FINANCING UNIVERSITIES – STATE OF THE ART AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES
University of Pardubice (CZECH REPUBLIC)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2013 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Conference name: 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 4-5 March, 2013
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:The project "Grant Office – The Way to Successful Projects (GROFF)", has started on the 1st of August 2011 in the framework of the Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness. This project is funded by the European Social Fund and the state budget of the Czech Republic. The project implementation phase will end on the 31st of July 2014.
The main objective of the project is (i) the development of the university system of qualified support for preparation and management of research projects, (ii) the education of academic and administrative staff in the field of the objective and financial management, communication and presentation skills, financial legislative and other competences essential for the high-quality preparation and successful management of research projects and (iii) the definition of financial sources important and essential for a university.
Financing public higher education institutions in the Czech Republic is regulated by Act on Higher Education Institutions. The funds comprise seven main resources.
The aim of the research is to compare the financial sources coming to public higher education institutions in the Czech Republic during the last years, describe the trends and propose right measures for the future.
The project GROFF is connected with another project implemented by the University of Pardubice named “Regional Information and Contact Point for International Cooperation in Research (RIKoC+)” which is focused on (i) the information service about 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and other financial sources dedicated to research and (ii) daily work on the real research project proposal preparation and project management and administration.
Implementation of both presented projects (GROFF and RIKoC+) should help to enhance the participation of the University of Pardubice in FP7, following HORIZON 2020 and to increase the financial sources necessary for research activities.
Keywords: Financing, university, project, European social fund, project preparation, project management, research.