Croatian Science Foundation Projects

The Croatian Science Foundation was established by the Croatian Parliament in December 2001 as the National Endowment for Science, Higher Education and Technological Development of the Republic of Croatia. The primary mission of the foundation is to promote science, higher education and technological development in the Republic of Croatia, with the fundamental goal of ensuring economic development and stimulating employment.  The foundation supports scientific, higher education and technological programs and projects, while encouraging international cooperation. This support includes assistance in implementing scientific programs of particular interest in the areas of basic, applied and developmental research. 

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A multidisciplinary approach to discover selective drugs targeting cancer stem cells: The role of potassium transport - MultiCaST

Principal Investigator: Marijeta Kralj

The main goal of the proposed research is to understand cancer stem cell (CSC) biology and to develop novel CSC-directed compounds. We will strive to elucidate the molecular basis of potassium ion transport involvement in CSC-phenotype acquisition, modulation and targeting and identify key mechanisms of these processes as novel biomarkers for improved diagnostic options and innovative mechanism-based therapeutic approaches.

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Appearance and interaction of biologically important organic molecules and micronutrient metals in marine ecosystem under environmental stress (AMBI...

Appearance and interaction of biologically important organic molecules and micronutrient metals in marine ecosystem under environmental stress (AMBI...

Principal Investigator: Blaženka Gašparović

The main aim of the project is to investigate quality and quantity of the seawater organic matter (lipids, acidic polysaccharides and polymeric organic matter containing N catalytic atoms) that is produced in the altering environment. Ecosystem changes that will be followed imply opposite nutritional regimes, oligotrophy and eutrophy, and temperature variations. Further on, this project aims to clarify how variations in the concentrations and forms of these organic substances are reflected in the availability and cycling of micronutrients metals of interest, being Fe, Co, Cu, Zn and Cd.

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Assessment of Carrying Capacity for Tourists in Nature Protected Areas (ACCTA)

Principal Investigator: Tarzan Legović

The aim of the interdisciplinary project is to improve environmental management and increase conservation and social benefits of nature protected areas. We propose to do this by developing a novel, comprehensive method of calculating carrying capacity of protected areas, and demonstrating the method for two protected areas of divergent environmental and socio-economic attributes.

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Biodiversity and biotechnological characterization of bacteria of the Adriatic Sea

Principal Investigator: Sandi Orlić

Oceans are very complex ecosystem in which microorganisms play an important role in biogeochemical processes and in the cycling of matter.

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