In 2022, the Foundation provided its beneficiaries with PLN 252.5 million to support scientific research conducted in Poland; of which expenditures on programs financed from the European funds within the Smart Growth Operational Programme (POIR) distributed by the FNP amounted to PLN 247 million, while expenditures from the FNP?s own funds amounted to PLN 5.5 million.

We conducted 16 programmes to support scientists and research teams: 9 financed from our own funds and 7 ? from POIR.

Besides continuing in 2022 the implementation of programmes launched in previous years, the FNP launched a new programme ? FOR UKRAINE ? initiated in the face of the armed aggression against Ukraine. The programme is aimed at supporting scientists from Ukraine who work with scientists from Poland in the implementation of scientific projects in social sciences and humanities. Two competitions in the program were announced in 2022. The first was decided in July 2022, and the second in February 2023.

In 2021, the Foundation transferred PLN 250 million to its beneficiaries to support scientific research conducted in Poland; approximately PLN 246.2 million were expenses for programs financed from European funds in the Smart Growth Operational Programme (POIR) managed by the FNP, while PLN 4.2 million came from our own funds.

We implemented 16 programs to support scientists and research teams: 9 were financed from our own funds and 7 from POIR.

The year 2021 was the 30th anniversary of the Foundation. Since the FNP?s inception, we have provided PLN 1 519.7 million to support science; including PLN 521.1 million from our own funds and PLN 998.6 million from EU structural funds such as POIG, POKL, POIR. During this period, the Foundation implemented 86 programmes to support science in Poland by awarding 12,600 scholarships, subsidies, and prizes to scientists in all fields and at all stages of their scientific careers. The Foundation awarded 106 FNP Prizes for outstanding scientific achievements and 3 200 START stipends for the most talented early career researchers. The Foundation funded the establishment of more than 560 new research teams, involving 4 500 stipendiaries and research staff, as well as 14 IRA centers of scientific excellence. More than 3 700 scholars benefited from programs supporting the mobility of scientists and international exchange, which included stipends, internships, along with return grants for Polish and visiting grants for foreign scholars. We allocated nearly PLN 225 million for the development of scientific workshops and the improvement of the infrastructure and technical base of research institutions throughout Poland, which entailed purchases of equipment and the modernization of laboratories, studios, buildings, and rooms for scientific work. As part of the programme for the humanities and social sciences, the FNP published 227 titles in the Monographs series.

In 2021, the FNP and the French Academy of Sciences signed an agreement to continue cooperation to award the Maria Skłodowska and Pierre Curie Polish-French Science Award. Future competitions for this prize will be possible thanks to the financial support provided by the Zygmunt Zaleski Stichting. The funds provided by the Zaleski Stichting will fund prizes for the French winners of the next three competitions (in 2022, 2024, and 2026), while the FNP will fund the prizes for the Polish winners.

In 2020, the Foundation for Polish Science provided its beneficiaries with nearly PLN 260 million, of which about PLN 253 million was spent on programmes financed from the European funds acquired by the FNP from the Smart Growth Operational Programme (POIR), while about PLN 5.75 million came from the Foundation?s own resources.

In the year of the Covid-19 pandemic onset, the Foundation organized a competition for beneficiaries of programmes implemented under Measure 4.4 POIR for additional funds allocated for the development of new research topics within already implemented projects, which could help to fight the pandemic caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus; as a result, almost PLN 15 million was allocated for this purpose, and additional co-financing was granted to 14 projects.

Moreover, the FNP conducted a separate competition for additional topics within the already conducted FIRST TEAM, HOMING, RETURN, TEAM-NET projects, that could help in the implementation of the results obtained within these studies; to that end, additional funding was granted in the total amount of PLN 20 million.

As the only organization from Poland, the FNP received a grant of EUR 125,000 from the European Investment Bank Institute in 2020 to support research work related to the coronavirus. These funds were transferred to research conducted by the team of an FNP winner, Professor Marcin Drąg from the Faculty of Chemistry at the Wrocław University of Technology.

In 2019, the Foundation transferred PLN 174 million to its beneficiaries; approximately PLN 169 million were expenses for programs financed from European funds obtained by the FNP and approximately PLN 5 million came from our own funds. We implemented 17 programs, including 15 in which we conducted a competition procedure in the year under review.

In 2019, we concluded the new TEAM-NET program, granting funds to 11 projects ? for a total amount of PLN 202 million ? that build networks of interdisciplinary scientific cooperation among various regions of Poland.

Moreover, we awarded for the first time the Maria Skłodowska and Pierre Curie Polish-French Science Award; a joint initiative of the FNP, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of the French Republic (MESRI) and the French Academy of Sciences (Académie des Sciences).

We also presented for the second time the Prof. M. W. Grabski Award for efforts to understand science in society. The laureates were Prof. Michał Heller and Prof. Jan Madey.

In 2018 the Foundation provided support for the scientific community totalling over PLN 86 million (PLN 78.3 million in expenditures on programmes financed by European funds obtained by the Foundation, and PLN 7.9 million derived from FNP?s own funds). We implemented 17 programmes (including 14 in which new competitions were held). In 26 completed competitions, we selected 198 individual laureates for awards, stipends and grants to pursue research projects.

In 2018 the Foundation implemented the change in its status under Measure 4.4 of the Smart Growth Operational Programme from beneficiary to implementing authority. In Measure 4.3 (International Research Agendas) it retained the status of beneficiary.

In 2017 the Foundation implemented 16 programmes (including 14 in which new competitions were held). In these competitions, 205 laureates were selected, to whom FNP distributed a total of PLN 143.8 million (PLN 10 million from the Foundation?s own funds and PLN 133.8 million from EU structural funds).

Alongside programmes supporting individual researchers and research teams, in 2017 six International Research Agendas were launched thanks to financing awarded by the Foundation. These innovative new research institutions headed by outstanding scientists from Poland and abroad will pursue research on current, precisely defined scientific challenges.

Cambridge Polish Studies, launched thanks to financial support from FNP and other donors, won a grant in 2017 from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education ensuring the programme?s stable operation and further growth. The Foundation was one of the signatories of the cooperation agreement reached in September 2017 between the University of Cambridge and the University of Warsaw, which will expand the Polish studies programme at Cambridge as well as the teaching and research cooperation between the two institutions.

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:


Foundation launches two new programmes:


Launch of four programmes financed from the European Funds:

  • TEAM
  • MPD – international PhD projects

Foundation starts new programmes:

    (carried out till 2008)

Foundation begins execution of following programmes:

  • The Polish-German Scientific Award COPERNICUS
    (carried out in 2006)
  • FOCUS ? subsidies for establishing new research groups
    (carried out till 2010)
    (carried out till  2008)
    (carried out till 2008)
    (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:

    (carried out till 2006)
    (carried out till 2005)

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

Launch of new 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:

    (carried out till 2005)
    (carried out till  2005)
    (carried out till 2001)
    (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:

    (carried out till 2000)
    (carried out till  2001)
    (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:

    (carried out till 1999)

Foundation begins execution of new programmes:

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

Foundation begins execution of new programmes:

    (carried out till 1997)
    (carried out till 1997)

Foundation starts new programmes:

  • Aleksander von Humboldt Polish Honorary Research Scholarship
    (carried out till 1996)
    (carried out till 1996)

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

Foundation starts new programmes:

    (carried out till 1997)
    (carried out till 1995)
    (carried out till 1999)
  • KOLUMB PROGRAMME – post-doctoral outgoing fellowships
    (carried out till 2012)
    (carried out till 1999)
    (carried out till 1995)

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


Foundation begins execution of new programmes:

    (carried out till 1994)
    (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)
    (carried out till 2006)

Foundation begins execution of new programmes:

    (carried out till 1993)
    (carried out till 2000)
    (carried out till 2005)

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)
    (carried out till 1992)
    (carried out till 1992)
    (carried out till 1993)
    (carried out till 1994)
  • BHP
    (carried out till 1993)
    (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.

  • 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)
  • Act of the Polish Parliament which led to the formation of FNP
  • Notarized deed bringing FNP into existence