The Czech Science Foundation (GAČR) was established in 1993. It is an independent institution providing grants to fund basic research via projects ranging from 2 to 3 years in duration. The Czech Science Foundation provides funding for research projects which are selected annually on the basis of a public competition. It also finances projects implemented via bilateral and European international programmes. Every year the Foundation receives around 3000 applications for grant funding, of which around a quarter are successful. Charles University has been receiving GAČR funding since 1996; the University currently accounts for almost 20 per cent of all GAČR-funded projects.
These GA ČR projects are currently being solved at the Faculty of Education:
Project number: GBP402/12/G130
Project titler: The relationships between skills, schooling and labor market outcomes: A longitudinal study
Main investigator: prof. Jan Švejnar, Ph.D.
Co-investigator: PhDr.David Greger, Ph.D.
Project number: GA15-19158S
Project title: Formative assessment of students through educational objectives
Main Investigator: PhDr. Karel Starý, Ph.D.
Project number: GA15-25137S
Project title: Transnational trends in school curricula and their influence in a national educational system
Main Investigator: RNDr. Dominik Dvořák, Ph.D.
Project number: GA16-06134S
Project title: Context problems as a key to the application and understanding of mathematical concepts
Main Investigator: doc. RNDr. Naďa Vondrová, Ph.D.
Project number: GA16-17708S
Project title: Home Education - Facts, Analyses, Diagnostics
Main Investigator: Mgr. Yvona Kostelecká, Ph.D.
Project number: GA16-21302S
Project title: Burnout syndrom of teachers - institutional, relational and intrapsychic factors
Main Investigator: doc. PhDr. Stanislav Štech, CSc.
Project number: 17-02993S
Project title: Factors influencing the ICT skill self-assessments of upper-secondary school students
Main Investigator: PhDr. Hana Voňková, PhD.
Project number: 17-07101S
Project title: Preconceptions, construction and reconstruction of teaching assistants' professional identity
Main Investigator: doc. PhDr. Vanda Hájková, Ph.D.
Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TAČR) is a state body which was set up in 2009 to centralize state support for applied research and development. The Agency’s main role is to prepare and implement programmes for applied research, experimental development and innovation, thus helping to boost the Czech Republic’s competitiveness and support economic growth. One of the key benefits of the Agency’s work is the strengthening of ties between research institutions and the commercial sector. Charles University has been a recipient of TAČR funding for projects since 2010, when the Agency announced its first public competition as part of the ALFA programme. In the third competition almost a third of the projects submitted by Charles University were approved for funding – twice the average success rate.
This TA ČR project is currently being solved at the Faculty of Education:
Project number: TD03000063
Project titler: Innovation in History Education: The Development of Digital Application for Work with Primary Sources
Main investigator: Mgr. Kamil Činátl, Ph.D.
Co-investigator: PhDr. Hana Havlůjová, Ph.D.
NAKI and NAKI II are research programmes run by the Czech Ministry of Culture to support applied research and development projects connected with national and cultural identity and cultual heritage. The duration of the NAKI programme is the period 2011–2017. Three public competitions (for 2011, 2012 and 2013) have been held within the programme; 13 projects featuring Charles University have been approved for funding. The duration of the NAKI II programme is the period 2016–2022.
Research at the Faculty of Education lays great store on the development of didactic strands as distinct disciplines and linked with general didactic knowledge and psychology and related research branches. In its research and educational activities, the Faculty of Education collaborates with nursery schools and kindergartens, primary schools and schools for lower and upper secondary education.
All research crucially depends on adequate funding. From public finances, Charles University receives what is termed “institutional funding”. The allocated amounts of institutional funding are based on previous research output and are used to finance the Charles University Research Development Schemes (PROGRES), which are strategically targeted in order to strengthen the principal fields of research at the University. A lesser part of the above-mentioned funds is used as targeted support of (mostly young) researchers at the best-performing CU departments or institutes (UNCE) and to fund other minor schemes. In addition to these funds, researchers also need specific-purpose grants for individual research projects - whether from national sources Czech Science Foundation (GAČR), Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TAČR), Internal Grant Scheme of the Ministry of Healthcare etc.) or from abroad (e.g. EU Framework Programmes including ERC). Independent research by students, especially in doctoral programmes, is funded by the University's own Charles University Grant Agency. To some extent, the funding opportunities are also a function of the institution's potential for transferring new knowledge and technologies into practice, a task entrusted mainly to the University’s Centre for Transfer of Knowledge and Technology.