The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) has announced the results of the first competition in the TEAM programme, which is aimed at funding teams of researchers led by distinguished scientists from all over the world pursuing groundbreaking scientific research.
There were 68 projects submitted for the first competition, and nine of them received funding in a total amount of over PLN 29 million. The funds come from the Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014–2020. The winners will conduct their projects in cooperation with a total of 17 foreign partners. More competitions will be held through the end of 2019, at an average of twice per year. The call for applications for the next competition begins 15 November 2016.
The funds from FNP will enable financing of at least 40 positions for researchers hired in projects and over 30 stipends for young researchers (undergraduates and PhD students) involved in carrying out research work. Funding for projects was awarded for three years. The winners were chosen in a three-stage merits procedure conducted by foreign reviewers and experts in two panels: scientific/commercial and interdisciplinary.
The TEAM programme offers funding for research teams led by distinguished scientists from all over the world. The subject of the projects, which must be carried out in cooperation with a foreign partner, may be R&D work fitting within the National Smart Specializations, helping solve current or evolving scientific issues of significance in a growing global market or making a significant contribution to solving important challenges facing the society.
Funding is awarded for a period of 3 years (with a possibility of extension for a further 2 years). Projects may be carried out at research institutions or enterprises or in scientific/industrial consortia in Poland. Applicants must be scientists holding at least a doctorate.
Additional information available from Dr Beata Frączak, head of FNP’s Programme Coordination Section: tel. +48 22 845 95 43, e-mail: email@example.com