New Technology and Materials Centre - CENTEM
The Centre of New Technologies and Materials (CENTEM) is a project of the Structural Funds Operational Program Research and Development for Innovation (OP RDI, http://www.msmt.cz/strukturalni-fondy/op-vavpi), under Priority Axis 2 Regional Support, 2.1 R & D Centers. The investigator of the project, with the registration number of CZ.1.05/2.1.00/03.0088, is the West Bohemian region New Technologies Research Center at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.
The main strategic goal of the project is to establish, in the region and beyond, an important source of research capacity, equipped with modern instrumentation for the needs of industrial and research bodies in order to develop new technologies. This means primarily the development of materials research and technology transfer to industrial and research bodies, particularly in the field of applied research. Grants totaling CZK 324 million (85% from the ERDF and 15% from the state budget) are intended to implement the “CENTEM - Center of New Technologies and Materials“ under Priority Axis 2 of the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation.
The implementation of the project, planned for the period of 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2014, will be followed by the working operation of the Center, with a view to 2019. The Research Center is co-financed by another CZK 118 million from the New Technologies Center (NTC) resources. The total cost of the project thus amounts to CZK 442 million. As CZK 254 million goes to capital equipment and modern instrumentation, the project will contribute significantly to the development of the New Technologies Research Center at the University of West Bohemia as such, as well as its progress in the area of the development of new technologies and materials.
The project comprises five research programs focused on research and modification of the morphology and surface texture of materials, advanced technologies based on polymer materials, laser technology for processing and analysis of materials, research and development of polymer composites, and materials for photovoltaics, photonics and microsystems technology. The key figures in the programs are the Czech Republic and internationally known experts on the subjects.
The new research centre, which will be an important source of innovation potential, aims to train a number of first-class researchers and contribute significantly to the development of education in the region and the country.