One of the Czech Science Foundation’s long-term priorities is the strengthening of international cooperation and support of better integration of Czech scientists into the scientific world.
The main objective of bilateral cooperation is to enable better exchange of scientific information and techniques and the use of specialized equipment available in the countries involved.
On 8 June 2005 a Memorandum of Understanding on Research Cooperation between the Czech Science Foundation (GA CR) and the Korea Research Foundation (KRF), presently National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), was signed in Prague. Subsequently on 23 January 2006 a Memorandum of Understanding of Scientific Cooperation between GA CR and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) was signed in Bonn. Another Memorandum of Understanding was signed between GA CR and the National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC), presently Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), on 3 November 2008 in Prague.
Bilateral project proposals shall be prepared jointly by collaborating researchers from the above-mentioned countries. They can relate to all disciplines of basic research. Each proposal shall be submitted parallel to both cooperating research funding organizations. The duration of awarded projects is two to three years. With respect to bilateral projects, the evaluation is conducted independently in both partner organizations. In case of the Czech Science Foundation, the evaluation of project proposals is based on a bottom-up peer review system – panel system and foreign reviewers. The main evaluation criteria of project proposals are quality and originality, complementary approaches and methods, the applicant’s previous research and publication record, eligibility of costs and declared research outputs of participating partners. Grants are awarded only after approval by both organizations (GA CR and the foreign partner organization). Each funding agency supports the basic costs of the approved projects only within its own territory.