The EU's target is to reach a research and development expenditure level of 3 percent of GDP by 2020 - the Europe 2020 Strategy.
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 central administrative authority responsible for research and development is, under Act No 130/2002, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Under the Act, the government's specialist advisory body for the area of research, development and innovation is the Research, Development and Innovation Council. Research and development is also supported by the ministries listed below 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 Research, experimental development and innovation information system secures the collection, processing, provision and use of data on state-funded research and development. The system also includes data on the evaluation of the results of research organisations, a register of information on the results and a central register of projects.
Further information on research, development and innovation can be found in public lists and registers.
The following web portal offers more information on the integration of Czech research into European research cooperation and on EU activities.
The EUPRO II programme supports international cooperation activities in research and development.
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.