JUNIOR STAR Grants Help Establish Seventeen New Research Teams

Starting next January, the Czech Science Foundation (GACR) will fund seventeen new JUNIOR STAR projects. The highly selective tender is aimed at excellent early-career scientists coming to the Czech Republic from abroad or with significant international experience. With an exceptional funding amount of CZK 25 million for 5 years, the scientists will be able to build new scientific teams and focus on new areas of research.

“The JUNIOR STAR scheme is a unique opportunity for early-career scientists to gain scientific independence and enrich the Czech environment with new research topics. The interest in these grants is enormous. However, we can only afford to fund the best of the best,” said GACR President Prof. Petr Baldrian. “This is the fourth year of this grant scheme. We are delighted that it allows us to attract scientists from prestigious universities abroad to work for Czech science. These are, for example, scientists working in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Norway or Germany. We believe that the researchers have the potential to answer important questions in their field of research and build new teams that will enrich Czech science.”

Projects in all areas of basic research are eligible for funding. Scientists in the new projects will focus, for example, on accelerating drug development, optimising 3D printing of alloys, computer vision using neural networks, and the impact of bilingualism in the first year of human life.

JUNIOR STAR 2024 Projects

Registration No.ApplicantTitleOrganizationNumber of yearsDiscipline Committee
24-10275MMgr. et Mgr. Veronika Dulíková, Ph.D.Titles and bones of ancient Egyptian officials: New mathematical approach to analysing Old Kingdom dataUniverzita Karlova, Filozofická fakulta5EX7
24-10298MIng. Vít Svoboda, Dr. sc. ETH ZurichProbing Chiral Dynamics on Femtosecond TimescalesVysoká škola chemicko-technologická v Praze, Fakulta chemicko-inženýrská5EX3
24-10599MRNDr. Michal Zajaček, PhD.Stars in galactic nuclei: interrelation with massive black holesMasarykova univerzita, Přírodovědecká fakulta5EX1
24-10738MIng. Lukáš Neumann, Ph.D.Inductive Biases of Deep Neural Networks in Computer VisionČeské vysoké učení technické v Praze, Fakulta elektrotechnická5EX8
24-11058MMgr. Milan Heczko, Ph.D.Design and optimization of 3D printable oxide-dispersion-strengthened multi-principal element alloys for extreme environmentsÚstav fyziky materiálů AV ČR, v.v.i.5EX8
24-11139MNikola Paillereau, Ph. D.The effect of bilingualism on speech perception and production in the first year of lifePsychologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i.5EX6
24-11259MRNDr. Ondřej Černý, Ph.D.Salmonella effector network inhibiting T cell immunityMikrobiologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i.5EX4
24-11562MPaulo PaiotiCatalytic Stereoselective Synthesis of Elusive Atropisomers for Accelerating Drug DiscoveryÚstav organické chemie a biochemie AV ČR, v.v.i.5EX3
24-11622MMgr. Martin Lang, Ph.D.Computing Religious Devotion: How Reinforcing Supernatural Beliefs Affects Normative Models in the MindMasarykova univerzita, Filozofická fakulta5EX6
24-12183MKlára Marečková, Ph.D., M.Sc.Prenatal Programming of Child's Brain and Behavior: Novel Insights into the Mechanisms of the Intergenerational TransmissionMasarykova univerzita, Středoevropský technologický institut5EX4
24-11702MRNDr Martin Rejhon, PhDTunable graphene/SiC optoelectronicsUniverzita Karlova, Matematicko-fyzikální fakulta5EX2
24-11761MMgr. Lenka Gahurová, Ph.D.Transposons and ovulatory cycles – key players in long-term female fertility?Jihočeská univerzita v Českých Budějovicích, Přírodovědecká fakulta5EX5
24-11928MDr Vinicius Tadeu SantanaControl of quantum phases and entanglement by magnetic field in molecular systemsVysoké učení technické v Brně, Středoevropský technologický institut5EX2
24-12359MIng. Rafael Navrátil, Ph.D.Innovative synthetic methods enabled by transition metal catalysis and electrochemistryUniverzita Karlova, Přírodovědecká fakulta5EX3
24-12400MJan VáňaThe Sociology of Literature Revisited: Towards Epistemological Symmetry within Literature-and-Society ResearchÚstav pro českou literaturu AV ČR, v.v.i.5EX7
24-12591MSamuel Walker BraunfeldModel theory, structural combinatorics, and algorithmsUniverzita Karlova, Matematicko-fyzikální fakulta5EX1
24-12912MMaria-Cecilia ChiriacHigh-throughput host detection and cultivation of freshwater CPRs (‘Ca. Patescibacteria’)Biologické centrum AV ČR, v.v.i.5EX5

Announcement of the results of the JUNIOR STAR – 2024 (pdf)


JUNIOR STAR grants are evaluated exclusively by international scientists who guarantee the expertise and objectivity of the evaluation. Each project receives four reviews from members of the international discipline committees and additional ones from external reviewers, on the basis of which the evaluation panels propose the best projects for funding.

The publication of the results of the Standard Projects and POSTDOC INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIP tenders will take place on 30 November 2023.