Contact details of the institution hosting the BHO
SAIA, n. o. (Slovak Academic Information Agency)
The BHO is hosted by the Slovak Academic Information Agency (SAIA). Since its establishment in 1990, this non-governmental nonprofit organisation has been implementing programmes and providing services aimed at enhancing civil society and helping to internationalise education and research in Slovakia. Currently SAIA runs offices in six university towns with 18 employees. In 2009, the overall budget for scholarships and projects in all its programs totalled €3.33 million, including operational and other programme costs.
The main programmes of SAIA, n. o. in 2010 included Academic Mobility; Action Austria–Slovakia, Cooperation in Science and Education; CEEPUS, Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies; NIL Fund Supporting Co-operation in the Field of Education (Norwegian and EEA Financial Mechanisms); EURAXESS Services Centre for Researchers; Sciex-NMSch–Swiss Scientific Exchange Programme; and the National Scholarship Programme for the Support of Mobility of Students, PhD Students, University Teachers and Researchers.
EURAXESS Services Centres
There are six ESCs (5 ESC + 1 BHO that acts as ESC as well). The ESCs are regional branches of BHO without legal subjectivity
Local Contact Points
There is no formal network of LoCPs. Nevertheless, there is a network of universities and research organisations each of which acts as an LoCP.
Structure of the national network
The BHO is based in SAIA, n. o. in Bratislava and serves also as an ESC.
The other ESCs are located in five different regions of the country so as to cover the whole Slovakia and assist researchers regardless where they reside.
The LoCPs operate as an informal network of universities and research organisations providing assistance to the researchers in their institution.
|Full-time equivalent staff:||Number of persons:|
|BHO: 0,6||BHO: 1|
|ESC: 3,6||ESC: 10|
|LoCP: n/a||LoCP: n/a|
Declaration of Commitment (DoC)
SAIA, n. o. has signed the DoC also on behalf of its regional branch offices that function as ESCs.
National funding of the EURAXESS Services Network
The Slovak EURAXESS Network is funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic (currently based on the agreement signed for 2011 – 2014). Specific activities are also covered from the participation in EURAXESS-related European projects.
Target groups of the Bridgehead Organisation
- Incoming and outgoing researchers
- Local and National Authorities
- Administrative staff of universities and research organisations
Target groups of EURAXESS Services Centres
- Incoming and outgoing researchers
- Local Authorities
- Administrative staff of universities and research organisations at regional level
- Local Media
Target groups of Local Contact Points
- Incoming and outgoing researchers within the organisation
Relationship and communication between the BHO, the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility for Researchers (SG HRM), the National Contact Points (NCPs) and the Programme Committee
Up until 2009, the BHO and the SG HRM were interconnected directly through the staff participating in their respective activities. From 2009 on, communication between the SG HRM representative and the BHO has been quite limited. The People Programme Committee delegate is involved in BHO activities; the NCPs are out of the new structure of the national EURAXESS network at the moment. However, discussions have begun with the MESRS about the possibility of placing at least the NCP for the People Programme in the BHO/ESC.