FAQ

Who is an eligible candidate for an IMPULZ project?
An eligible candidate must hold a PhD degree and must demonstrate sufficient research experience gained at a foreign research institute. Either s/he obtained a PhD degree or completed a long-term stay outside Slovakia, usually not shorter than 2 years. The candidate must demonstrate a capability to lead a proposed research team as well as an ability to obtain other competitive resources for research in the long term.

Does a candidate for an IMPULZ project have to work at any SAS institute?
At the time of application, NO. BUT a candidate must be a full-time employee of a SAS research institute during the project implementation. The application must include an opinion of a SAS research institute which will serve as a host organization for the project.

Can a PhD candidate apply for an IMPULZ project?
NO, an eligible candidate must hold a PhD degree. However, the postdoctoral student can apply for the project but the candidate must prove an autonomy from the thesis advisor by providing a list of publications which were not co-authored by the advisor. Moreover, the proposed topic of the project must be different from the topic of the applicant's thesis.

How to apply for an IMPULZ project?
A candidate must register online on the IMPULZ website (https://impulz.sav.sk/) and to enter through this system all the data and documents necessary for proposal assessment. After the deadline, the system shall be closed and it will no longer be possible to enter or change the entered data and documents. Proposals that do not contain all the requirements specified in the IMPULZ Statute after the deadline shall not be assessed.

In which language is an IMPULZ project application submitted?
The application must be written in English, submitted via the online application system and addressing all the points stipulated in the Guide for Applicants.

What is the duration of an IMPULZ project?
A typical IMPULZ project is usually funded for 5 years. During the project implementation, a mid-term project evaluation will be carried out. Only in case of fulfilment of the pre-set conditions the project will continue to be financed.

Is an IMPULZ project leader obliged to submit an application for an ERC project?
The mid-term project evaluation will take into account also any prospects of project co-financing from other non-SAS resources – e.g. a Horizon Europe project proposal (with a special emphasis on the ERC grant scheme), or another prestigious foreign grant with a comparable funding to the ongoing IMPULZ project.

What are the eligible costs of the IMPULSE project?
A selected project could ask for funding ranging from 60,000 to 160,000 EUR per year. The eligible project costs include personnel costs, travel costs, material costs, research infrastructure, publishing costs including Open Access, and services.

How many times can an IMPULZ proposal be resubmitted?
The same project proposal that has not been accepted before cannot be resubmitted. Each proposal is considered only once.