The Foundation for Polish Science has announced the results of the fifth competitions organised under the HOMING and POWROTY/REINTEGRATIONS programmes. Fifteen junior researchers will receive funding of nearly PLN 12 million for carrying out innovative R&D projects in Poland.
Under the HOMING programme,11 junior international PhD holders will carry out their projects in Poland, which will be treated as equivalent to post-doctoral internships. The awardees of the 5th competition under the programme will receive grants of almost PLN 9 million. On the other hand, the POWROTY/REINTEGRATIONS programme will allow 4 researchers to return to research work following a break taken due to parental responsibilities or work outside research. The awardees in the competition under the POWROTY/REINTEGRATIONS programme will receive over PLN 3 million. The funding for the grants comes from the Smart Growth Operational Programme.
There were 54 applications submitted to the 5th competition under the HOMING programme. The awardees will carry out their research projects in cooperation with 25 international and 6 domestic research partners, and 2 Polish commercial partners. The funding will be sufficient to support 14 research positions related to the projects, and 21 scholarships for junior researchers – students and PhD students conducting research.
And there were 35 applications submitted to the competition under the POWROTY/REINTEGRATIONS programme. The awardees will carry out their projects in cooperation with 5 international and 2 Polish research partners, as well as 2 Polish commercial partners. The funding granted by FNP will allow the establishing of scholarships for 10 junior researchers – students and PhD students.
The funding for the projects was granted for periods of 2 years. The awardees were selected as a result of 3-stage substantive assessments carried out by international reviewers and experts sitting on 2 panels: the scientific and economic panel and the interdisciplinary panel.
The HOMING programme supported researchers who were coming back to Poland, and international scientists who came to conduct research here. 2-year grants for a total amount of around PLN 800 thousand were awarded under this programme to carry out research projects equivalent to post-doctoral internships. The projects may be carried out in Polish research institutions or enterprises.
Over the course of the 5 competitions under the HOMING programme, the Foundation has awarded grants totalling PLN 39.4 million. In total, over 100 researchers are involved in carrying out the projects.
The POWROTY/REINTEGRATIONS programme was aimed at researchers who had been forced to pause their professional careers in R&D at an early stage due to parental responsibilities or work in other fields. The 2-year grants under this programme were awarded, worth nearly PLN 800 thousand. The projects may be carried out in Polish research institutions or enterprises.
Over the course of the 5 competitions under this programme, grants totalling PLN 14.7 million have been awarded to 19 researchers, and more than 60 have been involved in carrying them out.
In both programmes, funds were available to junior PhD holders – both Polish and international. The objectives of the projects, which were obligatorily conducted in cooperation with a research partner (domestic or international), were that they concern ground-breaking and global-scale R&D projects important to the economy and society, in particular projects related to the National Smart Specialisations. The received grants will allow the awardees to finance remunerations, scholarships, and outsourced work (subcontracting), training courses and internships aimed at staff development, as well as other expenditures related to the implementation of R&D projects.
Congratulations to all awardees!