Objectives of the proposed project

 

The project builds on the existing up-to-date research infrastructures developed in the Czech Republic during the 2010-2015 period with a support of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), the Operational Programme "Research and Development for Innovation" (OP RDI) and recognized in the Roadmap of Large Infrastructures for Research, Experimental Development and Innovation of the Czech Republic for the years 2016–2022. It also benefits from the keen interest of the project partners in developing further existing research bonds (documented by Memorandum of Understanding) into the lasting partnership, the long-term scientific vision and the joint research and innovation strategy.

 

Elements needed to transform existing Centre into such joint research infrastructure include (i) construction  of the biobanking capacity for high quality storage of samples, (ii) building a multi-function IT platform for effective management of human studies including management of recruitment, physical examination, sample collection and handling, and distribution of questionnaires, (iii) development of a data repository and search engines for standardized long-term storage and management of available and newly collected data including tools for data analysis, interpretation and presentation and meeting all requirements for data security, (iv) harmonizing protocols, lab-on-chip technologies, questionnaires, and standard operation procedures used in existing studies to allow for their joint assessment and interpretation of results, (v) establishment of the legal framework, ethical principles and responsible committees, together with executive and advisory bodies for implementation of the joint projects, (vi) creating the joint scientific vision consistent with identified European and national priorities and the joint research and innovation strategy broken into short- and medium-term research plans, (vii) development of the business plan and related policies (including policy on human resources or intellectual property rights policy), (viii) building personal capacities, (ix) implementation of the research agenda, and (x) strengthening the international and intersectoral partnerships.

 

This will result in establishment of the long-term links and interdisciplinary collaborations between the project partners, better management of human resources and improved research culture in the Centre, its stronger position in the ERA, more success in the grant competitions and publications in highly-visible scientific journals, as well as attractiveness of the Centre for collaboration with the private companies and industry (Letters of Intent from several private companies interested in exploitation of data generated in this project are attached as an annex to this proposal).