Research - Czech Republic
The EU target is to achieve a level of expenditure on R&D by 2010 of three percent of GDP (of which 1% is to come from public sources and 2% from private sources) - the Lisbon objectives.
The state is currently simplifying its R&D support schemes by, for instance, introducing support programmes for research and development. The principle theme for the R&D and innovation supported by the state and the rules for providing financial support are contained in the following main documents:
The system of public support for research and development is decentralised in the Czech Republic.
The most influential bodies are the Council for Research, Development and Innovation and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Physical Education. Support is also provided by the abovementioned ministries and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
Basic development is also supported by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic and applied research and development is supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.
Alongside R&D, innovation is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.
Intellectual property must be protected to encourage research.
Registering as a private researcher or scientific institution
Research is included among the free trades.
Organisational units or legal or natural persons may be recipients of public support for research and development. The conditions that these persons or entities must fulfil are set out in the announcements for individual programmes.
In specific cases it is necessary to have a special permit to carry out research, e.g. where research on human embryo cells is involved.
Information on all public tenders for supporting research, development and innovation is freely available in the Research and Development Information System.
The public administration information system provides for the collection, processing, provision and use of data on state-supported research and development.
The following web portal offers further information on R&D financing and implementation.
All programmes supporting R&D and innovation are registered in the Research and Development Information System. Information is also available on the websites of the various providers:
Projects cofinanced from EU funds and implemented via operational programmes are the main support instrument for the European Research Area.
Check also the legislation on this topic in: