In 2016 the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) celebrated its 25th anniversary. The jubilee ceremony was held in June at the FNP headquarters and included the first-ever presentation of the Prof. Maciej W. Grabski Award.

In September of the same year, a new FNP Council was appointed, with Prof. Leon Gradoń as its chairman.

In 2016 the Foundation transferred PLN 26.7 million to its beneficiaries, implementing 23 programmes (including 14 in which a competition procedure was conducted).

Also in the same year, the first competitions ended in new programmes financed  from the Smart Growth Operational Programme (the TEAM, TEAM TECH, FIRST TEAM, HOMING and POWROTY programmes), and the first beneficiaries were selected in the innovative International Research Agendas programme.

The Leszek Kołakowski Honorary Grant for leading young philosophers and historians of ideas was presented for the first time as well.

In 2015 the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) ran 29 programmes (including 18 in which new competitions were held), on which the Foundation spent PLN 62 million, including PLN 48 million from EU structural funds. In 2015 the FNP also carried out programmes financed from structural funds. Under the Innovative Economy Operational Programme, we ran the WELCOME, International PhD Projects, TEAM, PARENT-BRIDGE, HOMING PLUS, and VENTURES programmes, and in the Human Capital Operational Programme we organized the final recruitments for the SKILLS training programme, aimed at improving researchers’ “soft skills” (INTER, IMPULS, eNgage, Programme Officers Academy, Mentoring-Coaching programmes, training and internships). The largest and most pioneering venture the Foundation has launched is the new programme International Research Agendas. This involves creation by distinguished Polish and foreign researchers of new units—centres of excellence. The programme is financed out of the Smart Growth Operational Programme.

In 2014 the Foundation delivered to beneficiaries over 90 mln PLN and implemented 21 programmes.

The report includes financial statements as well as a presentation of the Foundation’s statutory activity and initiatives undertaken in 2014.

In the report, we discuss how the Academica digital loan system for scientific publications was established as an FNP initiative, the history of FNP’s Polish/German programmes COPERNICUS and the Humboldt Scholarship, and the ideas for unusual research projects pursued by recipients in the SKILLS project. The report includes an article about the Polish studies programmes at Columbia University and the University of Cambridge, which were inaugurated in 2014 with long-term commitments from the Foundation.

 

 

In 2013 the Foundation delivered to beneficiaries over 108 mln PLN (over 91 mln PLN from structural funds and almost 17 mln PLN from the FNP’S own funds).

FNP implemented 21 programmes (including 12 in which a competition procedure was conducted).

In 2012 the Foundation delivered to beneficiaries over 110 mln PLN (over 90 mln PLN from structural funds and almost 20 mln PLN from the FNP’S own funds).

Beside programmes which supported different stages of scientific career development, the Foundation carried out also the training programme SKILLS financed from the Human Capital Operational Programme.

20th Anniversary of Foundation: jubilee event in Kubicki Arcade in Warsaw and meetings with FNP’s laureates in academic centers.

Launch of two programmes financed from the European Funds:

  • HOMING PLUS
  • PARENT/BRIDGE

Foundation launches two new programmes:

  • IDEAS FOR POLAND
  • EXTERIUS PROGRAMME

Launch of four programmes financed from the European Funds:

  • TEAM
  • VENTURES
  • WELCOME
  • MPD – international PhD projects

Foundation starts new programmes:

  • PUBLISHING PROJECTS
  • PARTNERS PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 2008)

Foundation begins execution of following programmes:

  • The Polish-German Scientific Award COPERNICUS
  • EURYI
    (carried out in 2006)
  • FOCUS – subsidies for establishing new research groups
    (carried out till 2010)
  • INNOVATOR PROGRAMME
    (carried out till  2008)
  • NOVUM PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 2008)
  • POWROTY/HOMING
    (carried out till 2009)

New Foundation’s Authorities – after professor Grabski retirement, prof. Żylicz takes over the chair of President of the Foundation for Polish Science on 1st of September 2005. Prof. Żylicz is a molecular biologist, head of the Department of Molecular Biology at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw. Before the nomination he was a member of FNP’s Advisory Board.

Based on new FNP’s President proposal, prof. Włodzimierz Bolecki (historian and literature theorist) and Tomasz Perkowski, PhD (worked in FNP’s Executive Board since 2001) join the Board as Deputy Presidents.

Foundation begins execution of following programmes:

  • BIOS PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 2006)
  • TRANSLATIONS PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 2005)

The Foundation obtains the status of public benefit organization (OPP).

Launch of new programme:

  • NESTOR PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 2007)

Foundation begins execution of new programmes:

  • KWERENDA – grants for archive searches abroad
    (carried out till 2012)
  • Domestic Grants for Young Scholars – in-country mobility fellowships
    (carried out till 2007)

Foundation starts new programmes:

  • THE EUROPEAN INTEGRATION EXPLORATORY
    (carried out till 2005)
  • MILAB
    (carried out till  2005)
  • CONFERENCE GRANTS
    (carried out till 2001)
  • TECHNE
    (carried out till  2005)

The Foundation’s 10th anniversary: a jubilee exhibition documenting 10 years of the Foundation’s activity, presented at the largest academic centres.

Foundation starts new programmes:

  • ARCHEO PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 2000)
  • CERBERUS PROGRAMME
    (carried out till  2001)
  • TECHNO PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 2000)

Amendment to the Act on commercialization and privatization of state enterprises, awarding the Foundation 2% of funds from the privatization of wholly state-owned companies.

Foundation starts new programme:

  • IMMUNO PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1999)

Foundation begins execution of new programmes:

  • MISTRZ/MASTER PROGRAMME – academic grants for professors
  • FEMIRC PROGRAMME
    (carried out till  2000)
  • MARIA PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1998)
  • TRAKT
    (carried out till 1999)
  • ZWIERZĘTARNIA
    (carried out till 1998)

Foundation begins execution of new programmes:

  • FASTKIN PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1997)
  • REGLE PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1997)

Foundation starts new programmes:

  • CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
  • Aleksander von Humboldt Polish Honorary Research Scholarship
  • DIAMOL PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1996)
  • MOLTEK PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1996)

Move to the Foundation’s new office at Grażyny str. 11, Warsaw

Foundation starts new programmes:

  • ADALBERTUS PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1997)
  • BITECH PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1995)
  • INCOME PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1999)
  • KOLUMB PROGRAMME – post-doctoral outgoing fellowships
    (carried out till 2012)
  • LIBRARIUS PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1999)
  • NUTRIS PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1995)

Amendment to the Foundation’s statute, specifying the Foundation’s mission in more detail (this version remains in force today).

1994

Foundation begins execution of new programmes:

  • MONOGRAPHS
  • BRAIN PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1994)
  • SEZAM PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1994)
  • Scholarships for foreign scientists for researches in Poland
    (carried out till 2011)
  • Research scholarships at SSEES at London University
    (carried out till 2005)
  • PUBLICATIONS PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 2006)
1993

Foundation begins execution of new programmes:

  • BIMOL PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1993)
  • PHARE SCI-TECH I SCI-TECH II
    (carried out till 2000)
  • SUBIN PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 2005)
1992

Launch of first programmes to support science, including establishment of the:

  • FNP Prize (now the most prestigious scientific award in Poland)
  • START (domestic grants for the most promising young researchers)
  • PONT PROGRAMME
    (carried out till 1992)
  • PROMOTION
    (carried out till 1992)
  • JOINT VENTURE
    (carried out till 1993)
  • ARCHIVES
    (carried out till 1994)
  • BHP
    (carried out till 1993)
  • CRIT i CRIT II
    (carried out till 2000)

Separation of the Foundation’s personnel from the state administrative authorities, in accordance with the Act on restriction of business activity by persons performing public functions; appointment of the following to make up the Management Board of FNP:

  • President: Professor Maciej W. Grabski
  • Deputy Presidents: Professor Marian Grynberg and Grzegorz Krawczyk

Professors Grabski and Grynberg directed the Foundation for the next 13 years, until 2005.

1991
  • Registration at Warsaw District Court
  • Transfer to the Foundation of the sum of 95m zloty (part of the unused assets of the Central Fund for Development of Science and Technology, which existed until 1990) and creation of FNP’s founding fund
  • Opening of the Foundation’s first office (at Wspólna 1/3 str., Warsaw)
  • Conclusion of the first subsidy agreement (the Children’s Health Research programme)
1990
  • Act of the Polish Parliament which led to the formation of FNP
  • Notarized deed bringing FNP into existence