CEITEC is a centre of scientific excellence in the fields of life sciences and advanced materials and technologies whose aim is to establish itself as a prestigious European centre of science with a state-of-the-art infrastructure and conditions in place to employ the best researches. The results will contribute to the improvement of the quality of life and human health.
CEITEC was approved by the European Commission on 6th June 2011. It is a consortium whose partners include the most prominent universities and research institutes in Brno, and it benefits from the support of the Region of South-Moravia and the City of Brno. The following participate in the setting up of the centre of excellence: Masaryk University, Brno University of Technology, Mendel University in Brno, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brno, Veterinary Research Institute and Institute of Physics of Materials of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
Multi-field CEITEC is in fact the first type of a scientific centre in the Czech Republic to integrate research and development in the fields of life sciences, advanced materials and technologies in such a large range. The research is divided into 63 groups and7 programmes: 1. Advanced Nanotechnologies and Microtechnologies, 2. Advanced Materials, 3. Structural Biology, 4. Genomics and Proteomics of Plant Systems, 5. Molecular Medicine, 6. Brain and Mind Research, 7. Molecular Veterinary Medicine.
New modern laboratories of an area of 25,000 m2 will grow in the University Campus of Masaryk University in Brno - Bohunice and in the Brno University of Technology Campus “Pod Palackého vrchem”. Almost 700 special instruments and unique facilities will be selected and acquired based on the specific needs of scientific teams. The high-tech technologies at its disposal will facilitate synergistic study in the subjects of life and material sciences on all currently available levels of complexity, starting with individual atoms, through molecules, molecule groups and cells to whole organisms. Ten Core Facilities will allow specialized research, higher expertise, higher-quality facilities for advanced education and mainly close cooperation, also multidisciplinary. Thanks to the combination of the knowledge and resources of the six participating institutions it is possible to reach high quality results faster and with a higher involvement of the application sphere.
Investment into the future for the whole region
CEITEC will help the existing basic and applied research in the whole of the Czech Republic to achieve top levels. It will bring new jobs in perspective fields and a creation of research laboratories for nearly 600 scientists and over 1200 students. The state-of-the-art instruments and facilities will be also utilized by scientists and companies from the whole of the Czech Republic and abroad. CEITEC is an investment for the future.
The system of management and internal setting of CEITEC has been inspired and set according to most significant scientific institutions, top management is covered by foreign experts in science; the internal language is English. Existing research teams and key managerial positions are being gradually filled with top experts with international experience and there is an aim for the return of successful Czech scientists. It is based on a regular evaluation of the quality of scientific results carried out by an independent team of top world experts in the given fields. An independent evaluation according to strict international standards is ensured by the Coordination Board and the International Scientific Advisory Board, whose members are significant people in foreign and Czech science.
The total budget: €208 mil.
Source of funding: The European Regional Development Fund to be financed through the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovations, priority axis 1 – European Centres of Excellence, which is managed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.