EU supports glass research project of Slovak scientists

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The European Union will support a project of research into glass at the Trencin University of Alexander Dubcek in Slovakia with 15 million euros (15.8 million U.S.dollars), Slovak Education Minister Peter Plavcan said on Friday.

The FunGlass project was selected among the top ten in the EU's initiative Horizon 2020. The university will be able to create 44 new scientific jobs on the project.

Other two projects, one of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and one of the National Forestry Centre, also made it into the second phase of the EU's research and innovation program, but they haven't received any funding.

However, Plavcan promised to provide financial support for all three projects via the research and innovation operational programme.

"I've asked Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas for additional support of the Slovak projects by increasing the funding for the call."

"If this isn't possible, the Education Ministry is ready to finance these projects, mainly from the research and innovation programme," said Plavcan, adding that 50 million euros (52.6 million U.S.dollars) has been earmarked for the purpose. Endit

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