Last month Czech Minister of the Environment, Richard Brabec, presented to the government new program called ‘Environment for Life’ that will provide 3.8 billion crowns for a research and innovations in 2020-2026. ‘Main priority of the program ‘Environment for Life’ is drought and other consequences of the climate change, so there’s where a half of the resources will lead…’ explains Brabec. However projects can target also other areas, such as quality of an atmosphere, waste management or biodiversity. Program is divided into three subprograms: first one for short-term projects used by public administration to fulfil its policies (applied research in public interest that can’t be used commercially); second one for mid-term projects focused on tech innovations used for protection of the environment, including digitalization, smart cities and smart regions; third one is for long-term projects that require stable, mostly international research teams. Financing will be accessible mainly for research organizations (universities, the Czech Academy of Science and other public research institutions), but also for companies and in some subprograms other natural or legal persons, too. First candidates can apply for funding in July and November of this year.
Prepared by the team of foreign office CT San Francisco