IOCB Tech Foundation merged with Martina Roeselová Foundation

1 December 2022

On the basis of the merger agreement from 13 October 2022, IOCB Tech Foundation merged with Martina Roeselová Foundation. Our foundation is the successor entity, Martina Roeselová Foundation ceased to exist.

The resolution of the Municipal Court in Prague came into force on 26 November 2022.

Recipients of the 2023 Martina Roeselová Memorial Fellowship selected

30 November 2022

Based on the recommendation of the evaluation committee, the managing board of the IOCB Tech Foundation has decided on the recipients of the 2023 Martina Roeselová Memorial Fellowship.

The foundation received nearly 80 applications from young scientists from Czech universities and research institutes. The board has selected ten of them who will receive a stipend of CZK 150,000. The successful applicants will be awarded the fellowship at a ceremony on 16 December.

The Martina Roeselová Memorial Fellowship supports postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the field of natural sciences who strive to balance competitive scientific work with high-quality care for preschool-age children. The fellowship was established at IOCB Prague and awarded by the Martina Roeselová Foundation thereafter. Since this year, the fellowship has been awarded by the IOCB Tech Foundation.

Accepting applications for the Martina Roeselová Memorial Fellowship

8 August 2022

IOCB Tech Foundation accepts applications for the Martina Roeselová Memorial Fellowship for 2023. Stipends in the amount of CZK 150,000 for one year support young researchers in the field of natural sciences who strive combining competitive scientific research with care for a preschool child or children.

The fellowship is dedicated to PhD students and postdoctoral fellows who are the primary caregiver of a preschool child and at the same time conduct competitive research in the field of natural sciences at universities or research institutes in the Czech Republic.

The funds are intended to cover childcare services and can be used to pay for preschool education, a child’s play area, private babysitting, etc.

The fellowship was originally awarded by the Martina Roeselová Foundation. Since this year, in connection with the planned merger of the two foundations, it is newly awarded by the IOCB Tech Foundation and increases from CZK 120,000 to 150,000.

Applications for 2023 can be submitted until 15 October 2022. You can learn more about the conditions for awarding the stipend and submitting applications here.

IOCB Tech Foundation will merge with Martina Roeselová Foundation

4 August 2022

Our foundation has agreed with the Martina Roeselová Foundation to merge and take over its philanthropy.

The Martina Roeselová Foundation is known for awarding the Martina Roeselová Memorial Fellowship dedicated to young scientists who are trying to combine combine competitive scientific research with care for a preschool child or children.

Since this year, the fellowship will be awarded by the IOCB Tech Foundation.

Read more details about the fellowship and applications.

Supporting child-care groups of the Czech Academy of Sciences 

30 June 2022 

The foundation supported with the amount of CZK 7 milion five child care groups established by the Centre of Administration and Operations of the Czech Academy of Sciences for the children of employees of CAS institutes and their foreign interns.

The groups offer all-day care for children from 12, 18, or 24 months.

Stipends for successful students 

24 June 2022 

We donated CZK 180 thousand to the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague. The donation provides special financial support to six master or postgraduate students for one year.

We are thus continuing the support initiated by our founder company IOCB Tech.

Search for gifted students 

13 June 2022 

With the amount of CZK 200 thousand we supported the Jaroslav Heyrovský Endowment Fund. The donation will support the search for gifted students and care for their further professional and personal growth.

We are thus continuing the support initiated by our founder company IOCB Tech.

USD 100 thousand to support new collaborations with MIT researchers

10 May 2022

The donation of USD 100 thousand to the MIT-Czech Republic Seed Fund will support the establishment of collaboration between researchers from the Czech Republic with those of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The fund thus continues in the support initiated by its founder company IOCB Tech in 2021. 

The funds go to the MIT-Czech Republic Seed Fund, which supports collaboration between researchers in the early phase, which is not covered by standard grant funding. Joint research teams from MIT and the Czech Republic will apply for the financial support. The money can be used to cover travel and accommodation expenses relating to work meetings and research internships. 

IOCB Tech Foundation established

3 May 2022

The aim of the newly established IOCB Tech Foundation is to support the long-term development of research, the transfer of new knowledge into practice and the popularisation of science. The foundation was established by the techtransfer company IOCB Tech, a subsidiary of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS (IOCB Prague), and for the first year of its operation it has received CZK 20 million.

“Our company has helped to put into practice a number of important discoveries and it goes without saying that we return part of the profits to science. We concentrate on projects that have great potential for the whole society and need money immediately, or are very difficult to find funding for. The new foundation will allow us to develop this support in a long-term and systematic way,” explains Martin Fusek, Managing Director of IOCB Tech, the company that set up the foundation.

The foundation will finance a wide range of projects. It will focus on helping specific scientists and projects or on attracting foreign researchers to Czech science. It will also support study visits and exchange of experiences between scientists and students or stimulating projects aimed at popularising science and its contribution to society.

“Direct support for specific projects and scientists is extremely important, as is the effort to ensure that their findings ultimately benefit society. It is my sincere hope that the foundation will contribute to the emergence of a number of exciting discoveries, ideas and projects that highlight the importance of science and its results in our lives,” says Barbara Eignerová, chairwoman of the foundation's managing board.

Initially, the foundation will support the cooperation of Czech scientists and students with experts from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), the development of gene therapy by a Czech scientist at Columbia University (USA), cooperation with the Jaroslav Heyrovský Endowment Fund aimed at finding talented students, internships of Czech students in Israel or sending PhD students from the Faculty of Science of Charles University to foreign internships.

The IOCB Tech Foundation will thus continue the philanthropic activities of its parent company IOCB Tech s.r.o., which has distributed over CZK 50 million in the past 3 years alone.