Research Office Newsletter 1/2020
4 Feb 2020, 13:49


Werner and Demo Gave Their Public Lectures

Both MUNI Award in Science and Humanities candidates gave their public lectures. Norbert Werner in astrophysics, Gabriel Demo in structural biology.

Norbert Werner talked about how to build up space-based high-energy astrophysics. He emphasized that Brno has ideal conditions for the development of this research including the application possibility and outreach. Werner is a leader of a research group at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary and a specially appointed associate professor in the School of Science at Hiroshima University in Japan. He is mainly interested in the hot atmospheres of galaxies and clusters of galaxies, black hole feedback, and in the use of nano-satellites in astrophysics.

Gabriel Demo followed with crosstalk between transcription and translation. He recently became a leader of a new research group at CEITEC MU after returning from the United States where he spent 5 years as a postdoctoral researcher. Demo’s main fields of research interest are bacterial infection, translation control, and RNA biology and he plans to establish an interdisciplinary research team that will focus on analysing the molecular details of the coupled transcriptional-translational apparatus in bacteria and virus-infected cells.

ISAB Final Report

After visiting Masaryk University, members of the International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) introduced their strategic recommendations for the upcoming period. In their final report, they focus primarily on the quality of doctoral studies, international rankings, MUNI brand presentation and university funding.


Kráľ Received an American Mathematical Society Award

A prestigious award of American Mathematical Society was awarded to the computer scientist Daniel Kráľ for his contribution to the development of extreme combinatorics and graph theory and for services to the profession. Kráľ received two ERC grants. He joined the Faculty of Informatics as professor in 2018 thanks to the MUNI Award. Prior to that, he was professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of Warwick, UK.

CETOCOEN Excellence Project Has Started

The RECETOX research center will study the factors influencing human health in the newly created unique living laboratory. The aim of CETOCOEN Excellence project is to create sufficient capacity to investigate the factors behind the growing incidence of chronic diseases and disorders.

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New Subject for PhD Students FRESHERS: Skills for Research Career Launched

The FRESHERS course replaces the PREFECT course, which was offered to Ph.D. students and junior researchers at Masaryk University from 2014 to 2019. 

FRESHERS is primarily intended for Ph.D. students who are interested in the topics that Ph.D. students and young scientists face at the beginning of their scientific careers. The course aims to offer a general overview of topics such as the possibilities of foreign exchanges within the framework of Ph.D. studies, preparation and funding of research projects, publication ethics, science and research results communication, intellectual property, etc.  Thus, the skills and abilities of young scientists useful for international projects and research structures should be gained and strengthened. 

These general lectures will be followed by expanding WORKSHOPS, where all these topics will be discussed in more depth and on a practical level. FRESHERS workshops will be realized through the project of the Internal Grant Agency of Masaryk University (IGA MU). Ph.D. students will be then able to apply for a student grant within this project. More information about the Workshops here.

FRESHERS Registration

Calls for Proposals

Open Calls

TA CR – TREND, subprogramme 2 – "Nováčci"

  • On December 4th, 2019, the 2nd public tender has been announced in the TREND programme. Programme aims at companies (without or with less experince with funding schemes) in cooperation with reserach organizations.
  • More detailed information including parameters of the competition can be found here.


  • Call open from 21th November 2019 to 27th February 2020. Programme is not focused on any specific field of research and aims at cooperation with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
  • More detailed information including parameters of the competition can be found here.

TA CR - 2nd public tender „Prostředí pro život“ – subprogramme 3

  • Call open from 28th November 2019 to 19th February 2020. The programme focuses at systematic and complex environmental solutions.
  • More detailed information including parameters of the competition can be found here.

TA CR - ERA-MIN 2 (Cofund Call*)

  • Call open from 28th November 2019 to 12th March 2020. The programme aims to support projects in the field of non-energy non-agricultural raw materials.
  • More detailed information including preliminary parameters of the competition can be found here.

TA CR – CHIST-ERA (Cofund Call*)

  • Call open from 2nd December 2019 to 14th February 2020. The programme aims to support Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) projects.
  • More detailed information including preliminary parameters of the competition can be found here.

GA CR – Swiss-Czech (Lead Agency Call)

  • Call open from 14th January 2020 to 1st April 2020. The Call aims to support joint projects in basic research.
  • More detailed information can be found here.

MEYS – Pre-clinical research to develop effective therapies for rare diseases

  • The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is set at 5 PM on February 2020 (this is a call under the ERA-Net for Research Programmes on Rare Diseases initiative).
  • Complete text of this call, further information on the website of MEYS.

MEYS – Prevention of unhealthy weight gain and obesity during crucial phases throughout the lifespan (PREPHOBES)

  • The deadline for the submission of pre-proposals is set for April 2020 by 5 PM (this is a call under the Joint Programming Initiative "Healthy Nutrition for a Healthy Life" (JPI HDHL).
  • Complete text of this call, further information on the website of MEYS.



Oncoming Calls

TA CR – national programmes and programmes funded by relevant Ministries

  • The time line with the planned calls in 2020 is available here.

TA CR - AquaticPollutants (Cofund Call*)

  • Call will be open from 17th February to 16th April 2020. The programme focuses on risks posed to human health and the environment by pollutants and pathogens present in the water resources.
  • More detailed information including preliminary parameters of the competition can be found here.

*list of participating countries can be found here 


Closed Calls

TA CR - programme Theta

The call of programme Theta was closed on the 19th December 2019. MU submitted 2 project proposals – first by FI and second by FSS. The call results will be announced in June 2020.  


Grants Received

TA CR – TREND, subprogramme 1 – Technological leaders

  • In December 2019, the call results has been announced. Two project proposals of MU has succeeded (total number of submitted proposals of MU was 6). More information about all successful projects is here.

GAMU - Category C

The information about the results can be found on the GAMU website.

Ministry of Culture / NAKI

Masaryk University submitted 7 project proposals, 3 were selected for support. Complete competition results are available on the provider's website.


Events and Training

Planned Events

Wed 26 Feb 2020

H2020 MSCA IF for Supervisors

The meeting will introduce the opportunities offered by Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual scholarships. This program allows financing of post-docs coming from abroad. In the framework of mobility to countries outside Europe, the program also funds one year of the mandatory phase of return to the EU. The deadline is September, but it is now appropriate to start looking for or identify potential candidates and encourage young researchers at MU to look for hosts and supervisors abroad. More information with registration can be found here.

Thu 27 Feb 2020

Workshop for Ph.D. Supervisors

The MU Research Office, in cooperation with Czexpats in Science, organizes a workshop for Ph.D. supervisors from MU which will take place at the MU Rectorate. Participants will discuss doctoral studies at MU, they will learn about newly prepared development activities for doctoral students and will get some inspiration from the best practice at foreign institutions. The discussion will be conducted in Czech (the organizers plan to repeat the workshop in English in the future).

Tue 10 Mar 2020

Funding Landscapes

Introduction of the research funding system, grant programmes and grant providers. More information with registration can be found here.

Wed 11 Mar 2020

How to Write a Competitive Proposal?

We prepare two follow-up seminars aimed at creating the grant strategy and preparing project proposals for international calls. On the first day, research funding schemes, grant programs and grant providers will be presented, including their relevance at different stages of their careers and complementarity for building a successful and well funded research team. On the second day, we will focus on the guiding principles for preparing a competitive proposal, with particular reference to the European consortium projects. More information with registration can be found here.

Wed 18 Mar 2020

Applied Research Funding Landscapes

The seminar will introduce various national programmes of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic and relevant ministries. You will find out which programmes meet your specific needs, where you need private sector partners, what co-financing is needed, whether there are scientific constraints, etc. We will also present opportunities to fund applied research in Horizon 2020. More information with registration can be found here.

Tipy na další události

Thu 13 Feb 2020

Funding in CULTURE - MEDIA - ICT

The "Creative Europe" office organizes in cooperation with the Technology Centre AS CR (Horizon 2020), the House of International Cooperation (Erasmus +), the Ministry of Industry and Trade and other organizations a seminar focused on opportunities for financing innovative cultural projects (not only) from the European Commission programmes. More information here.

Wed 19 – Thu 20 Feb 2020

Workshop and Discussion Forum for Project Managers Supporting ERC and MSCA Applicants

The Technology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences organizes a workshop and a discussion forum for project managers supporting applicants for grants from the European Research Council and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action. You can find more about the event here.

Wed 11 Mar 2020

National MSCA Information Day

This year's National Information Day on Marie Skłodowska-Curie events will take place on 11 March 2020 at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Národní 3, Prague 1). More details here.

Interesting Links and Information

Minister of Health Award for 2019

At the end of December 2019, the Minister of Health of the Czech Republic awarded the best projects under the Health Research Agency. Pavel Krejčí (Faculty of Medicine, MU) was among the winners. More detailed information is available here.

Information from TC CAS

  • How to: Horizon 2020 / Horizon Europe?here
    • MODULE 1: How to prepare a research project for H2020
    • MODULE 2: Budgeting and reporting in H2020 projects
    • MODULE 3: Intellectual property, contractual relations
    • MODULE 4: H2020 tools for companies
    • MODULE 5: Workshop for applicants for ERC Starting / Consolidator Grants (ERC StG and CoG)
    • MODULE 5: Workshop for applicants for individual grants Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA IF)
    • MODULE 6: Coordination of H2020 projects
    • MODULE 7: Communication, dissemination and exploitation of results in H2020 projects
  • Basics of accounting for project managershere
  • Financial aspects of Horizon 2020here
  • Other actions of financial and legal NCPhere



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