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2022/06/24

Václav Velčovský: We want to enable Czech research to reach the top

We would like to draw your attention to an interesting interview with Václav Velčovský, Deputy Minister for International Relations, EU and ESIF, of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. The interview concerns the forthcoming call for cutting-edge research.

European structural and investment funds
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2022/06/24

RVVI Chairwoman's Award for Popularizing Research 2022 - call for proposals

The President of the Council for Research, Development and Innovation announces a call for proposals for the award of the President of the Council for Research, Development and Innovation for 2022.

The President's Prize is awarded by the President of the Council for Research, Development and Innovation (hereinafter "the President of the Council") and may award it on a proposal or on her own initiative. The President's Prize cannot be awarded in memoriam.

A financial award of up to CZK 500,000 is awarded to a natural person for significant work in the field of research development, experimental development and innovation, including its promotion or popularization, or to a natural person who has significantly contributed to the promotion or popularization of research, experimental development and innovation by that it has published, passed on or otherwise popularly disseminated knowledge and expertise in the field of research, experimental development or innovation.

In selecting the candidate for the award, the President of the Council shall assess the number, scope and quality of publicisations and the number, scope and quality of written presentations, including popularisations in the media and various public lectures, taking into account the impact on the public, in particular: in terms of supporting long-term perspectives for research, experimental development and innovation.

 

Requirements for the candidate:

Nominations for the competition can be sent by natural and legal persons. The proposal for the award of the Prize of the President of the Council includes:

  • name and surname of the candidate,
  • birthdate,
  • CV,
  • a description of the candidate's lifelong achievements and responses at home and abroad (up to 5 pages).

The proposed candidate must meet all the conditions set out in the call.

Proposals must be submitted no later than 30 September 2022 in paper form or electronically to the address of the Research, Development and Innovation Council. The electronic submission can be delivered via a data box.

More information is available here.

 

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2022/06/24

Announcement of a public tender in the INTER-EXCELLENCE II program (bilateral projects CZE-USA)

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports announces a public tender in the research, development and innovation of LUAUS23 for bilateral projects of the Czech Republic and the United States of America within the INTER-EXCELLENCE program of the INTER-ACTION sub-program.

The aim of the LUAUS23 competition is to select joint research projects in the categories of basic research, industrial research and experimental development, with a focus on all scientific fields. The solution period for supported projects is set at 3-5 years.

Evidence of the intention of cooperation between the Czech applicant and his American partner in solving the research project will be documented by the applicant in the appendix to the project proposal "Letter of Intent".

The set of all relevant information for the elaboration and submission of the project proposal to LUAUS23 is the TENDER DOCUMENTATION pursuant to Section 19 of Act No. 130/2002 Coll. presented below. Project proposals will be processed in the INTER-EXCELLENCE Information System (hereinafter referred to as the “ISIX system”) and submitted in the manner specified in the Tender Documentation.

The competition period in which project proposals can be submitted (applicants' applications for targeted support) ends on 25 July 2022. The evaluation period will run from 26 July 2022 to 30 November 2022. The LUAUS23 results will be published on the provider's website.
The full text of the announced public tender can be found here.

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2022/06/10

ALEVIA organizes a summer school for research organizations employees

The summer school is intended for employees and project managers of research organizations of all types, ie universities, institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, other public research institutions, teaching hospitals and institutions of other legal forms. It is also suitable for employees of technology transfer centers, or for those who are interested in research and development at the regional or municipal level (for example, RIS3 managers). The summer school is recommended for employees at various levels of management, leaders of research groups, but also for other employees interested in this topic.


The summer school will focus on finding answers to the following questions:
What are the main principles and values ​​that govern the world of researchers? How to communicate better with scientists? Can a research organization and scientists be managed at all? What principles, which are used in the private and sometimes public sector, are used successfully? How to set up the right "corporate" culture in a research organization? How to combine publication culture with culture of application, intersectoral cooperation, transfer and commercialization? How to find a recipe for mutual understanding between scientists and "administrators"? How to convince scientists to share the results of their work with the public - ie to transfer, commercialize, cooperate with the application sphere and communicate more? How to raise awareness of intellectual property in a research organization and its protection?


The summer school will take place in Telč from Tue 16 August to Thu 18 August 2022. The lecturers will be Martin Fousek, Tomáš Mozga, Martina Pokorná and Aleš Vlk. The price of the summer school is CZK 15,000. More information can be found here.

Educational events

2022/06/10

THÉTA program: Announcement of the 5th public tender (TA CR)

On June 1, 2022, the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic announced the fifth public tender in the THÉTA Program for the Support of Applied Research, Experimental Development and Innovation. It is possible to register until July 27, 2022.

The main goal of the THÉTA program is to contribute to the fulfillment of the vision of transformation and modernization of the energy sector in accordance with the approved strategic materials. This will be achieved through the support of energy research, development and innovation projects aimed at improving the governance of the energy sector by public administrations, new technologies and system elements with high potential for rapid application in practice, as well as long-term technological perspectives. The applicant for support can be a research organization or a company.

The public tender is announced in two sub-programs (hereinafter referred to as “PP”). In Appendix No. 2 - Specifications of individual sub-programs you will find the differences between individual PPs.


• Sub-program 1 - Research in the public interest
This sub-program expects project proposals that will be based on the needs of public administration in the field of energy and will offer such outputs / results that public administration will use especially in the development of methodologies, strategic and conceptual documents, regulatory frameworks, etc. and developments in the field of reliability and technological development of nuclear installations, energy regulation and other relevant areas. For project proposals of sub-program 1, the role of the application guarantor (organizational unit of the state or territorial self-governing unit) is required, with whom the project proposal needs to be consulted and prepared. The maximum support for one project in PP1 is CZK 10 million. The maximum aid intensity for 1 project is 90%.


• Sub-program 2 - Strategic energy technologies
This sub-program aims to support energy technologies and system elements with high potential for rapid application in new products, production processes and services. Project proposals belonging to sub-program 2 must have a sufficiently well-thought-out application potential, including future commercialization. The involvement of companies is essential, which must sufficiently describe the plan for the application of outputs / results in practice in the project proposal. Application in practice is typically expected within three years of the completion of the project. Research is therefore at an advanced stage. The maximum support per project in PP2 is not set. The maximum aid intensity for 1 project is 60%.


The competition period begins on June 2, 2022 and ends on July 27, 2022.


Detailed information necessary for the preparation and submission of the project proposal, including information on the method and criteria of evaluation are contained in the tender documentation and other documents associated with the announcement. Help on completing the project proposal is located directly in the ISTA information system. For new applicants, we have prepared a video tutorial on how to open an account in the ISTA information system. If in doubt, look at the frequently asked questions (Helpdesk knowledge base), if you do not find the answer, you can ask a question through the Helpdesk. You can also contact the regional representative of TA CR.

Domestic grants

2022/06/01

CZARMA - a newly emerging association of managers and administrators in research

A new association called CZARMA - the Czech Association of Managers and Administrators in Research, is being established in cooperation with representatives of Czech universities and institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

The membership application to CZARMA has currently been published. Membership will bring CZARMA participants access to expertise and a range of opportunities for networking, skills development and policy making. Working groups will be set up to focus on topics such as professional development, pre- and post-award project support, finance, legal management, evaluation, open science and more.

More information can be obtained on the CZARMA website. Registered members are invited to the 1st membership meeting, which will take place on September 7, 2022 in Prague.

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2022/05/27

TA CR announced the fourth public tender in the DELTA 2 Program for the Support of Applied Research, Experimental Development and Innovation

On 18 May 2022, the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) announced the fourth public tender in the DELTA 2 Program for the Support of Applied Research, Experimental Development and Innovation (hereinafter referred to as the “DELTA 2 Program”).

The subject of this public tender is the support of international cooperation in the field of applied research through joint projects of Czech entities supported by TA CR and foreign partners with the expected support of foreign organizations. Another aim of the public tender is also to support the transfer of international knowledge, share good practice and facilitate penetration of foreign markets.

The project proposal is submitted through ISTA in English.

The competition period ends on July 13, 2022.

Foreign partners must be based in one of the following locations:

  • Federative Republic of Brazil (National Agency for Research and Industrial Innovation, National Service for Industrial Training),
  • Zhejiang Science and Technology Department,
  • Republic of Korea (Korea Institute of Advancement of Technology, Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning),
  • Federal Republic of Nigeria (National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure),
  • Québec (Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec),
  • United States of America (Department of Energy of the United States of America),
  • Israel (Innovation Authority),
  • Taiwan (Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Science and Technology),
  • Jiangsu Jiangsu (Provincial Department of Science and Technology)

Detailed information, including tender documents, can be found here.

Domestic grants

2022/05/27

Ministry of Agriculture announced an applied research programme "EARTH"

The Ministry of Agriculture announced an applied research program called EARTH, in which outlined the following 9 key areas: Soil, Water, Biodiversity, Forestry and Related Industries, Crop and Phytosanitary, Livestock and Veterinary Medicine, Food Production, Agricultural Technology and Bioeconomics.

As key areas suggest, the program aims to support applied research projects in agriculture, food, water and forestry, with expected results of high innovation potential, leading to enhanced stability, volume and quality of production, applicable in new products, technologies and production processes. The program will support the development of existing fields and technologies as well as the emergence of new knowledge, methods and procedures, which will strengthen the competitiveness of the Czech agricultural sector and the development and use of renewable resources for society. The Program also aims to increase the efficiency of the use of public funds invested in research in the agricultural sector and to increase the social value of research activities.

 

  • Deadline for receipt of project proposals: 13 July 2022
  • Date of publication of the results: 22 November 2022
  • Estimated start date of the aid: 1 January 2023
  • In the following three years, they will compete for a total amount of CZK 254,000,000, and CZK 84,000,000 is reserved for 2023.
  • More information about the call can be found here.
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2022/05/18

9th Joint Call for Cooperation with Japan (Materials Research)

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic announces the 9th joint call within the European Interest Group for Cooperation with Japan (EIG CONCERT Japan) on the topic "Design of Materials with Atomic Precision".

The competition was announced on the basis of the "Memorandum of Cooperation - EIG CONCERT Japan", which was signed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on January 8, 2021. The aim of the Memorandum is to strengthen cooperation between European countries and Japan in scientific and technological research. The 9th Joint Call in 2022 is based on the worldwide need to develop new materials with atomic precision that will be a step forward in the field of multifunctional design and development of advanced materials for versatile social and industrial applications.

The 9th Joint Call was announced on Monday 9 May 2022 on this website with a deadline on Monday 18 July 2022 at 10:00 CET and with the announcement of the results in December 2022. A maximum of 6 projects will be supported within this call.

Financial support from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports opens up the possibility of financing researchers from university workplaces, research organizations, and small and medium-sized enterprises in the field of basic and industrial research. Financial support is intended for the implementation of joint projects in the form of acquisition of small assets, research material, personnel costs, mobility costs (accommodation and travel costs). Consortia consisting of at least 3 participants / project partners can apply for a grant, of which one partner will be from Japan and two from selected European countries (Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey)

Project proposals will be submitted online to the Secretariat of the European Interest Group for Cooperation with Japan. At the same time, the Czech applicants submit a project proposal to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports according to the instructions given in the text of the call.

More information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Other

2022/05/18

Competition in the Healthcare applied research Programme

 

The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has announced a one-stage public tender for targeted support, which will focus on applied research projects in healthcare area. The targeted support of the Ministry of Health (MH) is intended for solving projects of applied research in health care, focused on solving problems connected with diagnostics, treatment and prevention of human diseases. A detailed summary of objectives and expected benefits is given in the Program for the Support of Applied Health Research for the years 2020 - 2026. The realization of selected projects is expected to start in May 2023. The project realization must be completed by 31 December 2026 at the latest. Expected realization period is thus 44 months.

The evaluation criteria of the applications are: project objectives and their compliance with the objectives of the Program, proposal of solution, design of solution outputs, professional level of the research team, readiness / equipment of the applicant's workplace, foreign cooperation of the applicant, assessment of previous cooperation of the applicant with MoH and adequacy of financial requirements. The evaluation of the professional level of applications will be ensured by the bodies of the Agency for Health Research of the Czech Republic, which is an organizational unit of the state under the direct competence of the Ministry of Health.

The deadline for submitting applications is 29 June 2022 (until 12:00).

The results of the evaluation will be known by February 24, 2023.

All documents and information necessary for the processing and submission of applications, the conditions of eligibility of candidates, the requirements for its proof and the method of evaluation of applications are described in more detail here.

Domestic grants

2022/05/12

Innovation of the Year Award

The Association of Innovative Entrepreneurship of the Czech Republic announces the 27th year of the competition for the Innovation of the Year Award 2022. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2022.

 

Competition conditions:

  • any entity based in the Czech Republic can participate in the competition;
  • new or significantly improved product introduced on the market in the last 3 years (product, technological process, service) enters the competition;
  • the registered product must already be demonstrably successfully used (the product or service is placed on the market, the technological procedure is implemented in practice).

Evaluation criteria:

  • A - Technical level of the product
  • B - Originality of the solution
  • C - Market position
  • D - Environmental impact

The authors can present the submitted products in the exhibition part INNOVATION 2022, Week of Research, Development and Innovation in the Czech Republic in Prague on 6 - 9 December 2022.

The products accepted by the Innovation of the Year Commission will be published in a professional magazine published by AIP CR, z.s., other media and on the website of AIP CR, z.s.

Participants who receive an award within the competition for the "INNOVATION OF THE YEAR 2022" Award can become members of the Club of Innovative Companies AIP CR, z.s.

 

Applications:
To participate in the competition for the INNOVATION OF THE YEAR 2022, more detailed information can be obtained together with the application (application deadline 31 October 2022; possibility to consult the complexity of the prepared application by 17 October 2022 or as agreed) at:

Association of Innovative Entrepreneurship of the Czech Republic, z.s.
Novotného lávka 5, 116 68 Prague 1
phone: 221082275, 723 633 070, e-mail: redakce@aipcr.czwww.aipcr.cz

The registration fee for entering the competition is CZK 4,000.

You can find the application form here.

You can find the Innovation of the Year brochure here.

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2022/05/12

OP TAK schedule update for 2022

The Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Managing Authority of the Operational Program Technology and Applications for Competitiveness (OP TAK), has published an updated Schedule of OP TAK calls for 2022.

The process of negotiating the operational program with the European Commission is currently underway. The approval of the Partnership Agreement, which is the overarching document for the use of EU funds, is also being finalized and must be approved first. For these reasons, the entire schedule changes. If all goes well, the approval of OP TAK could be expected in June 2022. The first calls could be open in July 2022.

European structural and investment funds

2022/05/06

Call for Czech-French projects

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic announces a call for proposals for joint Czech-French research projects with a solution period of 2023–2024.

The aim of the call is to help establish contacts and develop cooperation between institutions operating in the field of research and development in partner countries, by supporting the mobility of researchers working in solving international basic research projects. Research projects supported under this call usually last for two years, and the principle is enforced that the provision of institutional support for international cooperation to projects of research teams of the same staff (especially those in the role of principal investigator) is not repeated three times in a row. Project support consists of financing travel and subsistence costs. This call does not support the participation of researchers in seminars, conferences, congresses and other meetings held in partner countries.

 

 

Other

2022/05/06

Call for Czech-Austrian projects

In accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Czech Republic and the Government of the Republic of Austria on Cooperation in Culture, Education, Science, Youth and Sport, signed in Vienna on 21 November 2008, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports announces a call for proposals for joint Czech-Austrian research projects with a solution period of 2023-2024.

Until 30 June 2022, applications can be submitted to support the mobility of researchers collaborating on international basic research projects in any field. Supported research projects are two years long. Project support consists of financing the travel and subsistence costs of researchers traveling abroad. This call does not support the participation of researchers in seminars, conferences, congresses and other meetings held in partner countries.

The call will support short-term stays (1 - 15 days) and long-term stays (1 - 3 months).

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports will provide support for the solution of one joint research project with a maximum amount of CZK 100,000 / year, ie CZK 200,000 for the entire duration of the solution. A total of CZK 3,000,000 is allocated for the call.

Other

2022/04/21

Call for proposals for Czech-German research projects

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports announces a call for proposals for joint Czech-German research projects with a solution period of 2023–2024. Proposals can be submitted until 30 June 2022.

The aim of the call is to help establish contacts and develop cooperation between institutions operating in the field of research and development in partner countries, by supporting the mobility of researchers cooperating on international basic research projects.

The supported joint research projects are for two years, while the Czech side promotes the principle that the provision of institutional support to joint research projects of research teams with the same personnel composition should not be repeated more than twice. Support for projects consists in financing travel and subsistence costs, where the sending party covers all costs (travel/subsistence/subsistence/pocket money), including travel insurance costs.

Domestic grants
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2022/04/08

Photovoltaic power plants with/without storage (NPO)

On 8 March, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic announced the 1st call for photovoltaic systems with/without storage from component 2.3 Transition to cleaner energy sources of the National Renewal Plan. The call is a single round and will end on 30 June 2022.

Small, medium and large enterprises can receive up to 50% subsidy for the purchase and installation of photovoltaic systems and battery storage. The programme is designed to finance larger company projects - the most worthwhile projects are those with a minimum value of EUR 2 million. This corresponds to approximately 500 m2 of roof and 250 solar panels. Projects up to 1MW will be supported. These must be rooftop installations or installations on business buildings. More information can be found here.

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