The European Commission approved funding for the proposed foundation of a new Centre of Excellence in Prague, Czech Republic. The joint project proposal of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) with a Czech partner institute was chosen out of 209 proposals and will receive 400.000 Euros to prepare a robust business plan for the new centre.
There are still large differences in the success and performance of scientific research in different parts of the EU. New member states especially struggle to reach for the most competitive EU research funding such as the coveted ERC grants. One way to address this problem is to pair up established and highly successful research institutes with their thematically related counterparts in underperforming parts of Europe. That is the idea behind the funding program “Teaming for Excellence” in the context of the “Horizon 2020 – Research and Innovation Framework Programme”.
Recently, the European Commission approved funding for the proposed foundation of a new Centre of Excellence in Prague, Czech Republic. The Advanced Research Incubator in Biosciences (ARIB) is joint project between the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden and the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the ASCR, v. v. i. (IMG) in Prague. By attracting young international research talent, it will bring to life the advanced research infrastructures recently established in Prague and the surrounding Central Bohemian Region. The source of excellence will be the MPI-CBG who will support the expansion of IMG and its elevation to a new level of scientific competitiveness. The proximity of Dresden and Prague is the key factor facilitating the effective transfer of excellence. The project builds on a foundation of prior scientific interactions between IMG and MPI-CBG such as the Dresden Prague Science Exchange (DPSX) seminar series.