High ambitions for new European Centre of Excellence

The southern Czech city of Brno is to host a European Centre of Excellence focused on quality of life and human health. It will support state-of-the-art research, while providing advanced postgraduate and postdoctoral education.

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To be known as CEITEC, or Central European Institute of Technology, this major new facility will serve as a European centre of excellence in the field of life sciences and advanced materials and technologies. It is jointly implemented by the leading Brno universities and research institutions, and supported by the South Moravian Region and the City of Brno.

Synergy and cooperation

CEITEC's research groups are guided by a commitment to a Common Evaluation of Scientific Excellence, which promotes targeted cooperation and synergy. Work at the centre will concentrate on seven research programmes: advanced nanotechnologies and microtechnologies; advanced materials; structural biology; genomics and proteomics of plant systems; molecular medicine; brain and mind research; and molecular veterinary medicine.

The project beneficiary is Masaryk University, home to more than 34 500 students. Its five partners in this project are: Brno University of Technology, Mendel University in Brno, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Veterinary Research Institute, and the Institute of Physics of Materials of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic.

Sophisticated research infrastructure

The research centre will be used for synergistic study of living and inactive objects, ranging from single atoms to complete organisms. One goal is to make common use of this infrastructure together with specialised research, resulting in intensive multidisciplinary cooperation and fostering top educational facilities.

Research infrastructure constructed will have a total area of almost 25 000 m2. It includes two large pavilion units at Masaryk University, hosting office and laboratory sectors. Additional physical facilities will be built at Brno University of Technology. Research equipment to be purchased includes core facilities (laboratories shared by several of the project's research programmes), complementary laboratories and ICT.

The centre will be chiefly based on the premises of the project's six partner institutions in Brno. Most of the research equipment will be on the University Campus Bohunice (Masaryk University) and the Campus of Brno University of Technology.

The CEITEC partners have ambitious goals for 2015. Besides the reconstructed and newly constructed premises, they hope to have completed 560 research projects using the new infrastructure and to have set up 15 collaborative projects to be turned into applications. Close to 1 300 students of master and doctor study programmes should be using the new infrastructure and the project will provide full-time equivalent employment for 460 R&D staff.

Total and EU funding

The project "CEITEC – Central European Institute of Technology" has a total eligible budget of EUR 223 044 200, with the EU's European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 189 587 600 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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