Partner 44: (CZ: Czech Republic) TACR - Technology Agency of the Czech Republic
TA CR is the key research funding organisation (RFO) for the applied research, development and innovation in the Czech Republic. The Agency is a national public authority established by the Act on the Support of Research and Development (Act. No. 130/2002 coll.) in 2009. TA CR is the main applied research and development funding organization in the Czech Republic.
As RFO TA CR prepares, manages and administrates programmes of applied research, experimental development and innovation. Among TA CR partners and stakeholders relevant for the programmes preparation are the other ministries and their governmental departments, national public authorities, professional associations and chambers and many more. Among project beneficiaries are research organizations, university research departments and institutions as well as companies in the private sector. TA CR currently implements 8 programmes in which it has supported 2033 projects. Total costs of the projects have been 31,2 bil. CZK (app.1,16 bil.€) from which 20,3 bil. CZK (752 mil. €) of public support). Two new programmes have been approved by the government and first public tenders will take place in 2017.
The Agency has been trying to play an active role on international scene. It is part of TAFTIE - European Association of leading national innovation agencies which TA CR chairs in 2017. It has also been involved in 3 Horizon projects (2 CSA and 1 COFUND) approved for financing and one COFUND project under evaluation.