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At the end of 2018, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic approved one of the largest projects of the Czech Technical University in Prague: Center of Advanced Applied Sciences (CAAS). The main objectives of the project led by the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering include the integration of basic and oriented research in various scientific disciplines and the creation of an effective environment for interdisciplinary research.

The project financing agreement was confirmed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on 17 December 2018. The CAAS project is co-financed by the European Union, which, through the Operational Program Research, Development and Education (OP VVV), will cover almost 523 million crowns out of the total budget of 553 million in less than five years.

The project will not only contribute to the further development of science and research at the leading Czech Technical University, but as the members of the CAAS team participate at all levels of the education process, they will also educate the new generation of specialists for advanced research and will significantly support the dynamic development of the science base throughout CTU, its orientation to the latest trends in the world, as well as the involvement of young co-workers, which is one of the hot topics of higher education. Through our research programs, we can offer young scientists room for their own scientific development.
The CAAS project will form the basis for linking existing teams from different faculties and partner institutions. In addition to supporting excellent research and synergies between programs, CAAS will also help with the modernization of research infrastructure and the acquisition of specialists from abroad and the support of young scientists.

A total of six faculties of CTU and J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry participate in the project. The project team at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering will ensure the cooperation of all involved entities, including the Faculty of Civil Engineering, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Information Technology.

The CAAS project was launched in 2018 with nine research programs such as Mathematics, Mathematical Physics and Theoretical Research (THEORY), Particle and Nuclear Physics (PARTPHYS), Detector Physics and Technology (DETE), Plasma Physics (PLASMA), Laser Physics and Photonics (LASE), Material Science and Engineering (MATE), Nuclear Chemistry (CHEMISTRY), Instrumental Radiation Analytical Methods (IRMA) and Application of Nuclear Methods (APPLICATIONS).

During the project, which is scheduled for the end of June 2023, further research programs may be launched. The key project activities are to support excellent research activities and to increase the scientific performance of the project team, upgrade and modernize the research infrastructure to maximize the scientific performance of the project team, support its development, the internationalization - strengthening international aspects of research like strategic partnership and international cooperation and lastly, the project management.