The National Centre of Competence for Materials, Advanced Technologies, Coatings and their Applications (MATCA) coordinated by the Institute of Physics was funded by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA ČR). The aim of the National Centres of Competence Programme is to bring researchers together with industrial partners, supporting their long-term cooperation and accelerate applied research and technology transfer.MATCA was established by the Institute of Physics and connects thirteen academic and industrial partners. MATCA will support projects focused on the application of plasma, laser and additive manufacturing in the next two years.
The seminar will provide a brief introduction to this novel TA ČR programme, which defines a new dimension of funding of applied research in the Czech Republic. The scope of the centre MATCA will be presented in detail, including information about the organizational structure, the consortium members, the mode of operation, and future perspectives.