The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic is an organizational unit of the state that was founded in 2009 by the Act No. 130/2002 Coll. on the support of research, experimental development and innovation. The creation of TA CR is one of the cornerstones of the fundamental reforms in research and development (R&D) in the Czech Republic. The key features of the reform is the redistribution of financial support from the national budget. The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic simplifies the state support of applied research and experimental development which has been fragmented and implemented by many bodies before the reform.
The ALFA program aims to support applied research and experimental development especially in the field of advanced technologies, materials and systems, energy resources and the protection and creation of the environment and the sustainable development of transport. The acquired knowledge, applied in the form of innovation, will strengthen the performance of businesses and increase the competitiveness of the economy and society of the Czech Republic, thereby increasing the quality of life and overall quality of the environment.
The aim of the programme is to support projects of applied research and experimental development, the results of which have a high potential for application in many areas of Czech society. The thematic focus of the programme is in line with the priorities set by the National Policy of Research, Development and Innovation of the Czech Republic for 2009 - 2015. The knowledge gained will help to define the factors and processes that determine and affect the functioning and development of Czech society in the context of the ongoing European integration and world globalization.