Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS, MŠMT in Czech) is responsible for public administration in education, for developing educational, youth and sport policies and international cooperation in these fields. According to the Act No. 130/2002 Coll. on the Support of Research, Experimental Development and Innovation from Public Funds and on the Amendment to Some Related Acts, MEYS is central administration authority responsible for R&D, particularly institutional funding for higher education sector, research infrastructures policy and funding and international R&D collaboration.
Ministry of Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture is a central authority of state administration for agriculture excepting preservation of agricultural land fund, for water management excepting preservation of water quality, and for food industry. The target of the Ministry of Agriculture is based on agricultural policy of the government and of its official program. The Ministry of Agriculture is supporting the development of organic farming in the Czech Republic, guarantees compliance with the rules for organic farming, and administers state aid for organic farmers in the form of national subsidies and under the Rural Development Programme. The Ministry of Agriculture also promotes healthy, quality domestic food.
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic is the central body of the state administration in the field of health care and protection of public health, medical science research, direct health care providers, treatment of addictive substances, preparations, precursors and auxiliary substances, searching, protection and use of natural healing resources, natural healing spas and sources of natural mineral waters, pharmaceuticals and medical devices for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of people, health insurance and health information system. The Ministry of Health provides the largest volume of activities in issues of food safety in the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture.
Governance structure for alignment of national research programs
The system of support for research, development and innovations of the Czech Republic includes a total of 15 providers of support from the public funds of the Czech Republic. The central authority of the state administration of the Czech Republic responsible for the research and development agenda, including the international cooperation of the Czech Republic in these areas, is the MEYS. Public support providers in the relevant sectoral areas of applied research and experimental development on the national level are also the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health.
National Grant Programmes
The Strategy of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic with a view by 2030 (Ministry of Agriculture).
The Strategy identifies the main purpose is to strenghten a common strategic Framework for the further development in the agriculture.
The Strategy responds to ongoing changes in the climate and the immediate and long-term strategic challenges that result from implementing measures to mitigate the negative impacts of drought and water scarcity.
Health 2020 – National Strategy for Health Protection and Promotion and Disease Prevention (Ministry of Health)
The Health 2020 – National Strategy for health Protection, Promotion and Disease Prevention is based on the principles of Health 2020 – the World Health Organization programme focused on improving health and well-being of population, reducing health inqualities and strengthening the role of public health. Its objective is to create a sustainable health system based on quality, availability and equality of people who become partners in attainning better health for all.
The MEYS – There is no national grant programme related to JPI HDHL, e. g. no other dedicated programmes for food and health are established. In the relation to JPI HDHL, the MEYS is active role in ERA-NET projects and in several of JPIs.
Future Funding Initiatives
The budget allocation of the MEYS for funding acitivities is determined after the approval of the state budget for research, development and innovation for relevant years.
The Ministry of Agriculture manages R&D for the entire agricultural sector, and invests significant funding into its support and development. Thanks to this funding, the results produced by some Czech research teams rank them among the best in their field both in Europe and worldwide. The Ministry of Agriculture has an active financial role in supporting marketing, awareness programmes and education as well.