Research Programmes

Research work at the Faculty is conducted by the Faculty laboratories, as well as by programme and research groups. In 9 departments, there are 33 research laboratories. The laboratories perform their research within programmes and projects funded by the ministries and agencies of the Republic of Slovenia, collaborate with Slovenian industry and take part in projects within framework programmes and other programmes of the European Community.

Scientific-Research Work

In 2014, the Faculty was involved in 14 research programmes of the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) with total programme funding of EUR 1.72 million or 30.03 FTE (in 2013, EUR 1.59 million or 27.43 FTE). The Faculty coordinates or autonomously conducts 12 research programmes and participates in 3 research programmes coordinated by the Jožef Stefan Institute. The Faculty also runs the infrastructural centre of the Laboratory of Biocybernetics (1 FTE) as part of the infrastructure programme Network of Research Infrastructure Centres at the University of Ljubljana (MRIC UL). In 2014, six research programmes came to a close; however, based on the public call to submit research programmes for the next funding period and reports on the results of the research programmes, all of these programmes have been reselected for funding over the next 4–6 years.

In 2014, a total of 41 research projects of the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) were active: 25 basic and 16 applied projects. The volume of project funding by the Slovenian Research Agency in 2014 amounted to EUR 850 thousand or 12.09 FTE, whereby the continued and marked trend of reduced funding for the research projects of the Slovenian Research Agency reverted, but the funding remains far below the former levels (EUR 784 thousand in 2013, EUR 930 thousand in 2012, EUR 1.1 million in 2011).

In 2014, the Faculty provided training to 64 junior researchers under the Slovenian Research Agency programme and from the business sector under the Slovenian Technology Agency programme. This included 11 junior researchers from the Slovenian Research Agency and 8 junior researchers from the business sector of the Slovenian Technology Agency who completed their training. In 2014, the Faculty welcomed 12 new junior researchers under the Slovenian Research Agency programme, all of whom entered the training in autumn.

In 2014, the Faculty participated in 34 EU projects: 13 projects of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), 6 projects of the COST programme, 4 projects of the Metrology Research Programme (EMRP), 3 projects of the TEMPUS programme, 2 projects of the SEE programme and 1 project of each of the following programmes: AAL, ALPINE SPACE, CIP, INTERREG and IPA. The funding received for the implementation of these projects at the Faculty was EUR 1.62 million. The Faculty also participated in 3 bilateral projects with research institutions from USA and France.