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research performance evaluation in the czech republic current methodology and expected development

Research performance evaluation in the Czech Republic:current methodology and expected development

Prof. ZdenekNemecek

Charles University, Prague

brief history and legal frame
Brief history and legal frame
  • The distribution of the government research support is governed by the law 130/2002 and its consecutive amendments
  • Evaluation of the research entities started in 2004 without any connection with financing
  • The amendment from 2005 states that the distribution of the support for the long-term conceptual development of research entities (SCD) among the support providers (ministries, Academy) should follow the evaluation of the results
  • Methodics 2008, 2010, 2013
  • The providers are obliged to follow this distribution for their entities unless they have their own evaluation system
r d budget
R&D budget


Government sources only, EU funds not included


Grant agencies, international cooperation, etc.

evaluation methodics
Evaluation Methodics

Keep in mind that:

1 - Methodics is dedicated for division of money among the research entities

2 – it is not supposed to be used on the level of research teams or individuals

3 - it is not intended for identification of excellence

  • Each research entity provides the list of their results to RIV
  • The results are divided into categories – journal paper, proceedings, patent, etc.
  • The results are further divided according topics – physics, social sciences, mathematics, chemistry, etc.
  • Methodics assigns a predefined number of points to each result
  • The money that a particular entity receives would be directly proportional to the sum of the points gained by its results
topical groups
Topical groups

The number of points gained by a particular topical group is normalized to represent a given part of the points available (3 000 000)

categories of results
Categories of results

The numbers of points assigned to publication and application results are normalized to represent a given part of the points available



evolution of the methodics
Evolution of the Methodics
  • The first Methodics 2008 provided a reasonable evaluation of research entities
  • However, the production of “results for points” started immediately
  • The only category of results not affected by this trend were papers in good journals (WoS)
  • The consecutive Methodis (2010) introduced several limitations:

- percentage of applied results

- division of results into topics (mathematics, social sciences, etc.) with predefined number of points

These limitations brought a partial improvement but the main problem – equal number of points for all results in a given category - remains

evaluation methodics 2013
Evaluation Methodics 2013
  • Three parts - Mainstays
  • Each mainstay has its own allocation of points
  • Mainstay I – old system for papers in journals indexed in WoS or Scopus, books and papers in the Czech journals come through peer review
  • Mainstay II - peer review evaluation of a limited number of results
  • Mainstay III – new system of evaluation of applications, the results are not weighted and the points are assigned to research entities.
mainstay weight
Mainstay weight
  • Mainstay (Pilíř) I –publication results
  • Mainstay (Pilíř) II – NEW – excellent results
  • Mainstay (Pilíř) III – applications
mainstay i
Mainstay I

This mainstay is adopted and adapted from the previous Methodics 2008 and 2010

WoS SCOPUS ERIH DomesticBooksProceedings

SHVa,bJimpJscJneimpJrec BC D

SHVcJimpJscJneimp BC D

Technika a informatika JimpJsc BC D

Zemědělství JimpJsc BC D

Vědy o zemi JimpJsc BC

Matematika JimpJsc BC D

Fyzika Jimp

Chemie Jimp

Biologie Jimp

Lékařství Jimp

Points (10 – 305) (10 – 30) 4 (4 – 120) (8 – 60)

Social Sci and Humanities

Social Sci

Technical Sci and IT

Agriculture Sci

Earth Sci






82.5% of points is distributed according to this mainstay

mainstay ii
Mainstay II.
  • Each research unit submits one excellent result per CZK 10 mil. for evaluation
  • The submission is accompanied with reasoning why the result is excellent
  • The result is evaluated by the Expert panel of a given topical group and 20% of the best is chosen (category A)
  • 10% (60 000)points is allocated to this mainstay
  • These points will be distributed to the research entities in accord with the number of results in category A
  • Additional 2000 points will be allocated to the entity that received an ERC grant in course of past 5 years
  • Note that this mainstay will be applied from 2015
mainstay iii
Mainstay III.
  • 105 000 points will be allocated according to this Mainstay
  • In the first step, a given number of points will be assigned to patents, novel races or cultivars
  • In the next step, the rest of points will be distributed in accord with the volume of money gained by a particular entity either as grants of applied research or by research contracts with private enterprises

∑Total= α∑Grants + β∑Contracted research (α = 0.9;β = 0.1)

present status of m 2013
Present status of M 2013
  • Data for Mainstays I and III are collected
  • The software tools for the data processing are almost ready
  • The members of Expert panels are nominated
  • Peer review of books and Czech journals will start in course of June
  • The excellent results will be collected in near future
  • Since the process according to M 2013 will be applied only on the data from the last year, it will influence only about 20% of the budget
  • Our modeling has shown that no dramatic changes in the money distribution can be expected