On 19th October 2016, TA CR actively parcitipated in the Fraunhofer Institute Day and strenghtened relations with this key institution for German applied research. It was very well received that TA CR operatively prepares a first call for joint projects of applied research with Germany with a focus on Industry 4.0. This is a concrete step for broadening of mutual cooperation. Further more, a closed collaboration with the Fraunhofer institutes on the preparation of the National Competence Centres Programme was discussed for which the system of funding of the Fraunhofer institutes is a big inspiration for the Czech Republic. Similarly, a closer coordination with the Fraunhofer institutes and with other German institutions in the participation in the key European R&D support programme Horizon 2020 was proposed. A director of one the Fraunhofer institutes, Prof. Wehrspohn, was also one of the main guests of yesterday's TA CR Day which carried the title of Smart Life.
Representatives of the Slovak Agency SIEA, Polish Agencies NCBR and PARP and Hungarian Agency NRDI have accepted the invitation of Petr Očko, Chairman of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, to a meeting. After a short visit of Brno International Engineering Fair and Export House where the TA CR and EGAP project Support of Export of Research and Development was presented, a highly interesting exchange of information followed with an intention to strengthen the cooperation, including the preparation of TA CR Chairmanship to TAFTIE.
The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic announces the results of the assessment of fulfillment of conditions by project proposals that had been submitted within the 3rd call for proposals in research, development and innovation of the DELTA programme. The call for proposals was launched on 27th April 2016.
CzechInvest in cooperation with TA CR has prepared a new version of Brochure Research and Development in the Czech Republic, which shows that The Czech Republic has a rich scientific tradition as well as extremely high-quality human resources and welldeveloped infrastructure.
On 17th June 2016 the US National Science Foundation (NSF) launched a new call for proposals under the PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) programme. Unlike in the last call, the Czech Republic is now also a partner country in this call as in January 2016 the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS) indicated a formal interest in collaboration with NSF.