“Good science is a matter of both the mind and the heart. Masaryk University has and will continue to have many good scientists. We provide cutting-edge facilities and all that we ask is that they care for those minds and hearts, i.e. their intellectual growth and motivation, in a responsible manner. This is the motto with which I accepted the position of vice-rector for research and one which also presents a constant source of new challenges.Petr Dvořák
I believe it would be ill-advised to consider ours a state-of-the-art European research and educational institution were it not for the opinions of others who say so as well. In my opinion it is therefore essential that our scientific results be comparable with the world elite and that the social impact of these results be as pronounced as possible.
Although it is increasingly difficult to do good science and achieve world-class results, I believe that Masaryk University is equal to the task and on the right track to success.”
Vice-Rector for Research
We focus on areas we excel in
Masaryk University's cutting-edge equipment and state-of-the-art laboratories at the Department of Archaeology and Museology Interdisciplinary centre are frequented by both Czech and international archaeologists. The department's crucial importance for history and culture studies is evidenced by the fact that MU is also the seat of the oldest UNESCO Chair on Museology and World Heritage in the world.
Cybersecurity research conducted at the Institute of Computer Science focuses on critical issues addressed by both the Sustainable Development Strategy of the Czech Republic and the European Secure Societies challenge. And thanks in part to the MU Faculty of Law, Czech Republic is a world leader in cybersecurity legislation.
The four-volume monograph Vegetation of the Czech Republic is just one of the results achieved by the Department of Botany and Zoology. We also issue expert opinions utilized by the European Environment Agency to improve the European habitat classification system.
We get achievements. Read about them!
Our scientists have achieved success at national and international levels. In addition to issuing a wide range of significant scientific publications, we regularly organize seminars and lectures on science and research conducted at MU.
We share our technologies and facilities
Access to central laboratories equipped with unique instruments is provided to other university units as well as other academic workplaces and even private companies.
We participate in key infrastructures
MU Research infrastructures are an important pillar of research and innovation systems.
Their significance is emphasized by our participation in 15 projects listed in the Czech National Roadmap for Large RDI Infrastructures.
Nine of these projects are also part of research infrastructures of pan-European interest included in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) for 2016.
We monitor the ethical and social implications of our research results
- We define scientific publishing standards
- We promote open access to research results
- We conduct ethically unobjectionable research
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We provide our scientists with excellent working conditions
International grant projects
We have successfully obtained numerous international grants. The European Research Council (ERC) is tasked with awarding grants to top scientists from the 28 EU member states and associated countries; MU currently boasts three ECR grant holders.
Regional innovation support
The SoMoPro programme is co-funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and the South Moravian region. Of 62 projects supported by the region to date, 44 were awarded to scientists associated with MU.
MU Grant Agency
Masaryk University itself is a source of grant opportunities. In addition to helping scientists, the MU Grant Agency also supports student research projects, scientific conferences and scholarly journals.