Information and consultation activities
- Monitoring of latest happenings in education, science, research, and innovation policy at EU-level
- Providing information about the latest happenings as well as expert consultations to the Czech stakeholder
- Regular updates via newsletter and social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
Developing contacts/networking and partnerships in Brussels
- Collaboration with other liaison offices, EU institutions, Permanent Representations of the Czech Republic to the European Union, Czech Centre Brussels, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Brussels, Czech Business Representation to the EU in Brussels (CEBRE), Regional representation office in Brussels and with other stakeholders in the field of European research and education established in Brussels (e.g. representation offices of universities, research institutions and umbrella organisations)
- Active participation in international educational and research organisations and associations (e.g. IGLO, ACA, EUN)
Promotion of Czech education and research
- Organising events on demand of Czech stakeholders for their promotion in Brussels
- Providing promotion stands at relevant events and dissemination of information material
- Presenting success of Czech research in CZELO Bulletin
- Popularising Czech research in Brussels at Science Café events
- Presenting Czech success in international education, disseminating the results of the Czech participation European educational programmes
- Developing marketing activities in connection with the national initiative Study in the Czech Republic
Supporting international activities of Czech stakeholders in Brussels
- Helping with a partner search, supporting membership in international networks and consortia, organising project meetings, brokerage events and consortia building/match-matching events
- Providing logistic support and assistance to Czech public and private stakeholders needed for the implementation of their international activities in Brussels, a possibility to use the CZELO office for meetings, seminars and training
- Representing Czech stakeholders at meetings in Brussels
Capacity building for project managers of research and educational institutions in the Czech Republic
- Short-term practical training in Brussels with an aim to get learn more about the European Research and Educational Area in general, as well as the services provided by CZELO, and to develop closer personal partnerships for subsequent collaborations
- International training organised in Brussels (e.g. CZELO Academy in a field of internationalisation in education, training of project managers with a focus on European research policy etc.)
The Bologna Process is a mechanism promoting greater coherence between higher education systems in Europe. It was launched in 1999 with the Bologna Declaration, which was signed by 29 countries including the Czech Republic.
Nowadays, intergovernmental cooperation in higher education is supported by 48 European countries. The purpose of the Bologna Process is to strengthen the open educational space, and especially to foster the foreign mobility of students and academics, but also to increase the attractiveness and competitiveness of European higher education on a global scale.
European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has been established by the Bologna Process to further contribute to the internationalization and harmonization of European higher education systems.
The EHEA member states have agreed on introducing a three-level system of higher education (bachelor's, master's and doctoral studies) as well as on the mutual recognition of qualifications and learning outcomes among foreign universities.
European Education Area (EEA)
The vision of the European Area of Education (EEA) was presented by the European Commission for the first time at the Social Summit in Gothenburg in2017. Such area should foster free mobility of all students and thus facilitate their access to quality education and training programmes anywhere in Europe. In September 2020, a new Communication was published on how to achieve the European Education Area by 2025.
The Commission is developing initiatives to help work towards a European Education Area:
- European Universities
- Automatic Mutual Recognition of Diplomas and learning periods abroad
- European Student Card
The vision contained within this policy is that, across the EU:
- spending time abroad to study and learn should become the norm,
- school and higher education qualifications should be recognised across the EU,
- knowing two languages in addition to one’s mother tongue should be standard,
- everyone should be able to access high-quality education, irrespective of their socio-economic background,
- people should have a strong sense of their identity as a European, and of Europe’s cultural heritage and its diversity.
More information can be found on the website of the European Commission.
European Universities are one of the flagship initiatives of the European Education Area. The aim of the initiative is to form a new international partnership that should lead to greater mobility of students and academics, development of excellent science and research and an overall increase of the competitiveness of European universities on a global scale.
European University alliances bring together 5 to 8 universities from different countries, yet with a common vision and long-term strategy. They share know-how and design joint curricula as well as research projects. Students and researchers can benefit from a unique opportunity to collaborate across languages, borders and disciplines.
More information can be found on the website of the European Commission.
European Student Card
The aim of the electronic European Student Card initiative is to simplify the administrative process related to foreign mobility. It enables students to go quickly and safely through all mandatory procedures before, during and after their stay abroad. In addition to that, they should be able to register for online courses, gain access to the foreign institution services and study materials, etc.
Institutions will benefit from a simple and secure exchange of student data as well as from reduction of administrative burdens associated with student mobility.
Thanks to the Erasmus + Mobile App, which was launched in January 2021, it is possible to carry out all administration in one place. Institutions participating in the new Erasmus + programme will be required to use the Erasmus Without Paper network to exchange student mobility data.
Erasmus+ is a successful programme of the European Union supporting internationalization in education, training, youth and sport.
Participation in international education programmes
Czech organizations and institutions in all areas of education can participate in European international education programmes.
More information can be found in the Programmes and networks section.
- European Commission – Education
- Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture
- Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
- Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion
- Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology
- Calls for proposals and tenders
- Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports – International Affairs
Research and Innovation
Horizon Europe is the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Commission running from 2021 –2027. With a budget allocation of € 100 billion, it will be the most important tool to support research and innovation in Europe and worldwide. The EU Framework Programmes have traditionally been the most important instruments the EU utilizes to implement its research and innovation priorities. The implementation of the Horizon Europe Framework Program will be based on the EU's political priorities for 2019–2024, which place a key emphasis on A European Green Deal, A Europe fit for the digital age and An economy that works for people. In addition, the preparation of the two-year Work Programmes of the EU Framework Programme is built upon the Recovery Plan for Europe and the Commission's Communication on the renewed European Research Area (ERA).
Horizon Europe will be structured in three pillars, supported by activities aimed at widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area.
Horizon Europe structure
Pillar I – Excellent Science aims at reinforcing the EU scientific leadership through the European Research Council (ERC), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and measures aimed at the further development and use of European research infrastructures.
Pillar 2 - Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness focuses on addressing societal challenges, supporting industrial technologies and accelerating the industrial transformation to contribute to the achievement of European and global political priorities. The second pillar is divided into six thematic clusters, which will also be linked to the newly defined European partnerships and one of Horizon Europe´s novelties – missions.
Pillar 3 – Innovative Europe aims to stimulate, through the instrument of the European Innovation Council, the emergence and deployment of breakthrough and market-creating innovations.
Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area should boost the involvement of excellent research teams from all EU Member States in the European Research Area, especially from countries with lower research and innovation performance, and help to further develop European research and innovation cooperation.
Who is the programme for?
The main target group of the programme are individual researchers or research teams working at universities, research institutions or companies. The programme is also advantageous for companies, which can utilize the opportunity to finance their research and innovation activities. Public institutions, non-governmental and non-profit organizations, civic associations, or associations associating interest groups, and other entities implementing research and innovation activities, may also participate.
More information can be found on the Horizon Europe national website, operated by the Technology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, as the National Contact Point (NCP) of the Czech Republic for the Framework Program, which provides all the information needed to participate in the Framework Programme, including work programmes and corresponding calls for project proposals, conditions for participation and, finally, the contact details of NCP staff for the individual priorities of the EU Framework Program. The Technology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences provides complete information, advisory and consulting service within the capacity of the NCP CR for the framework programme. Among other things, in order to facilitate the basic orientation in Horizon Europe, the NCP also prepared a brief brochure Introduction to Horizon Europe (only available in Czech).
European Research Area
The European Research Area (ERA) is composed of all research and development activities, programmes and policies which involve a transnational perspective. Together they enable researchers, research institutions and businesses to travel, compete and collaborate across borders.
The aim is to provide an access to Europe-wide open space for knowledge and technology, where transnational synergies and complementarities are fully exploited. ERA is composed of activities, programmes and policies that are designed and implemented at all levels: regional, national and European.
On 30 September 2020, the European Commission adopted a Communication on a new European Research Area for Research and Innovation, which sets out strategic objectives and actions to be implemented in close cooperation with the Member States, in order to prioritise investments and reforms in research and innovation, improve access to excellence for researchers across the EU and enable research results to reach the market and the real economy. Additionally, the Communication further promotes researchers' mobility, skills and career development opportunities within the EU, gender equality, as well as better access to publicly funded peer-reviewed science.
The Communication defines four strategic objectives:
- Prioritise investments and reforms in research and innovation towards the green and digital transition, to support Europe's recovery and increase competitiveness;
- Improve access to excellent facilities and infrastructures for researchers across the EU;
- Transfer results to the economy to boost business investments and market uptake of research output, as well as foster EU competitiveness and leadership in the global technological setting;
- Strengthen mobility of researchers and free flow of knowledge and technology, through greater cooperation among Member States, to ensure that everyone benefits from research and its results.
More information can be found on the European Research Area webpage.
The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is an EU-funded, intergovernmental framework for European cooperation in the field of scientific and technological research. Since 1971 it has been enabling the coordination of projects funded from the national resources at the European level.
COST provides a platform for networking activities, meetings and information exchange among the researchers from program member countries and for coordination of joint research and development activities – so-called COST Actions, funded by national sources. COST has currently 38 Members and 1 Cooperating Member.
LIFE is the EU's flagship programme for nature, biodiversity protection and the fight against climate change. LIFE finances the eco-innovation projects that require the cooperation of science, industry and public administration, but it also supports environmental management and information campaigns aimed at changing attitudes and actions of target groups or protecting nature and biodiversity in the open countryside.
EUREKA is an intergovernmental network launched in 1985 to support market-oriented research, development and innovation activities across all the technological sectors. It is a decentralized network facilitating the coordination of national funding for innovation.
The main aim is to boost the productivity and competitiveness of European industries and to prevent the outflow of scientific, research and industrial innovation activities to other parts of the world. The programme, therefore, supports industry (large, small and medium-sized enterprises), research institutes and universities in the implementation of projects that lead development of new products, processes and services and their subsequent commercial use.
The European Atomic Energy Community research and training program (EURATOM) is established for the period 2021–2025 with the aim of pursuing nuclear research and training activities with an emphasis on the continuous improvement of nuclear safety, security and radiation protection, as well as to complement the achievement of Horizon Europe’s objectives.
The new programme will pursue the current programme's key research activities (nuclear safety, security, radioactive waste and spent fuel management, radiation protection and fusion energy), expand research into non-power applications of ionising radiation and make improvements in the areas of education, training and access to research infrastructures. Furthermore, it will support the mobility of researchers in the nuclear field in the framework of Horizon Europe's Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).
The new Euratom programme will complement Horizon Europe using the same instruments and rules for participation. It will be limited to 5 years, to be extended in 2025 by 2 years in order to be aligned with the MFF 2021–2027.
More information to be found on the EURATOM webpage.
The InvestEU Programme builds on the successful model of the Investment Plan for Europe, the Juncker Plan. It will bring together the European Fund for Strategic Investments and 13 other EU financial instruments (e.g. COSME). The programme aims to mobilise more than €372 billion of additional investments (InvestEU Fund) for the 2021–2027 period and therefore make a decisive contribution to supporting sustainable investment, innovations and to creating new jobs in Europe.
The InvestEU Portal is a single EU-wide platform, providing an easily accessible and user-friendly database of investment opportunities available within the EU. The Portal builds on the existing European Investment Project Portal (EIPP). The InvestEU Portal brings together investors and project promoters. More information can be found on the InvestEU webpage.
The InvestEU Advisory Hub offers advisory support and technical assistance for the identification, preparation, development and implementation of investment projects, it provides in particular support for capacity-building.
Programme Digital Europe
Programme Digital Europe (2021–2027) shall complement existing EU programmes, such as Horizon Europe and Connecting Europe Facility. The aim of the programme is the digital transformation of European society and economy, enhancing European competitiveness and achieving digital independence of Europe in the digital economy.
Digital Europe supports investments in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, supercomputing tools and highly developed digital skills. The programme strives to provide Europe’s citizens with competitive jobs, better health and wide use of digital technologies in the society and economy, which could guarantee high-quality public services. One of the tools to achieve this would be the use of new digital technologies and strategic digital capacity building of the EU.
The programme is managed in the Czech Republic by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
More information can be found on the Digital Europe website.
Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)
The Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) supports research and innovation projects in the areas of coal and steel. Grants from the fund are provided for research, pilot and demonstration projects outside the EU framework programmes.
The main objective of the programme is defined as supporting the competitiveness of sectors related to the coal and steel industries. RFCS priorities in the coal sector are to improve the EU's competitive position, health and safety in mines and to improve the use of coal as a clean energy source. Research activities in the coal sector will focus on regions in transition in line with the principles of the Fair Transition Mechanism.
In the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Industry and Trade oversees the Research Fund for Coal and Steel.
More information can be found on the RFCS webpage.
- Czech national portal on Horizon Europe – news – horizontevropa.cz.
- The Czech ERA portal
- The European Commissions portal on Horizon Europe (in English)
- Single entry point Funding & tender opportunities with an overview of current calls and results
- Directorate General Research and Innovation (DG RTD)
- Research Executive Agency (REA)
- European Research Council (ERC)
- NKC Gender & science
- MEYS – Research and Development
- Large Research Infrastructures
Czech Liason Office for Education and Research (CZELO)
Rue Montoyer 23
CZELO office is located in the centre of the European Quarter, close to the EU institutions
- European Parliament – 10 minutes (700 m)
- European Commission (Berlaymont building) – 15 minutes (1,1 km)
- Council of the EU (Justus Lipsius building) – 15 minutes (1,1 km)
- DG EAC, EACEA – 10 minutes (700 m)
- DG RTD – 5 minutes (350 m)
- Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU – 10 minutes (700 m)
How to get there?
- By metro – Trône metro station, lines 2 and 6 (2 minutes, 200 m)
- By bus – Science bus stop, lines 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95 (2 minutes, 200 m)
- By train – Bruxelles Luxembourg train station (6 minutes, 500 m)
- By bike – Villo! station n. 044 – Charlemagne/Karel de Grote (2 minutes, 150 m)
Airport – Brussels City
Upon arrival at the Zaventem Airport, you can continue to the city centre by train, bus or taxi. Train is the fastest option, the journey from the Zaventem to the Brussels Luxembourg Station will take you about 20 minutes. Our office is located just 500 metres from the train station. If you choose a bus, take line n. 12 and after approximately 40 minutes get off at the Trône bus stop. The stop is less than 300 metres away from the office. If you decide for a taxi, we recommend you use the official services such as Taxis verts or Taxis bleus.