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Science is a public good and constitutes the basis for the development of society. By creation and application of new knowledge and technologies, the development of economy, a better decision-making process and increased social potential is achieved. The development of science is the central point of the overall Croatian development.

The main purpose of the Croatian science policy is to create scientific and technological progress, which will be one of the key factors of the country’s social and economic development.

The development of science in Croatia should be oriented towards achieving excellence, as well as compatibility and co-operation with strategic partners in Croatia, Europe and worldwide. Only an internationally recognized, high-quality scientific activity and an appropriate transfer of research in the environment can be the basis for development.

Institutions in the system of science

High-quality science is based on high-quality and effective education for science, high standards of excellence and the increased allocation of funds from the public and private sectors. Besides the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia, the National Foundation for Science, Higher Education and Technological Development of the Republic of Croatia, and the National Council for Science of the Republic of Croatia, the Agency for Science and Higher Education plays a crucial role in the scientific development in the Republic of Croatia. The Agency is responsible for the development of quality culture and ensuring the fulfilment of both the minimum and excellence criteria for all publicly funded scientific organizations.

Quality assurance in science

The field of quality assurance in science in the Republic of Croatia is regulated in the Act on Quality Assurance in Science and Higher Education. 

Scientific activity is carried out by the following scientific organisations: 

  • Scientific institutes,
  • Universities and their constituent units,
  • Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
  • Other legal entities whose principal activity is scientific research.

Scientific organisations may carry out scientific activities and enter such activities in the court register only based on a licence. The licence is issued by the minister in charge of science after the initial accreditation procedure has been carried out, and after establishing whether the conditions have been met for carrying out scientific activities, as regulated in the Ordinance on Conditions for Issuing Licence for Scientific Activity, Conditions for Re-Accreditation of Scientific Organisations and Content of Licence (OG 83/2010, 5th July 2010).

The Agency will periodically, every five years, check whether an organization meets the conditions for carrying out publicly financed scientific activity, while it will also make a quality assessment of the evaluated institution that can influence the development budget of a scientific organization. This procedure is called re-accreditation.

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