International Research Agendas

CALL CLOSING DATE: 29.06.2018

This programme gives top scientists, irrespective of their nationality, the opportunity to create a research unit (innovative center of excellence) in Poland, which will conduct world-class R&D activities focused on a specific and timely scientific challenge.

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International Research Agendas programme – training workshop for applicants

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Humanities and social sciences included in Poland’s National Smart Specializations

Presentation – Info Day 17.05.2018

Goals

The International Research Agendas programme is aimed at enabling the creation of research organizations (scientific units), which will be lead by scientists with considerable experience in science management as well as their own area of expertise, which will have international teams of renowned scientists from different fields who will conduct research in order to solve a specific global scientific challenge.

The grant should lead to the creation of highly specialized, world-class research centers which apply the best international practices with regards to:

  • HR policy
  • R&D management
  • Commercialisation of R&D results.

Research centres implementing the International Research Agendas programme will conduct their R&D work in line with a pre-approved research agenda. According to the progamme documentation the agenda has to highlight a specific scientific issue – a challenge and a means of addressing it. The challenge itself as well as the proposed means of solving it must be important enough so that the results of the research will be likely to be published in top scientific journals and presented at prestigious scientific meetings. The intellectual property developed over the course of the research should have the potential for legal protection and the developed solutions should be applicable. The suggested challenge must be contained within the National Smart Specialization framework (a list of NSS can be found in the downloads sections).

The scope of the proposed research as well as the project lead’s international standing are key for the research center’s success and it’s international scientific visibility.

The International Research Agenda Programme can also serve to support projects realized under the Teaming competition, which constitutes one of the activities under the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme. Participants in the Teaming programme interested in submitting applications to the Foundation are encouraged to read the description and competition documentation of the IRAP PLUS module: link.

Addressees

The IRA programme is designed for distinguished researchers from Poland or abroad with recognized research achievements whose experience will ensure the effective functioning of the unit implementing the IRA.

Applicants should, if possible, represent the level of ERC Advanced Grant scientists and have profiles in line with those of applicants for directorial positions in leading scientific institutes in the world e.g. the Max Planck Institute, technological institutes in Cambridge (UK), MIT, etc.

Offer

The International Research Agendas programme is based on the Teaming for Excellence programme announced by the European Commission as part of Horizon 2020. It provides support for specialised, independent research units in Poland which will pursue international research agendas in strategic cooperation with renowned scientific institutions from other countries.

The total amount committed for the International Research Agendas programme under the Smart Growth Operational Programme (Measure 4.3) is about EUR 126 million. The Foundation has so far granted funding for 7 units pursuing International Research Agendas. One project was selected for funding in competition no. 2/2015, while the selection process in 3/2016 competition resulted in granting funding for three projects and a further three were awarded support in competition no. 4/2017.

Project funding will include costs of R&D work conducted by the unit implementing the IRA, costs connected with efficient functioning of the unit, costs of operating existing infrastructure, cooperation between partners, and knowledge transfer. However, support for new infrastructure will be limited to the purchase of essential laboratory equipment and fit-out.

Funding will also cover the costs of research staff development related to project implementation.

International Research Agendas Leaflet

Procedure

Applications may be submitted by one or, in justified cases, two applicants from Poland or abroad.

In the case of an application that, for instance, covers interdisciplinary research and is submitted by two applicants, the form should specify the main applicant who assumes all the requirements and duties of the head of the unit implementing International Research Agenda.

The first applicant will perform the function of the head of the unit implementing International Research Agendas Programme (depending on the legal form of the unit – e.g. chairman of the foundation or director). The second applicant may request the position of research group team leader or research coordination director at the new centre. Each of the applicants will be fully engaged in implementing International Research Agendas project, and should be employed by the new unit for at least 50% of a full time equivalent.

Selection procedure

Applications submitted in the competition will be evaluated on formal and merit-based terms. After receiving a positive formal evaluation, the application will be passed on for the merit-based evaluation, which takes place in three stages:

In the first stage, the application will be evaluated by a group of experts (The Scientific and Economic Panel) with appropriate research achievements and/or experience in implementing innovative R&D solutions.

In the second stage, the application will be evaluated by at least two external reviewers – experts in the field in which the unit is to conduct research.

In the third stage of the competition, the experts on the Interdisciplinary Panel of Experts will interview the applicant and a representative of the foreign partner unit indicated in the application. The panel will be composed of experts representing various fields of science as well as, optionally, an expert serving as an observer. The panel will then compare the applications, rank them, and evaluate them based on the adopted criteria.

The terms and conditions of participation are the same for all applicants and are described in detail in two separate competition documents for the programme, including documentation dedicated to the IRAP PLUS module (link) for applicants who are also applying for funding under the Teaming Programme.

NOTE:

Due to the extensive, multi-level competition procedure in the International Research Agendas Programme, the results of the competition will not be published all at once, but successively, after completion of the competition procedure, for each applicant.

The Competition Documentation is the binding document with regards to the terms and conditions of the International Research Agendas programme. The Legal opinions should be depended on only to the extent to which they reflect the regulations of the Competition Documentation.

The English documentation for the IRA programme is only a translation. The Polish version is binding.

CALL CLOSING DATE

Competition 10/2018 National Edition
Deadline for Part I of Application: June 29th 2018
Deadline for Part II of Application: August 10th 2018
Deadline for Part III of Application: November 14th 2018
Submission of Parts II and III of the application will only be possible following an invitation from the IRAP programme officer.

Upcoming calls for proposals

Competition for Teaming programme beneficiaries, PLUS Module 11/2018 - April 2018
Competition for projects from outside of the Mazowieckie Province 12/2018 - July 2018

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Additional info

Each unit which will receive funding in the programme will carry out their proposed research agenda by way of a number of research groups, the work of which will be outlined in the application.

Group leaders will be recruited by means of an international competition run by the International Scientific Committee. The Committee will be composed of world-class scientific authorities in the filed represented by the unit as well as, when relevant, representatives of business with experience in collaboration with scientists in R&D projects or in implementing new technologies. The competitions for positions on the project must be conducted in line with the recruitment rules outlines in The European Charter for Researchers.

The programme is funded under axis IV of the Smart Growth Operational Programme, Measure 4.3.

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Competition for funding the purchase of specialist equipment

As part of the competition, funding will be provided for the purchase of specialist equipment, understood as a set of testing, measurement or laboratory devices with a low degree of universality and high technical parameters.

It is possible to purchase equipment necessary for the significant development of a project implemented under the International Research Agendas programme and/or for the development of the R&D human resources engaged in the project.

Applications are welcome from International Research Agendas project managers, acting jointly with the research unit where the project is being carried out.

The amount requested for the purchase of equipment should not exceed PLN 3,500,000. In justified cases, the Foundation may accept applications for amounts exceeding the above limit.

International Research Agendas project managers may file more than one application.

For more information please contact the coordinator of the programme: dr Katarzyna Wybrańska, phone no: +48 22 845 95 47, e-mail: wybranska@fnp.org.pl.

Additional materials:

Webinar „How to submit an application for funding the purchase of specialized equipment”: link.

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