Representatives of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) attended a study visit to Iceland to get to know the activities of the Icelandic Center of Research Agency (RANNÍS) and the Innovation Center Island Agency (Innovation Center) in Reykjavik. At the meeting, the new KAPPA Programme was introduced as well as the possibilities of cooperation at the international level.
The aim of these meetings was to become more familiar with the activities of the agencies, the processes of programmes implementation and sharing good experiences. Another important aim was financing opportunities at the international level particularly in the KAPPA Programme financed from the EEA and Norway Grants. One of the topics of discussion were the foreign partners´search options.
The study visit was followed by a visit to two Research Centers which are successful in solving many research projects. Due to the small community, Iceland has a very strong social cohesion and there is a very close relationship between organisations not only in the field of support of applied research and innovation. Iceland and all of the visited workplaces are on the top level and the gained valuable experience was a great benefit for TA CR.
A great interest was expressed in projects with Czech participants several times. In particular, power engineers, geneticists, IT specialists, as well as biologists, geologists, sociologists and others.
Foto: Chairman of the TA CR Petr Konvalinka and General Director of the RANNÍS Hallgrímur Jónasson.
This week, the first Programme Committee meeting of the KAPPA Programme financed by EEA and Norway Grants took the place. Moving the call announcement originally planned in April 2019 was one of the most important outputs of the opening meeting. The reason for this change is to align the call with the Financial Mechanism Office in Brussels, with the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic, with the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and also with other calls of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR). The call announcement is scheduled for autumn this year.
Acquaint all actors among themselves, with the issues of the EEA and Norway Grants and with the KAPPA Programme were the main contents of the introductory meeting. The Programme Committee consists of five representatives from the Czech Republic and Norway. Their crucial role is in the preparation and evaluation of the Programme in particular. The Programme Committee e.g. finalizes the call conditions, supports the setting up the evaluation process or the evaluation criteria. The main call conditions and the Programme schedule were discussed. Aside from it, the Statute and the Rules of Procedure of the Programme Committee were discussed and the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Programme Committee were elected. There was also an exchange of experience from the previous programming period.
Besides the members of the Programme Committee, the meeting was also attended by representatives of the TA CR and RCN, followed by representatives of the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic as the National Focal Point of the EEA and Norway Grants and a representative of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Prague.
KAPPA Programme Committee members (from the left):
Nils Anders Røkke, SINTEF, Trondheim
Naďa Koníčková, Technology centre CAS
Miroslav Janeček, TA CR co-founder, retired
Marit Westergaard, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
Ondřej Krejcar, University of Hradec Králové
The brand new KAPPA Programme focused on applied research and international cooperation is financed by EEA and Norway Grants. It concentrates on collaboration with partners from Czech republic, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Almost 33 million EUR will be distributed between 2020 and 2024.
Projects are expected to last three to four years and have a maximum budget 5 million EUR. The maximum aid intensity per project is 80% of the total eligible costs. About 40 projects are estimated to be eligible for support. The programme is not thematically limited, and project proposals are expected from different areas. A part of the funding (about 5,2 million EUR) will be allocated to the projects with focus on carbon capture and storage. The preferred cooperation model is the participation of an enterprise in cooperation with a research organisation
Find more information about the KAPPA Programme in this video or on a website kappa.tacr.cz/en.
Last week, a study visit in Norway was held by representatives of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR). They became acquainted with the work of the Research Council of Norway (RCN) in Oslo and presented a new KAPPA programme and possibilities for cooperation with the Czech Republic at the CLIMIT Summit.
photo: TA CR
The purpose of the meeting at RCN was to familiarize both agencies with a more detailed presentation of their activities and sharing good experiences. There has been a discussion on international cooperation and about the programmes implemented by both agencies. TA CR has mentioned the new Innovation strategy and the new role of the TA CR as the implementer of the resort programmes. There was also a discussion on the RCN strategy, namely the Open Science strategy. After the meeting, there was a study visit to research institutes which are successful in solving a number of research projects.
In Norway, close cooperation between the business sector, offices and research institutions is well established. There is also a high level of education, social trust and equality between women and men. Therefore, cooperation with Norwegian entities is a great opportunity for the Czech Republic to gain valuable experience and international contacts, which can then be used, for example, for further cooperation under the KAPPA programme financed by the EEA and Norway Funds or for the preparation of joint projects in other international programmes.
Meanwhile, the CLIMIT Summit conference was held in the surroundings of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. The conference brought more than 270 high-level speakers and experts from all over the world for exchanging ideas and building knowledge within the important climate mitigation tool: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The planned call within the KAPPA programme financed by EEA and Norway Grants was presented during the second day of the conference. A part of the budget allocation is dedicated just to CCS activities. You can find the presentation HERE.
The call preparation of the new KAPPA Programme financed by the EEA and Norway Grants is currently in progress at the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. The Programme is focused on international cooperation in the area of applied research with partners from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
The first call will be announced soon and will be preceded by a series of seminars for applicants. Emphasis will be put on the search of project partners. For more information please visit the kappa.tacr.cz website, which will be continuously updated.
The KAPPA Programme is implemented within the framework of the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms for the 2014-2021 period of the Research Programme. Take a look at the infographics that visually present KAPPA Programme.