The Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) is an independent institute at Masaryk University. It was created within the framework of the CEITEC project by leading Brno universities and two research institutes – likewise based in Brno – who joined forces in order to establish a centre of scientific excellence. CEITEC is currently headed by Prof. RNDr. Jaroslav Koča, DrSc., scientific director of the Life Sciences at CEITEC.
The Central European Institute of Technology of Masaryk University constitutes the key element of a world-class research infrastructure scheduled to be built at the University Campus Bohunice by the end of 2013, providing state-of-the-art equipment and ideal conditions for both primary and applied research, especially in the area of life sciences.
CEITEC priorities include providing an international dimension in research cooperation as well as ensuring its interdisciplinary character. Core facilities will become an interconnecting element among various research disciplines, in effect creating a perfect base for addressing interdisciplinary questions in the following fields: nanotechnology, microtechnology, structural biology, genomics and proteomics, advanced materials and biomedicine.The Central European Institute of Technology of Masaryk University currently comprises over 200 scientists associated in 5 research centres and 32 research groups:
- Centre for Structural Biology– Prof. RNDr. Vladimír Sklenář, DrSc.is the head of the centre and coordinator of the Structural Biology research programme
- Mendel Centre for Plant Genomics and Proteomics– Prof. RNDr. Jiří Fajkus, CSc.is the head of the centre and coordinator of the Genomics and Proteomics of Plant Systems research programme
- Centre for Molecular Medicine– Assoc. Prof. RNDr. Šárka Pospíšilová, Ph.D. is the head of the centre and coordinator of the Molecular Medicine research programme
- Centre for Neuroscience – Prof. MUDr. Milan Brázdil, Ph.D.is the head of the centre and coordinator of the Brain and Mind Research programme
- Centre for Nanotechnologies and Microtechnologies– Prof. RNDr. Josef Humlíček, CSc. is the head of the centre
Further information about the institute is to be found at http://www.ceitec.muni.cz/
The CEITEC Project
The establishment of the CEITEC Centre of Excellence, interconnecting research fields in the life sciences and material sciences, is guaranteed by a project jointly implemented by the following partner institutions:
- Masaryk University
- Brno University of Technology
- University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Institute of Physics of Materials of the Academy of Sciences CR
- Veterinary Research Institute
New modern laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technologies will be situated in two primary locations: life sciences laboratories will be constructed at the Masaryk University campus in Brno Bohunice while the material sciences laboratories will be located at the Brno University of Technology campus at Pod Palackého vrchem.
Funding for the CEITEC project is provided by the EU Cohesion Policy – ERDF Structural Fund – through the Research & Development for Innovation Operational Programme (OP RDI); the Operational Programme is administered by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.
Masaryk University is the beneficiary of financial resources from the OP RDI and is thus responsible for the preparation and management of the entire CEITEC project. In order to fulfil the task, Masaryk University has established a central management structure framework which covers project administration including communication with the managing authority, i.e. the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, project management and coordination in collaboration with project partners and public relations and marketing activities.
Further information about the CEITEC project is to be found at http://www.ceitec.eu.