"Top research in the public interest” is the motto of the new strategy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, which presents itself more strongly as an institution whose primary mission is high quality research focused on the problems and challenges faced by contemporary society.
The past twenty years have shown that the Czech Academy of Sciences is an important and irreplaceable part of the research, development and innovation system in the Czech Republic. It must continue to remain a guarantor of research quality, but for its further development it is necessary that it be able to identify important scientific and social issues, define problems, and propose their solutions based on the current level of knowledge. The Czech Academy of Sciences is ready to act not only as a renowned center of science and national culture, but also as an increasingly important economic factor.
Strategy AV21 is rooted in and implemented through a set of coordinated Research Programmes of the institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Research carried out within long-term interdisciplinary Research Programmes focused on contemporary problems and challenges as well as emphasis on practical application of the research results in economically and socially important areas constitute an important part of the mission of the Czech Academy of Sciences. At the same time, Strategy AV21 respects the key role of basic research which is at the core of development of all scientific disciplines.