Research

Our top universities are among the largest research institutions not only in the Czech Republic but all over the world. We cover a broad range of research in many fields of studies. The following information about research facilities presents the universities’ collaboration with national and international research institutes, and also with the private sector.

 

  • PRVOUK – Programmes for the development of courses in scientific subjects at Charles University (PRVOUK) provide institutional support for the development of science and for the long-term conceptual development of research.
  • UNCE – Charles University Centres of Excellence supports the work of promising young academic staff in top teams working on fundamental research.
  • CHARLES UNIVERSITY GRANT AGENCY (GAUK) – The University’s internal grant funding system includes the Charles University Grant Agency (GAUK). Applications to fund new projects or to extend the provision of funding for current projects can only be submitted by students matriculated at Charles University in a doctoral or Master’s degree programme.
  • BIOCEV is a joint project of Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences, the University’s chief partner in science and research. The goal of the project is to establish a joint centre of excellence in biotechnological and biomedical research.
  • The ELI-CZ Consortium brings together Charles University and other Czech universities and scientific institutes with an interest in the European ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) project. In the context of CU, the ELI-CZ Consortium includes new educational programmes (at bachelor’s, master’s and postgraduate level) that are closely linked with the scientific parameters of the ELI project.
  • The Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) was founded on July 1, 2013. Its mission is to become a leading CTU research institution active in students’ education and intechnology transfer.
  • The University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings engages in energy-efficient and environment-friendly building projects with a healthy interior climate. The Centre brings together the best professionals from four CTU faculties – Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, in a joint approach.
  • Josef Božek Research Centre of Engine and Automotive Engineering
  • Doppler Institute for Mathematical Physics and Applied Mathematics (DÚ)
  • Satellite Laser Ranging Station for ESA and NASA Satellites
  • Nanobiophotonics for medicine of the future
  • The VR-1 training reactor
  • The Golem Fusion Tokamak
  • Special Telecommunications Laboratory – a member of the Eurnex network
  • Center of Excellence for Bioanalytical Technologies
  • Van de Graaff accelerator
  • Radiation Imaging Laboratory
  • Centre for Composite Materials and Structures

Science Day at the Prague universities – Scientia Pragensis

The goal of the annual Science Day, which takes place in the autumn, is to inform the broader public and, primarily, secondary-school pupils, about science and about the scientific work done at the universities in Prague, including demonstrations of research work.

Charles University, the Czech Technical University, the Czech Agricultural University, the Institute of Chemical Technology and the University of Economics all participate in Science Day.

International cooperation in science and research

There are many leading research teams at our universities that are engaged in cooperation with centres abroad. Their results are published in international journals and monographs, and they win many prestigious awards.

Our universities do not only promote teaching and research. They also provide support for start-ups, and innovation centers form integral parts of the universities.

  • CU Centre for the Transfer of Knowledge and Technology
  • CTU Inovacentrum
  • The University of Economics, Prague (VŠE) has opened a new university business accelerator called xPORT. It is a new part of the university dedicated to fostering entrepreneurial activities among students and startups.
  • The Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer (CITT) at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague facililtates cooperation between the university and industry, taking advantage of the research and technology potential of the university for innovation and development in the industrial sphere, as well as commercializing the findings of CULS researchers for the benefit of the public and involved stakeholders .

 

What is a “start up”?

It is an autonomous component of the university that promotes the commercialization of products and services created in the faculties and other components of the universities. The Centre administers a database of intellectual property consisting of dozens of national and international patents and specimens, and collaborates with research-oriented multinational companies, progressive local companies and innovation-centric investors. The spectrum of its activities is supplemented by the creation and coordination of project applications with innovative interdisciplinary topics, and by preparing training modules.