Czech Republic

CZ: Czech Republic  TACR – Technology agency of the Czech Republic

TA CR is the key research funding organization (RFO) for the applied research, development and innovation in the Czech Republic. The Agency is a national public authority established by the Act on the Support of Research and Development (Act. No. 130/2002 coll.) in 2009. TA CR is the main applied research and development funding organization in the Czech Republic.
As RFO TA CR prepares, manages and administrates programmes of applied research, experimental development and innovation. Among TA CR partners and stakeholders relevant for the programmes preparation are the other ministries and their governmental departments, national public authorities, professional associations and chambers and many more. Among project beneficiaries are research organizations, university research departments and institutions as well as companies in the private sector. TA CR currently implements 11 programmes in which it has supported 2323 projects. Total costs of the projects have been 35,3 billion CZK (about 1.36 billion €) from which 23.5 billion CZK (907 M€) of public support. Two new programmes are under preparation.
The Agency has been trying to play an active role on international scene. It is part of TAFTIE - European Association of leading national innovation agencies and it is currently involved in 8 Horizon projects (2 CSA and 6 ERA-NET Cofunds). TAČR also plays an active part in 4 project proposals under preparation (including M-ERA.NET3).