New Evaluation Panel Members Wanted

Every year, the Czech Science Foundation (GACR) receives over three thousand project proposals from all areas of basic research. Over 400 renowned experts help to select the best ones. As the terms in office of about half of them are coming to an end in March 2023, the GACR is launching a call for nominations for evaluation panels. The system has been simplified by making the application electronic and allowing for self-nominations. The deadline to apply is 15 December 2022.

“Without the honest work of the panel members, the Czech Science Foundation would be unable to operate. They are the experts who thoroughly review all of the project proposals submitted, and compare them against one another. Then they recommend the ones that should be funded,” says the President of the Czech Science Foundation, Assoc. Prof. Petr Baldrian. “In order to be able to select as many outstanding experts as possible for our panels, this year we have decided to allow what we call self-nominations – anyone who meets the basic criteria can apply. Anyone whose project has ever been selected for funding should contribute to the evaluation of other scientists’ projects to the best of their ability.  Of course, we continue to welcome nominations of experts by scientific institutions.”

There are 39 evaluation panels at the Czech Science Foundation, grouped into 5 discipline committees by the area of science. In total, there are over 400 experts from all fields who evaluate proposals for basic research projects in tenders for Standard Projects, POSTDOC INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIPS, and International Projects.

What are the main responsibilities of a panel member?

  • Being an impartial evaluator abiding by the Code of Ethics
  • Writing reviews for an average of 12-17 project proposals each year, and evaluating additional ones
  • Recommending independent external reviewers for the second phase of the evaluation
  • Monitoring the progress of the projects funded, and preparing on average 5-7 reports after project completions
  • Attending four panel meetings each year where projects are discussed

 What are the minimum requirements?

  • Academic qualifications at the level of a Ph. D. or higher
  • Active scientific activity in basic research
  • Significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge and discovery
  • Experience with basic research projects as a principal investigator or co-investigator
  • Ability to assess scientific problems in the broader context of the development of the discipline internationally

 What we offer

  • The opportunity to actively participate in the development of scientific excellence in the Czech Republic
  • Experience in evaluating and preparing grant proposals
  • Opportunity to become familiar with current trends in the field
  • Financial remuneration proportionate to the level of involvement in the evaluation process


BECOME A MEMBER OF AN EVALUATION PANEL – apply by 15 December 2022

Important note: If you do not receive confirmation of your nomination within one working day, please contact our helpdesk.



Call for nominations for members of the evaluation panels of the Czech Science Foundation 2022 (*.pdf) – in Czech only


Associate Professor Martina Hřebíčková taking over Social Sciences and Humanities, professor Martin Hartl becomes Vice-President

Effective from October, the Czech government appointed doc. PhDr. Martina Hřebíčková, DSc., member of the Presidium who will be responsible for Social Sciences and Humanities. In this position, she succeeds Vice-President prof. Ing. Stanislava Hronová, CSc., dr. h. c. who completed her second term in office. Prof. Ing. Martin Hartl, Ph.D., responsible for Technical Sciences, became Vice-President of the Czech Science Foundation.

Martina Hřebíčková

Doc. PhDr. Martina Hřebíčková, DSc., , is engaged in psychological research at the Institute of Psychology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS). The focus of her research interest is personality psychology and social psychology, she is an expert in the trait approach and the structure of personality traits. She studied psychology and Russian language at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Masaryk University in Brno, in 1995 she defended her dissertation at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Charles University. She received her associate professorship at the Faculty of Arts of the Masaryk University in Brno. She has been involved in the preparation of more than 80 publications indexed on the Web of Science, and is one of the most frequently cited social scientists in the country. She has represented the Czech Republic on the steering committee of the European Association of Personality Psychology and serves as editor of the international journal Personality Science. She has been awarded several times for her scientific research activities. She has been the recipient of the Otto Wichterle Prize of the CAS, and the Jiří Hoskovec Prize awarded by the Czech-Moravian Psychological Society for her significant contribution to the development of Czech psychology. She has experience in leading research institutions, panels, committees, departments, projects and teams. She is also involved in the evaluation of science in committees and panels at the Council for Research, Development and Innovation of the Czech government, the  Charles University, and the Czech Academy of Sciences.

About the Presidium of the Czech Science Foundation

The Presidium of GA CR is appointed by the government of the Czech Republic upon the nomination of the Council for Research, Development and Innovation. It is composed of five members representing five basic scientific disciplines – Technical Sciences (prof. Ing. Martin Hartl, Ph.D.), Life Sciences (RNDr. Alice Valkárová, DrSc.), Medical and Biological Sciences (prof. MUDr. Mgr. Milan Jirsa, CSc.), Social Sciences and Humanities (assoc. prof. PhDr. Martina Hřebíčková, DSc.), and Agricultural and Biological-Environmental Sciences (assoc. prof. RNDr. Petr Baldrian, Ph.D. – President of the Czech Science Foundation). The term in office of the members of the Presidium is four years, and a maximum of two consecutive terms is possible. GACR President is the governing body of the Czech Science Foundation.

The Presidium approves the publication of public tenders in research and development, and decides on the execution of contracts for the provision of funding, i.e. on the award of grants to scientific projects on the basis of the evaluation of the discipline committees and panels of the Czech Science Foundation. The Presidium also coordinates the activities of these advisory bodies, and appoints and removes their members.