In: Geografický časopis, vol. 69, no. 4
Pavel Ptáček - Zdeněk Szczyrba
The role of universities in strengthening innovation: the case of EU structural funds in the Czech Republic
Year, pages: 2017, 339 - 360
Keywords: innovation potential, universities, R&D infrastructure, Europeanisation, structural funds, South Moravia, the Czech Republic
The paper is focused on the role of universities and other scientific institutions in the mutual strengthening of innovation potential in both the public and private sectors of the Czech Republic within the framework of the utilisation of EU structural funds. First, the article will be focused on the concept of the third role of universities in the specific context of post-communist countries and the emerging role of universities as important players in R&D creation and transmission. There are surely many burdens and specific features which make the situation different than in the Western European context. The impact of the EU structural funds on R&D policy in the upgrading and creation of R&D infrastructure is substantial, as they represent 14.3% of the total amount allocated and universities using half of this amount. The burdens which exert both a negative and positive influence on this process depend on factors like the location in the metropolitan regions than with the sectoral focus and innovative potential of companies operating in the region, and also depend on the supportive institutional infrastructure. The empirical part of the article will analyse the role of the Science and Research for Innovation Operational Programme (in the period 2007 – 2013) in upgrading both applied and fundamental research and how it shows a concentration in metropolitan regions especially those of South Moravia, Central Bohemia and Moravia-Silesia. Because of above mentioned facts it is expected that there will be rising gap between metropolitan and non-metropolitan regions in R&D infrastructure performance in the future.
How to cite:
Ptáček, P., Szczyrba, Z. 2017. The role of universities in strengthening innovation: the case of EU structural funds in the Czech Republic. In Geografický časopis, vol. 69, no.4, pp. 339-360. ISSN 0016-7193.
Ptáček, P., Szczyrba, Z. (2017). The role of universities in strengthening innovation: the case of EU structural funds in the Czech Republic. Geografický časopis, 69(4), 339-360. ISSN 0016-7193.