Grants for research teams headed by leading scientists.
- 02.02.2017: Please note that the templates for personal scholarship agreements will be amended. More information here.
- 30.01.2017: Please note! Competition Documentation no 1/2016 and 2/2016, the TEAM Programme, has been amended on the January 30, 2017. More information here.
The aim of the TEAM programme is to improve the human potential in the R&D sector in team projects pursued by outstanding scientists from all over the world (regardless of nationality) at research units or companies in Poland, working in the most innovative areas, with the involvement of a foreign research partner.
Eligible applicants are those researchers (regardless of nationality) who have at least a PhD degree as well as research experience confirmed by international achievements, who intend to include young researchers – students, PhD students or young doctors (postdocs) – in their team.
For the duration of the project, the project manager (principal investigator; PI) shall be employed at the unit, with a commitment of at least 50% of a full-time employment for the purposes of project realisation. In justified cases the applicant may apply for lower commitment for project realisation (but no less than 30% of full-time employment). In such cases the application has to include extra information and documents related to the deputy project manager (deputy-PI) permanently overseeing the team’s work. If the project will be carried out by a scientific-industrial consortia, the applicant has to assign at least 50% of full-time employment to the project and may not appoint a deputy.
Projects lasting up to 36 months will be financed under the programme. The project budget is recommended not to exceed PLN 3,500,000.
Under the programme, the Foundation plans internal competitions for grantees to extend the project duration by a maximum of 24 months, where the extension of the project implementation time is connected with expanding the scope of the work and includes a possibility to increase funding for the project. In subsequent editions of the programme, the final deadline for project completion and any project extensions is 31 December 2023.
Financing under the TEAM programme will be provided to projects whose subject matter is listed on the National Smart Specialization (NSS; PL – KIS) list; in exceptional cases, while giving preference to NSS areas, the Foundation may agree to finance projects involving topics not on the NSS list if they show significant application potential or importance for solving a major socioeconomic problem.
Projects under the programme can be implemented in one of three options:
- by research units to the extent to which they do not conduct economic activity (without granting state aid),
- by enterprises (pursuant to the principles of granting state aid for R&D activity)
- by scientific-industrial consortia consisting of one research unit and one enterprise (for the research unit: without state aid, to the extent, to which it does not conduct economic activity; for the enterprise, pursuant to the principles of granting state aid for R&D activities).
In the TEAM programme, the participation of at least one foreign research partner is mandatory.
Applications submitted in the competition will be subject to a formal and merit-based evaluation. After receiving a positive formal evaluation, applications will undergo a three-stage merit-based evaluation:
In stage one, the merits of the applications will be evaluated by a group of experts (a scientific and economic panel, or SEP) having proper scientific achievements or experience in implementing innovative solutions in the R&D sector.
In stage two, the applications will be evaluated by at least two third-party reviewers.
In stage three, the applicants who qualify will be invited to an interview with an interdisciplinary panel of experts (IPE).
The panel of experts will compare the applications and draw up a ranking list as well as evaluating them on the basis of the criteria set down in the competition documentation.
The terms of participation are the same for all applicants and are described in detail in the programme’s competition documentation.
From: 15 November 2017, application deadline: 15 January 2018
From: middle April 2018, application deadline: middle June 2018
Competition documentation[ TEAM_Programme_Competition_Documentation_4_2017 - 301 KB ]
Templates of appendices for applicants without state aid[ Cost-eligibility-guide_without-state-aid - 2 MB ] [ Catalogue of criteria for selecting beneficiaries_Team - 691 KB ] [ Lab_equipment_TEAM - 223 KB ] [ Project_Indicators_TEAM - 226 KB ] [ Project_Schedule_TEAM - 240 KB ] [ Statement of the consortium member representative_deputy project manager_TEAM - 627 KB ] [ Statement of the project manager_TEAM - 648 KB ] [ Statement of the unit_enterprise_TEAM - 657 KB ] [ Statement of the unit_research unit_TEAM - 740 KB ]
Templates of appendices for applicants under state aid[ Cost-eligibility-guide_state-aid - 2 MB ] [ Catalogue of criteria for selecting beneficiaries_Team - 691 KB ] [ Form_containing_information_presented_when_applying_for_aid - 130 KB ] [ Lab_equipment_TEAM - 223 KB ] [ Project_Indicators_TEAM - 226 KB ] [ Project_Schedule_TEAM - 240 KB ] [ Statement of the consortium member representative_deputy project manager_TEAM - 627 KB ] [ Statement of the project manager_TEAM - 648 KB ] [ Statement of the unit_enterprise_TEAM - 657 KB ] [ Statement of the unit_research unit_TEAM - 740 KB ]
Templates of grant agreement and its appendices for grantees[ TEMPLATE-of-the-GRANT-AGREEMENT-for-TEAM-TECH-grantees-without-state-aid - 625 KB ] [ TEMPLATE-of-the-GRANT-AGREEMENT-for-TEAM-TECH-grantees-under-state-aid - 639 KB ] [ TEMPLATE-of-the-GRANT-AGREEMENT-for-TEAM-TECH-consortium - 682 KB ]
Templates of scholarship agrement[ Templates of scholarship agreement_TEAM_PO IRdoc - 4 MB ]
Additional materials for applicants[ Team_Reviewers_form - 869 KB ] [ List of the National Smart Specialisation_NSS_20160712 - 573 KB ]
Projects to be carried out under the TEAM programme should involve research that will contribute to solving current or arising scientific problems that are relevant for the developing global market or will make a significant contribution to solving important challenges faced by society today.
Support under the programme should enable researchers at the start of their scientific careers, namely students, PhD students and young doctors (postdocs), to gain experience in conducting R&D work by realising internationally recognizable breakthrough scientific research of significant importance for the economy and society.
The project leader is obligated to organize an open competition to choose the team members. Following such recruitment, the team conducting R&D work in the project should have, beside the project leader, a minimum of 2 members (students, PhD students or postdocs).
As regards remuneration (based on an employment contract), the total costs of remuneration together with non-payroll labour costs are eligible costs. The suggested remuneration under the programme for working full-time on the project is as follows:
- Project leader – up to PLN 27,000/month
- Deputy project leader – up to PLN 17,500/month
- Consortium partner representative – up to PLN 15,000/month
- Young postdoc – up to PLN 15,000/month
- PhD student – up to PLN 8,000/month
- Student – up to PLN 4,000/month
Students and PhD students may become team members based on an employment contract or a stipend. The suggested stipend amounts should be within the following ranges:
- for PhD students PLN 3,500–4,500/month
- for students PLN 1,500–2,500/month
The project manager (PI) is obligated to ensure any PhD students taking part in the project adequate scientific supervision and to guarantee them mentoring from a second scientific supervisor. As far as possible, the mentor should be an employee of a foreign partner institution, a domestic partner institution or a unit other than the applicant’s place of employment – a research unit or a company conducting R&D work.
The programme is co-financed with the support of the Smart Growth Operational Programme (PO IR).