Mission & role

Mission & role

VZLU is a national center for research, development and testing in aeronautics and space. The primary mission of VZLU is to pursue fundamental, industrial research and experimental development. Results and new knowledge generated by R&D activities are disseminated by publication, knowledge transfer or educational activities. In addition, VZLU supports industry by providing engineering and testing services necessary for the development of new products. VZLU continuously develops its large research and testing infrastructure in order to provide R&D activities and services on a high level.

The major multidisciplinary fields of VZLU include: aerodynamics, structure strength and durability, material and corrosion engineering, turbomachinery and composite materials and technologies. Through its three subsidiaries the VZLU group can offer accredited environmental and mechanical testing, prototype and batch production of composite parts and satellite equipment development.

R&D capacities of VZLU contribute notably to the progress of aerospace industry, surface transport, defence & security sector, power industry and civil engineering.

Disciplines and scope

  • Aerodynamics
  • Strength of structure
  • Corrosion engineering
  • Aircraft enginesI
  • Industrial fans
  • Development of scientific instruments for the use in space (Serenum a.s.)
  • Prototype and small batch production (VZLU Technologies, a.s.)
  • Accredited testing (VZLU TEST, a.s.)

For more information see section ACTIVITIES.

Research Activities

VZLU as a research organization
VZLU fulfills the terms of the research organization, ie the "research and knowledge-dissemination organisation" referred to in Article 2 (83) of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 and Article 1.3 (15) (Ee) and Article 2.1 (19) of the Communication from the Commission - Framework for State Aid for Research, Development and Innovation (2014 / C 198/01).

VZLU as a research partner of the domestic industry
Through R&D projects, the VZLU contributes significantly to the development of the Czech aviation industry. On a national scale, the research institute is now implementing 11 national research and development projects under the support programmes of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS), the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) and the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TAČR). Furthermore, in 2016  contract negotiations were carried out for four successfully evaluated projects from the call for proposals of the EPSILON programme, which was basically started at the end of 2016. At the beginning of 2017, one project financed by the Ministry of the Interior (MI) was added.

Targeted support of R&D projects
Applied research and development projects are addressed in cooperation with industrial companies, which are usually the main users of project results. The largest share of support for projects with so-called targeted support is provided by the Technology Agency and the MIT, on a smaller scale the MoEYS. The VZLU also aims to participate in research projects supported by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (GAČR), and therefore three grant proposals were submitted to the call in 2017. Other supported projects are projects in the field of security research financed by the Ministry of the Interior.

Institutional support of VZLU
By meeting a series of conditions for research organizations, VZLU gained access to institutional funding. This type of financing allows the development of core expertise of the Establishment and has a strong stabilizing function. Investment funds from these sources, which enable the recovery and development of research infrastructure are equally important. As well as targeted support the institutional support requires well-targeted R&D activities to ensure achievement of valuable results during or at the end of each project that can be used further in practice.

International R&D projects
VZLU develops international R&D cooperation especially on the platform of EU Framework Programmes. VZLU participates in these programmes since 2001, it concerns nearly three dozens of international projects of the fifth, sixth, seventh Framework Programmes and also in the new European programme Horizon 2020. In 2016, VZLU participated in the solution of a total of 4 FP7 projects, including two large integrated Level 2 projects headed by ESPOSA, with a budget of 37.7 million euros. Furthermore, in 2016 there were 4 projects from the CS2 programme and 1 project from the call for proposals of the H2020 programme, where VZLU participates in the Future Sky JTI Safety project. At the beginning of 2017, there were 2 more CS2 projects and 2 projects from the H2020 call.

The purpose of participation in international R&D projects is the development of cooperation with the European aviation industry and with leading research centres in the EU. Results of these projects help to improve professional level of VZLU and thus expand and improve the range of R&D services offered by the Establishment.

For more information about R&D activities see section: RESEARCH PROJECTS