JCMM will award 10 grants in the amount of €5000 to master and doctorate students from universities in Brno, who will present their innovative projects with the Open Science attributes within the framework of „local societal challenges“.

 What is Open Science

  1. Transparency in experimental methodology, observation and data collection
  2. Public availability and reusability of scientific data
  3. Public accessibility and transparency of scientific communication
  4. Usage of web tools to enhance scientific cooperation.

ORION’s vision is to “incorporate” the principles of Open Science and the rules of responsible research and innovations, which are:

  • ethics
  • gender equality
  • management
  • open access
  • public involvement
  • scientific education

into to rules of management, processes and procedures of organizations financing and implementing research activities.

ORION’s activities are primarily targeted at organizations working in the field of natural sciences and biomedicine.

We will seek to identify driving mechanisms and barriers, interests and values, but also to implement “experiments” by involving citizens in research projects, new research strategies, new types of funding and creation of training materials.

In the course of the implementation of the project several target groups will be interconnected:

  • organizations financing and implementing research activities
  • citizens
  • politicians
  • industry representatives

All materials and training documents created within ORION will be freely accessible to all interested parties within the open access approach.

Fundamental elements of the project

  • Benchmarking – for the analysis of current status and access to Open Science and verification of the available knowledge and set procedures.
  • Experiments – We would like to involve different interest groups in the project through joint experiments aimed at three main directions: opening of the research area; identification of the risks associated with the arrival of new technologies, involvement of citizens in scientific projects in basic research.
  • Training – creation of training materials, implementation of specific training programs based on the principles of RRI and Open Science focused in particular on scientists, office workers of research organizations as well as office workers of agencies and state organizations redistributing funds to science and research.

What is RRI

RRI, or “Responsible Research and Innovation”, seeks to coordinate processes, research and innovation outcomes with society’s values, needs and expectations. This requires direct involvement and engagement of many parties, including active public involvement in the processes associated with research and innovations.

Project partners

  • Project coordinator: CRG - Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
  • Project partners: ANT Foundation, Italy, Babraham Institute, Great Britain, CEITEC Masaryk university, Czech Republic, CRECIM, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany, South Moravian Centre for International Mobility, Czech Republic, VA (Public & Science), Sweden
 ORION has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 741527.

Come join us!

The competition is designed for students of master’s and doctoral degree programs of universities in Brno. Both Czech and foreign students as long as they and their projects meet the established competition domains.

Competition domains

  • life science domain
  • environmental domain
  • social domain
  • economic domain
  • technical domain
  • medical domain

The acquisition of the financial attribution is a great benefit of the winning projects. The purpose of this support is education of usage of Open Science principles in common perception and everyday use in the research and scientific work of young students who are then able to infiltrate these principles to scientific, respectively laic society. Through the financial support, we give the scholarship holder the space to fully engage in the work on the project.

The supervisor mentioned in the application will be remunerated for a proffesional consultation of procedures and project solution up to CZK 20,000.

The support of openness in life science and biomedical disciplines is based on the conditions of the grant provider for the ORION project and freely follows the strategy of the South-Moravian region to create a place suitable for the development of the knowledge economy in accordance with the concentration of corporate development centers and public research institutions in South-Moravian region.

The competition is open and its rules do not provide any quotas of recipients for partner universities, faculties or institutes whose student are intended to participate.

The competition project is submitted and communicated in English.

The grant is provided by the European Union and financed by the  Research and Development Horizon 2020 Programme, Grant agreement No. 741527 and is effective from May 2017 to April 2021.


Conditions for participation in the competition

  • full-time study at a partner university (MU, MENDELU, VFU, VUT, UO, JAMU)
  • master’s studies, doctoral studies
  • the project fulfills Open Science principles
  • the project thematically fulfills one or more (multidisciplinary) established domains
  • the objective of the project is to offer a solution to one of the current pressing regional problems (South-Moravian region, Statutory city of Brno)
  • the candidate must not be a stipendist of the Brno Ph.D. Talent 2016-2018
  • the candidate have to meet all registration conditions during the scholarship receiving

Important! As a candidate, you must complete the registration conditions along the duration of the scholarship (i.e by a full time student).

An ideal candidate?

  • Enthusiastic about his research discipline, hardworking, creative
  • Shows excellent results in school and professional competitions
  • Is actively engaging in scientific projects
  • Is well-informed in current development in the field of his research
  • Can comprehensibly and convincingly present his ideas, visions and intentions even in English

Candidates register themselves in the competition here on this website (the orange link below) from November 15th 2018 till January 15th, 2019. Applications consist of a candidate’s CV, a description of the scientific project and meeting with a supervisor and familiarization with the background of the project.


Register here


The competition has three rounds

  1. Formal control of applications (=eligibility check)
  2. Open-peer review
  3. Professional evaluation of applications by international commissioners

The dates of each round can be found in the competition time schedule.

Important note: based on the feed-back from applicants and applicant institutions a change in the applicants ´status is introduced in favour of applicants: it is acceptable to change your student status during the duration of the project from full time to part time. 

You will find all the necessary information how to write your project in the Guide for Applicants and you can download the application template here.

Basic information about the ORION programme can be found at www.orion-openscience.eu. Follow us on Twitter: @orion_opensci

In case of any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.



Registration open 15.11.2018 - 15.1.2019

1st round: formal review 16.1.2019 - 31.1.2019

2nd round: Peer review 1.2.2019 - 28.2.2019

3rd round: Expert review 1.3.2019 - 31.3.2019

Publication of the results 15.4.2019

Realization of the projects 16.4.2019 - 31.1.2020

Open peer review

On this page (https://www.authorea.com/users/256183) you can assess in the "open peer review" project proposals that have been submitted to the competiton. 

Please note that personal data of applicants as well as the data of their teams have been disclosed at the Authorea platform. It should be also note that, as the source text was .pdf, there is an absence of pictures, graphs, charts and tables in the description of applicants´ proposals.

A total of 45 eligible applications have been received (15 Masaryk University/CEITEC MU), 23 (Brno University of Technology, CEITEC BUT) and 7 Mendel University.


Project coordinator

Project partners together with JCMM are:

Regional supporters of the projects:


Ing. Michael Doležal

Telefon: +420 602 735 910

E-mail: michael.dolezal@jcmm.cz

Ing. Jana Musilová

Telefon: +420 724 919 622

E-mail: jana.musilova@jcmm.cz