TEAM-NET

The TEAM-NET programme grants research units resources for funding interdisciplinary research carried out by a network of cooperating research teams managed by outstanding scientists.

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Goals

The objective of the TEAM-NET programme is to facilitate the implementation of large-scale interdisciplinary research in Poland, to intensify supra-regional cooperation between research units, and to develop competences related to utilising the available research infrastructure or the development of new research technologies and services.

The programme will be a continuation of the previous measures taken by the Foundation for supporting the development of the R&D sector workforce’s potential by providing resources for team projects carried out by experienced researchers throughout the world, and for researchers at early stages of their careers.

Addressees

An applicant in the programme may be (1) an entity representing research units listed in the application or (2) a consortium consisting of several entities representing research units listed in the application.

Applications may be filed by 3 to 6 research units. In the case of applications filed by a group of 3-5 units, at least one of them must have an “A” category, and when a group consists of 6 units, at least two of them must have this category.

Units submitting a project application must represent cumulatively at least two fields of science (in line with the Appendix to the Regulation of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of 8 August 2011 on areas of knowledge, fields of science and arts and scientific and artistic disciplines).

A consortium should preferably consist of units from at least two Provinces.

Offer

The TEAM-NET competition provides funds for an interdisciplinary research programme from at least two different fields of science implemented through a network of cooperating research teams based in units submitting the application. The programme can be likened to an R&D project including a detailed research problem or a socio-economic challenge, working methods, and an approach to solving the problem or challenge, and also the tasks related to preparing knowledge transfer. The project thus covers the implementation of industrial research and development work or experimental development work.

The TEAM-NET programme is intended for funding projects on subjects on the list of National Smart Specialisations; however, due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, it may include components carried out by researchers representing the social sciences or humanities.

A research project may be implemented by 3 to 6 teams. The project budget amounts to PLN 3.5 million per team for 36 months.

Funding may be awarded for 36 to 48 months.

The funds may be spent, inter alia, on the remuneration of team leaders and members, scholarships for team members, and the costs of implementing an interdisciplinary research programme.

Procedure

TEAM-NET programme-competition applications are subject to formal and substantive assessment.

Formally approved applications are referred for substantive assessment based on access criteria and scoring criteria in accordance with the catalogue of project selection criteria.

Substantive assessment is made by the Project Assessment Committee (PAC), composed of experts appointed from FNP’s list who have a demonstrable track-record in research, as well as experience in implementing innovative R&D solutions.

During the 1st PAC Meeting, PAC members will analyse individual applications for compliance with the assessment criteria, and indicate if applications require corrections/additions, if any.

During the 2nd PAC Meeting, PAC members assess the applications, taking into account potential amendments and corrections, if the criteria allow for such amendments and corrections, and explanations. As part of the assessment procedure, the PAC will meet with the Applicant at FNP’s headquarters to give the Applicant an opportunity to address PAC’ questions and doubts, if any.

Following PAC’s substantive assessment, a list of projects recommended to receive funding will be compiled. The list of prospective beneficiaries is then subject to acceptance by FNP’s Board and approval by the Intermediate Body.

Lists of projects selected to receive funding, as well as lists of projects which met the criteria and achieved minimum scores required but did not receive funding, are published on the Foundation’s website and Smart Growth Operational Programme (SG OP) websites.

For a detailed description of how and according to what criteria the projects are assessed, see the Competition Rules and Regulations and Annex 2 thereto (“Project selection criteria in the TEAM-NET competition”).

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Project management

Projects will be managed by the Project Leader and the management team.

The Project Leader must have at least 10 years’ experience in R&D work and project management. His role will primarily consist of coordinating the work of research teams.

Each management team should consist of one representative of each entity listed in the application; the representative must have at least 5 years’ experience in R&D work and project management. At least one person in the team should have at least 5 years’ experience in implementing research work results in economic practice, or providing research services. The person will be in charge of the development of cooperation within the project between research units and entrepreneurs.

The quality of the research work and the activities of the research group leaders will be supervised by the Scientific and Economic Panel (KNG), consisting of 5 to 9 experts in the field covered by the application. At least half the members must be employed in entities other than those of the applicants, and at least one third of the members should be representatives of entrepreneurs operating in the field covered by the application (e.g. representatives of a chamber of commerce, a science and technology association, or a cluster).

Research teams

A research project may be implemented by 3 to 6 research teams. In each team there should be at least 3 individuals – students, PhD students or junior postdoctoral researchers (up to 9 years from receiving their academic degree in the year of recruiting the team). Furthermore, the team may include technical staff members or up to two people with an academic degree necessary for conducting R&D work or for supervising junior team members (appointed by the Project Leader and approved by the Scientific and Economic Panel and FNP).

Recruitment for the projects

Research group leaders are selected and accepted by the project’s Scientific and Economic Panel. At least half the research teams will be managed by leaders selected in a competition (supervised by KNG in terms of meeting the project conditions) who in the previous 2 years had not been employed in any entity of the applicants.

In the case of PhD students and junior postdoctoral researchers, recruitment takes the form of a competition announced at least on the EURAXESS website. Recruitment takes place according to the rules announced in the Competition Documentation.

The programme is co-financed with the support of the Smart Growth Operational Programme (PO IR).

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