The aim of the programme is to support projects of applied research and experimental development, the results of which have a high potential for application in many areas of Czech society. The thematic focus of the programme is in line with the priorities set by the National Policy of Research, Development and Innovation of the Czech Republic for 2009 - 2015. The knowledge gained will help to define the factors and processes that determine and affect the functioning and development of Czech society in the context of the ongoing European integration and world globalization.
The main objective of the programme is to strengthen research activities in the area of applied social sciences and apply the results of these activities to increase the competitiveness of the Czech Republic, enhance the quality of life of its inhabitants and balance socio-economic development.
This programme will hope to implement projects focused on applied research and also support projects of experimental development (e.g. development of specialized software for modelling and simulation of economic and demographic trends, the impact of regulation and deregulation in various sectors, etc.).
Projects in the OMEGA programme may be submitted by research organizations and enterprises but only by legal entities that meet the definition of an applicant pursuant to Act No. 130/2002 Coll. and the Community Framework for State Aid for Research, Development and Innovation (2006/C 323/01).
The duration of the programme is expected to be 6 years, between 2012 and 2017. The public tenders in research, experimental development and innovation (hereinafter referred to as the "public tender") will be announced in three consecutive tenders. The first tenders were launched in 2011 with support being provided in 2012. The minimum length of the research projects in this programme is 12 months. The maximum length of the research projects in this programme is 24 months. The length of the projects from the individual calls will not overlap.
The total amount of support for the whole duration of the OMEGA programme between 2012 and 2017 will be 309 million CZK, which is made up of public expenditure from the budget chapter of TACR. The recipients on the call for tenders will be allocated over 51.5 million CZK, if the rules for the provision of these public funds do not state otherwise.
The selected projects in this programme must be consistent with the objectives of the programme and must conclude with at least one of the supported results pursuant to the valid methodology for the evaluation of the results of research organizations and evaluation of the results of completed programmes. These results must be actually applied in practice:
• N - certified methodologies and practices, including specialized maps with expert content;
• R - software;
• Hleg - results promulgated into legislation and standards;
• Hneleg - results promulgated into directives and regulations of a non-legislative nature which are binding within the competence of the relevant governmental body;
• V - research reports
• OMEGA Programme to support applied social-science research and experimental development
• List of members of the Programme Council
• List of members of the Expert Evaluation Committee
• Statute and Rules of Procedure of the Programme Council
• Statute and Rules of Procedure of the Expert Evaluation Committee