Their submitted projects drew attention of the evaluation committee and they won the possibility to spend one semester at one of the most prestigious universities in the world – Berkeley, California (UC Berkeley).
The call was open for public universities, which could nominate maximum three candidates with projects in the field of smart transport systems, informatization in transport or automobile research.“Three successful young scientists, one from the Žilina University and two from the Technical University in Košice, will take part in a study stay at the University of Berkeley, which is one of the top five worldwide. During the study stay, they will work with the state-of-the-art technologies and they will meet top professors, thanks to which they can significantly accelerate their research. They will bring innovative solutions they will develop to Slovakia and implement in practice,” Deputy Prime Minister Richard Raši said, adding that the ODPMII will support every successful candidate with the amount of EUR 93,000 to pay for the tuition and costs related to the stay.
Projects were evaluated and assessed by a committee set up by the Head of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investments and Informatization. The evaluation focus on the importance of submitted projects in the particular academic field, its positive benefit for the applicant, for a particular university as well as overall benefit for the Slovak Republic, such as compatibility of the project with strategic plans of Slovakia in the field of science, research and innovations.
Sending three young researchers to Berkeley is a continuation of the successful story from the previous year. In September 2017, the ODPMII signed an agreement with the Žilina University and a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Berkeley, based on which, two Slovak scientists took part in the study stay in the USA.