About us

Slovak Liaison Office for Research and Development (SLORD) was established by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information. The Office focuses on monitoring and analysis of EU policies and tools for the support of research, development and innovation particularly through the ongoing EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon Europe.

Our objectives

  • to improve communication with European institutions in the field of research, development and innovation
  • to improve communication with other institutions present in Brussels and with the international research and innovation community
  • to support Slovak researchers and increase their presence at the European level

Our services 

SLORD provides services in three main areas:


Providing information

  • providing targeted and up-to-date information for the Slovak research and innovation community on the calls and funding opportunities for research, development and innovation from European resources, and particularly through Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe programmes
  • monitoring and analyzing trends of EU research, development and innovation policies

Providing support in the preparation of R&I projects

  • Providing expert consultations on EU projects
  • Providing targeted information on possibilities of involvement in international consortiums
  • Consulting services for searching for partners and involvement in European networks
  • Logistic services, such as meeting rooms for meetings of Slovak researchers with potential project partners in Brussels
  • Recommendation of successful examples and approved practices in the EU as an inspiration and motivation for the next practice
  • Participation in events, meetings and activities in Brussels and providing information to Slovak researchers and stakeholders
  • Mediating contacts and provision of meetings in relevant European institutions and organizations based in Brussels

Promotion of the Slovak R&D landscape

  • Promotion of Slovak research, its results and potential in Brussels
  • Organization of information days, workshops, seminars and conferences in order to improve knowledge about Slovak research and innovations in Brussels

Our services are available free of charge to all Slovak researchers (public and private institutions, SMEs, individuals) as well as researchers coming to Slovakia. Our activities are coordinated by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

Monika Bideau Repčíková
Head of Office
monika.repcikova @ cvtisr.sk

  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • European Research Infrastructures
  • Cluster 2: Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society
  • Cluster 6: Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment
  • EU Missions: A Soil Deal for Europe | Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters


Kamil Novák
EU R&I Policy Advisor
kamil.novak @ cvtisr.sk

  • Cluster 3: Civil Security for Society
  • Cluster 4: Digital, Industry and Space
  • European Innovation Council (EIC)
  • European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE)
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
  • Joint Research Centre (JRC)


Zuzana Černáková
EU R&I Policy Advisor
zuzana.cernakova @ cvtisr.sk

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
  • Cluster 1: Health
  • Cluster 5: Climate, energy and mobility
  • Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area
  • EU Missions: Cancer | Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation | Climate-neutral and smart cities


IGLO is an informal network of R&D liaison offices based in Brussels, of which SLORD is an active member.


What is the purpose of the IGLO network?

We joined forces over 25 years ago to work together towards our common goals - to be on the ground in Brussels to best equip our national research and innovation communities to successfully engage with EU funding.

The aim of the network is to facilitate and strengthen interaction, information exchange and cooperation between IGLO members, their national R&D&I systems and the EU institutions on issues related to EU R&D&I, in particular in the context of the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation.


Who are the members of the IGLO network?

The network currently has 28 members representing 26 countries. Each office is slightly different in its structure, mission and way of working, but they all share similar objectives. We support our researchers and innovators in accessing EU funding by strengthening their engagement in Brussels and connecting them to each other.


Where do we join forces?

Our regular activities include

  • Collaboration and exchange within the 9 IGLO working groups
  • A monthly seminar open to the whole research and innovation community in Brussels - IGLO Open
  • monthly meetings of the Heads of Offices group - IGLO Core
  • Monthly meetings of the IGLO Secretariat
  • Training for new staff and trainees in our offices - IGLO Training for Newcomers
  • an annual event
  • Workshops on topical issues - IGLO in Action

To what end?

  • By working together, we achieve more effective monitoring of EU policy developments in research, innovation and education.
  • promote the involvement of our communities in international scientific cooperation by sharing information and contacts
  • Contribute to the shaping of future EU research and innovation policies through active cooperation with the European Commission and other EU institutions
  • Supporting the achievement of EU research and innovation objectives through the timely dissemination of information in our communities
  • Raising the profile of our research and innovation communities in the international environment through joint activities.

What are our thematic working groups?

  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • Health
  • Higher Education
  • Implementation of the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation
  • Innovation
  • International cooperation
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
  • Security research and innovation
  • Regional policies

For more information, please visit the IGLO website.


You can also find basic information about each of the Member Offices in the IGLO Who is Who publication.