Centre Algatech

Institute of Michrobiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

INTERREG V-A Austria – Czech Republic 2014-2020


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2017 - 2019









Gemeinsames tschechisch-österreichische Zentrum für Algenbiotechnologie

prof. RNDr. Jiří Masojídek, CSc.
Laboratory of Algal Biotechnology







Total € 348 979.20

ERDF € 296 632.32

SR € 52 346.88







The Scientific collaboration among regional R&D institutions has  not yet  been fully established  And  Combining the skills of Austrian and Czech partners may help create „regional know-how“.  The Project enhances collaboration in the field of algal biotechnology between two main regional research players. The main task of this project is to enhance and strengthen the cross-border research and innovation capacities in the framework of cooperation programme between the two regional research institutions in Upper Austria and South Bohemia that deal with current issues of European and global research. The project task conforms to the regional Innovation Strategy (RIS) of South Bohemia which considers biotechnology as one of the key potentials of the region. The proposed project is also in compliance with other strategic documents of the Czech republic. In Upper Austria it conforms with the Program Innovatives Oberösterreich 2020,  in the section concerning energy: renewable energy /waste streams / biogenic processes, use as value added product or energetic use of biomass. Innovation will be achieved in the field of renewable resources of sustainable energy and valuables compound production from microalgae using biotechnological and genetic engineering. The project is predominantly focused on basic research to enhance scientific knowledge in the production of carbon-neutral sources of raw materials and biofuels that will contribute to higher future independence from fossil sources as well as reduction in atmospheric CO2 levels. Concerning R&D from laboratory to pilot cultivation, the project will be specifically focused on the research of genetically enhanced microalgae grown as specific producers of biofuels and starch. This technology is completely innovative in the partner countries and can be used not only in extended bioenergy production and transport fuels, but can be also applied in other areas such as chemical or pharmaceutical technology. All partner institutions wish to extend extensive regular cooperation in biotechnology for sustainable development and knowledge exchange among researchers, lecturers and students via the project. A cross board centre of competence will be create, exchanging know how and researchers. Further common R&D projects on European level will be done. The development of double degree, PhD programs will be promoted from each partner.