This week, the first Programme Committee meeting of the KAPPA Programme financed by EEA and Norway Grants took the place. Moving the call announcement originally planned in April 2019 was one of the most important outputs of the opening meeting. The reason for this change is to align the call with the Financial Mechanism Office in Brussels, with the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic, with the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and also with other calls of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR). The call announcement is scheduled for autumn this year.
Acquaint all actors among themselves, with the issues of the EEA and Norway Grants and with the KAPPA Programme were the main contents of the introductory meeting. The Programme Committee consists of five representatives from the Czech Republic and Norway. Their crucial role is in the preparation and evaluation of the Programme in particular. The Programme Committee e.g. finalizes the call conditions, supports the setting up the evaluation process or the evaluation criteria. The main call conditions and the Programme schedule were discussed. Aside from it, the Statute and the Rules of Procedure of the Programme Committee were discussed and the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Programme Committee were elected. There was also an exchange of experience from the previous programming period.
Besides the members of the Programme Committee, the meeting was also attended by representatives of the TA CR and RCN, followed by representatives of the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic as the National Focal Point of the EEA and Norway Grants and a representative of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Prague.
KAPPA Programme Committee members (from the left):
Nils Anders Røkke, SINTEF, Trondheim
Naďa Koníčková, Technology centre CAS
Miroslav Janeček, TA CR co-founder, retired
Marit Westergaard, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
Ondřej Krejcar, University of Hradec Králové