National Centre for Biomolecular Research (NCBR), Masaryk University Brno in the Czech Republic has become one of the leading laboratories for structural biology in the Central Europe. The institute is very well equipped by modern laboratory equipment and instruments. It has established a competitive research program in structural biology through extramural funding from agencies such as the Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, European Molecular Biology Organization, 6th FP, Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic or Grant Agency of the Czech Republic. The institute has several teams pursuing both theoretical and experimental research that focuses on the structural characterization of biomacromolecules. NCBR is now trying to refocus its research interest to biomolecular interactions study. That is essential for understanding how molecular machines operate in cells. To establish a competitive research program in biomolecular interactions has proven to be difficult in the Central Europe as the vast majority of know-how and expertise operate in “traditional” EU countries. Project POSTBIOMIN will strengthen our research potential through the scheme of support measures like recruitment of foreign experts, organization of international PhD courses and lectures given by top international scientists. Series of workshops, seminars, postdoctoral and expert inter-ships and visits will be organized. We suppose to reinforce our capacities related to transfer of technologies by hiring the West European specialist. This program will complement investments in research capacity co-financed through the EU cohesion policy programmes for 2007-2013, i.e. CEITEC - large project of Centro-European Institute of Technology focuses on biotechnologies and interdisciplinary medical research, and is prepared in Brno with political support of the Czech Government.
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