Major Grant Projects
Projects and grants motivate our staff in their academic and scientific achievements and constitute an important part of Palacký University’s funding. In 2019, 227 projects from 8 domestic providers for a total of CZK 1,200,595,000 (approx. €44,420,000) were carried out at our university, out of which UP received CZK 444,970,000 (€16,464,000). Compared to 2018, the financial support we received was increased by CZK 50,600,000. The highest number of projects are financed by the Czech Science Foundation (123), the Czech Ministry of Health (48), the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (35) and the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (34).
The project, supported in the Excellence in Research call in the Operational Programme Research, Development and Education, strives for a complex understanding of China. This should be achieved by an analysis of the intersection of neighbour relationships and by consideration of the historic development and geopolitical interests in all given regions. A research centre of excellence is being created for the project, hosting language and computer laboratories for processing large data as well as a material culture lab. The research team is distinctly international and based on partnerships with prestigious institutions abroad, such as the University of Cambridge, George Washington University, Humboldt University of Berlin, the anthropological Musée du quai Branly in Paris, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and other six foreign institutions.
The Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnology and Agricultural Research (CRH) succeeded in the grant competition “Excellence in Research” in the Operational Programme “Science, Research and Education”. The project entitled “Plants as a Means of Sustainable Global Development” placed 7th out of the 15 best projects. The funds allocated to the support of research in biotechnologies will also allow them to obtain new instrumentation, hire new experts, and collaborate with scientific centres abroad.
The project by the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM) entitled “Nanotechnology for the Future” from the grant competition “Excellence in Research” in the Operational Programme “Science, Research and Education” is counting on the development of nanotechnologies with major societal impact in the areas of improving the quality of the environment, human health, and renewable energy sources. Scientists will also look into the development of new super-functional materials with unique magnetic, optical, and catalytic properties for application in water treatment, environmental protection, production and storage of hydrogen power, and in biomedicine.
The aim of the project by the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM) at the UP Faculty of Science is to contribute to important advancements in the development of technologies that will allow effective splitting of water molecules into hydrogen as a major sustainable source of energy. The development of hybrid nanomaterials using sunlight to split water is now in the hands of a new team led by a world-recognised scientist in the fields of material chemistry, photoelectrochemistry, and renewable energy, Patrik Schmuki. The project will involve researchers from the United States of America, Denmark, Switzerland, France, and South Korea. One group in Olomouc will focus on material research, while another will focus on applications in photoelectrochemistry and renewable energy sources.
The aim of the project is to carry out analyses of materials from historical works using physico-chemical methods, applying new procedures and technologies. The objective is to obtain comprehensive information and provide it to art historians who will be able to assess not only the content but also the material aspects of the work. This information will help reveal ancient technical practices in art works and consequently will also enhance the preservation of historical monuments and works of art. This unique way of researching and protecting cultural and artistic heritage will bring together art historians, chemists, and physicists into one research team. The aim of the project is the development of new methods and techniques, but the potential of the project is not limited to scientific research. The results will be transferable into practice; the interconnection of several fields will bring a new perspective and will also be useful for the protection of historical monuments. The partners of the project are the National Heritage Institute and the Olomouc Museum of Art. The project is supported by the Operational Programme Research, Development and Education – Pre-application Research for ITI (Integrated Territorial Investment), which aims to contribute to the development of the Olomouc agglomeration.
To boost research into nanotechnologies and biotechnologies in the pre-application stage, i.e. prior to their application in practice, is the main purpose of this joint project by two scientific centres at Palacký University Olomouc – the Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research (CRH) and the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM). Thanks to a subsidy of €5 million from the Operational Programme “Research, Development and Education – Pre-Application Research for ITI (Integrated Territorial Investment)”, researchers will be able to deal with the development of new technologies that could be used for instance in agriculture, the food industry, environmental protection, and medicine. The results of their research should contribute to the development of the Olomouc conurbation.
More information on www.cr-hana.eu
The project focuses on the contrasts and parallels between the Catholic Reformation and the early phase of the emerging European Reformation. In the Czech lands and surrounding regions, this task will be performed by making critical editions and analytical studies of published sources. This approach will form the basis for interpretative studies with focus on urban communities and the adoption of general reformation ideas in the local environment. Based on previously unreleased material, the project will show the diverse and often problematic development leading to the Early-Modern division of Western Christianity.
Chief Investigator: Doc. Mgr. Antonín Kalous, M.A., Ph.D., Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc; Co-investigator: Doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D., Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University
The project aims to find new ways to influence the properties of organometallic molecules by means of 2D materials. The project builds upon long-term research conducted by the chief investigator, Prof Pavel Hobza from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and the co-researcher Prof Radek Zbořil from the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials and the institutes they are affiliated with. Although the fundamental contribution of the project is the confirmation of the hypothesis concerning the possibility of controlling the properties of molecules by means of two-dimensional chemistry, concurrently the researchers want to test the findings in real applications. Such hybrid systems of 2D materials with bound molecules offer applications in molecular electronics, biomedicine, electrocatalysis, and new energy storage technologies.
Physical chemist Michal Otyepka obtained the first ever grant of the European Research Council for Palacký University Olomouc. Its aim is to understand the chemistry of two-dimensional carbon materials, primarily fluorographene. Resolving this issue is a precondition for developing new graphene-derived materials possessing the desired properties for specific applications in medical imaging procedures, electronics and spin electronics, and energy storage in supercapacitors.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange sub-programme)
The aim of the project is to map how new digital technologies and the postmodern collapse of grand narratives, along with the emergence of new theoretical approaches such as postcolonial studies and queer studies, have led to changes in understanding the archive. At the same time, researchers will investigate how different groups of people – from descendants of America’s indigenous peoples and victims of Latin American dictatorships to migrants and sexual minorities – use archives to exercise their rights.
The grant is coordinated by Prof Roland Spiller, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt. In addition to the Department of Romance Studies at the Palacký University Olomouc Faculty of Arts, it includes partners from Italy, Spain, Argentina, Peru, and Colombia.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie (Individual Fellowship sub-programme)
The project is aimed at studying the evangelization strategy of Franciscans in China during the 17th century. The objective is to confront the specific Franciscan concept of piety with the distinctive culture of the Middle Empire and its religious and spiritual traditions.
Investigator: Dr. Mgr. Iveta Nakládalová, the key researcher of “Sinophone Borderlands – Interaction at the Edges”, Department of Romance Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc.
The goal of this project, run by the Faculty of Sciences, is to show the localisation of selected proteins of cytokinin metabolism and perception by using immunogold confocal and electron microscopy and cell separation through the use of laser capture microdissection.
The goal of this Centre of Excellence project is to reveal or rule out the risks connected with using natural compounds found in a wide range of food supplements by means of using the newest cellular and molecular methods upon the basis of a complex approach.
The main goal of the project is to make use of and strengthen existing expertise and attain a critical number of participants and experiences in the area of research, development, production, protecting intellectual property, certification, transfer technology, and development of an enterprise for creating a market-oriented and flexible national network of important institutions in the area of biomarkers and molecular diagnostics.
The goal of this interdisciplinary project is to contribute to clarifying the process in which biblical texts, which arose under the influence of historical circumstances, became an important formulating influence on new cultural traditions.