Announcement of the EXPRO PROJECTS public tender
The Czech Science Foundation announce a Public Tender in Research, Experimental Development and Innovation for the Support of Basic Research Grant Projects – EXPRO, which are supposed to start being carried out in 2019.
The tender period begins on 15 May 2018.
The submission of project proposals is possible until 28. June 2018.
The tender document for the EXPRO public tender and forms of solemn declarations to prove eligibility are to be found at this page
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On 4 and 5 April 2018, the working group with provisional name – Central Europe Initiative (CEI) met in Prague to discuss the future possibilities of cooperation on the principle of Multilateral Lead Agency between involved national grant agencies.
The goal of the new EXPRO grant projects is to support research teams led by top internationally recognized scientists or young scientists with a convincing potential for excellence. We aim to direct our support towards already existing excellence or where we hope it may emerge, and thus enhance the quality of Czech science. Excellent research depends on top scientists and is often executed through “high risk - high gain” projects, as we can see for example in European Research Council (ERC) projects.
European Research Council (ERC) published an announcement of the new initiative "Fellowship to visit ERC Grantee" on the ERC website on 19. 1. 2016. At the beginning of 2016, ERC stated in its report that certain countries of the European Union have considerably lower representation of scientists in ERC calls, which among others leads to an unused research potential. ERC therefore appealed to responsible national agencies to set up programmes of national fellowships to visit ERC projects.
- The Czech Science Foundation (GACR) was established in 1993 as an independent public organisation supporting basic research in the Czech Republic. On the basis of calls for proposals and a public competition, the Czech Science Foundation provides financial support for both experienced and young and early-stage researchers. It also funds international projects on a bilateral basis in cooperation with several partner agencies as well as projects carried out within international research programmes.