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RIO Country Report Czech Republic 2017

The R&I Observatory country report 2017 provides a brief analysis of the R&I system covering the economic context, main actors, funding trends & human resources, policies to address R&I challenges, and R&I in national and regional smart specialisation strategies. Data is from Eurostat, unless otherwise referenced and is correct as at January 2018. Data used from other international sources is also correct to that date. The report provides a state-of-play and analysis of the national level R&I system and its challenges, to support the European Semester.



Challenges for R&I policy-making in Czech Republic

The main innovation challengez in Czech Republic are:

  1. Reforming the governance of public research: Governance of the R&I system suffers from a lack of coordination, fragmented division of competences and poor evaluation standards.
  2. Opening the labour market for researchers: Human resource management practices in the public sector could be improved by reducing scholar in-breeding, intensifying competition both internally and from abroad and making careers more attractive for young people.
  3. Strengthening public-private linkages: Despite the sustained policy efforts, linkages between public and private R&D sectors could be further improved. Knowledge transfer incentives are set at the level of individual organizations. A national strategy for knowledge transfer is lacking.
  4. Deepening innovation capabilities and demand-driven innovation: the current policy mix is dominated by R&D subsidy programmes with limited efforts devoted to supporting venture capital or business angels and revolving funds.

Smart Specialisation Strategeis

Czech regional authorities, consisting of 14 self-governing regions at the NUTS3 level, had seldom engaged in RDI policy before the launch of the RIS agenda. The only exception was the South Moravian region. Several other regions are attempting to emulate this model with various degrees of success with the help of the RIS3 agenda. National Innovation Platforms running under the Government Office for Science, Research and Innovations are instrumental in identifying applied research priorities. Since the Government approved the updated National RIS3 strategy in July 2016 followed by the EC in September 2016, it is too early to evaluate its impacts on the economy and society at large.

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Official publication date
Friday, 23 March, 2018
National expert name
Martin Shrolec
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