One of the GACR´s long-term priorities is developing and strengthening of international cooperation. GACR cooperates globally within the Global Research Council (GRC) and at the European level especially within the Science Europe (SE). Based on the bilateral agreement GACR closely cooperates with Germany, Austria, Taiwan, South Korea, Russia and the state of São Paulo in Brazil.

Bilateral cooperation

Based on the bilateral agreement signed with partner agencies, GACR promotes the establishment of international scientific teams cooperating in basic research. GACR closely cooperates on bilateral level with the following partner agencies:

• Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany
• Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan
• National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), South Korea
• Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), Russia
• São Paulo Research Foudation (FAPESP), São Paulo

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Evaluation based on the Lead Agency principle (LA projects)

On 27 May 2013, GACR signed, on the occasion of GRC Summit in Berlin, the Memorandum of Understanding of Scientific Cooperation in basic research with the Austrian organisation Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF). This Czech-Austrian bilateral cooperation constitutes an entirely new group of grant projects where the evaluation process is based on a Lead Agency (LA) principle. This cooperation provides an opportunity for the Czech scientists and scientific teams to submit project proposals in basic research in cooperation with Austrian colleagues.
GACR closely cooperates bilaterally on the LA principle with:

• Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), Austria

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European Research Council (ERC)

The European Research Council´s (ERC) mission is to encourage the highest quality research across all scientific fields. The main ERC criterion is scientific excellence. ERC promotes investigator-driven research – the so called bottom-up frontier research (https://erc.europa.eu/about-erc/mission). On national level, ERC also encourages the development and support of research potential across all member countries of European Union.

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Science Europe (SE)

Science Europe (SE) was established in 2011 and is based in Brussels. GACR representatives attend regular meeting of the governing and executive bodies of SE. Science Europe´s main mission is the strategy coordination of European research-supporting organisations to increase the competitiveness of European science and research at a global level. One of the GACR’s main interests within the SE is Open Access, cross border cooperation and research data management.