NERD (Network of Excellence in Research for Doctoral Degree Students) is a new grant programme aimed at supporting exceptional research projects of doctoral degree students at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM). The programme is funded within the OP RDE "Improvement of internal grant projects at UMPRUM" project (CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/19_073/0016946).
The goal of NERD is to increase the skill level of Ph.D. students necessary for their future professional success in the field of research and development. Through student grants within this competition, Ph.D. students will gain the opportunity to conduct their own research activities and develop other cross-sectional skills associated with the implementation of the project (communication, problem solving, organization, project management, time management, etc.). Carrying out educational/research activity abroad is part of the project, as well.
NERD does not replace the existing Student Grant Competition. It is a completely new selection competition, the aim of which is to support the best doctoral degree students who present exceptional and unique projects. The NERD competition and the Student Grant Competition will take place separately and simultaneously.