TEAM-TECH Core Facility Plus

Grants for research teams headed by leading scientists carrying out R&D projects related to designing and developing research services with the use of advanced research equipment. Projects lasting up to 18 months will be financed under the programme. The project budget is approximately PLN 3,500,000.



Additional funds for the beneficiaries of the Smart Growth Operational Programme Measure 4.4 for research on the COVID-19 pandemic


The aim of the TEAM-TECH Core Facility Plus programme is to improve human potential in the R&D sector in team projects pursued by scientists (regardless of nationality) having outstanding experience in implementing the results of scientific research in economic practice, or in providing research services or operating research equipment for corporate customers or other customers including other research units.

Projects to be carried out under the TEAM-TECH Core Facility programme should involve R&D work on a new or improved service with the use of advanced research equipment.


Eligible applicants are those researchers (regardless of nationality) who have at least a PhD degree as well as research or commercialisation experience confirmed by international achievements, who intend to include young researchers – students, PhD students or young doctors (postdocs) – in their team.

Applicant at the proposal stage proposes at least 2- and up to a 3-person team consisting of at least 2 students, PhD students or doctors who have graduated not earlier than 5 years prior to the application deadline.

For the duration of the project, the project manager (principal investigator; PI) shall be employed at the unit, with a commitment of at least 50% of a full-time employment for the purposes of project realisation. In justified cases the applicant may apply for lower commitment for project realisation (but no less than 30% of full-time employment). In such cases the application has to include extra information and documents related to the deputy project manager (deputy-PI) permanently overseeing the team’s work. If the project will be carried out by a scientific-industrial consortia, the applicant has to assign at least 50% of full-time employment to the project and may not appoint a deputy.


Projects lasting up to 18 months will be financed under the programme.

The Foundation does not determine in any way the maximum amount of the project budget that can be claimed with the competition application, however, for the purpose of estimation, the average budget of the TEAM-TECH Core Facility Plus project is approximately PLN 1,500,000 for the project lasting 18 months. The project budget submitted with the competition application should be planned accordingly by the Project Manager, i.e. reflecting appropriately all the costs necessary to carry out the project, as for the day of submission of the application.

Financing under the TEAM-TECH Core Facility Plus programme will be provided to projects whose subject matter is listed on the National Smart Specialization (NSS; PL – KIS) list; in exceptional cases, while giving preference to NSS areas, the Foundation may agree to finance projects involving topics not on the NSS list if they show significant application potential or importance for solving a major socioeconomic problem.

Projects under the programme can be implemented in one of three options:

  • by research units to the extent to which they conduct economic activity (pursuant to the principles of granting state aid for R&D activity),
  • by enterprises (pursuant to the principles of granting state aid for R&D activity),

by scientific units to the extent to which the economic activity has or will have an auxiliary character (without granting state aid).


Applications submitted in the competition will be subject to a formal and merit-based evaluation. After receiving a positive formal evaluation, applications will undergo a three-stage merit-based evaluation:

In stage one, the merits of the applications will be evaluated by a group of experts (a scientific and economic panel, or SEP) having proper scientific achievements or experience in implementing innovative solutions in the R&D sector.

In stage two, the applications will be evaluated by at least two third-party reviewers.

In stage three, the applicants who qualify will be invited to an interview with an interdisciplinary panel of experts (IPE).

The panel of experts will compare the applications and draw up a ranking list as well as evaluating them on the basis of the criteria set down in the competition documentation.

The terms of participation are the same for all applicants and are described in detail in the programme’s competition documentation.


There are no future calls planned as part of this program.
For further information about possibilities for conducting research in Poland please check the job openings in our recipients’ projects.

Additional info

Support under the programme should enable researcher at the start of their scientific careers, namely students, PhD students and young doctors (postdocs), to gain experience in conducting R&D work in projects related to designing and developing research services with the use of advanced research equipment.

The project manager (PI) is obligated to organize an open competition to choose the team members. Following such recruitment, the team conducting R&D work in the project should have, beside the project leader, a minimum of 2 members (students, PhD students or postdocs).

Rates of remuneration to be utilized within funded projects shall be competitive on an European scale, therefore, similar rates applicable in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) were used for benchmarking.

As regards remuneration (based on an employment contract), the total costs of remuneration together with non-payroll labour costs are eligible costs. The eligible remuneration costs under the programme for working full-time on the project are as follows:

  • Project leader – PLN 27,000/month
  • Deputy project leader – PLN 17,500/month
  • Young postdoc – PLN 15,000/month
  • PhD student – PLN 8,000/month
  • Student – PLN 4,000/month

Students and PhD students may become team members based on an employment contract or a stipend. The stipend amounts should be within the following ranges:

  • for PhD students: PLN 3,500–4,500/month
  • for students: PLN 1,500–2,500/month

The project manager (PI) is obligated to ensure any PhD students taking part in the project adequate scientific supervision and to guarantee them mentoring from a second scientific supervisor. As far as possible, the mentor should be an employee of a foreign partner institution, a domestic partner institution or a unit other than the applicant’s place of employment – a research unit or a company conducting R&D work.

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


Changes in projects

The Foundation for Polish Science invites the beneficiaries of the TEAM, TEAM-TECH (including the core-facility type competitions), FIRST TEAM, HOMING and POWROTY/Reintegrations programmes to apply for financing of new research tasks aimed at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic within the ongoing projects of the Measure 4.4 SG OP.

Who can apply

Application can be submitted by a project manager carrying out a project within the Measure 4.4 „Increasing human potential in the R&D sector” of the Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014–2020 (SG OP), along with a research unit, within the TEAM, TEAM TECH (including the core-facility type competitions), First TEAM, HOMING and POWROTY/Reintegrations programmes.

Applications from beneficiaries carrying out their projects under a state aid scheme will not be considered. In case of consortia the financing can be granted only to a research unit.

The offer

The current call offers:

  • increase in project funding for projects already ongoing within the Measure 4.4 and
  • potential extension of the project implementation period,

which are to enable competitive research on the subject of COVID-19.

If the application is accepted, a new project budget will be adopted, taking into account the costs necessary to perform the tasks presented in the application.

The thematic scope

New research tasks must address topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic, e.g. biological issues of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, medical, epidemic, diagnostic issues, crisis management, etc.

Research issues may fall into any scientific field or have interdisciplinary character.

The budget

To finance the new research tasks the Foundation will spend a total of up to 15 mln PLN.

Application deadline

Applications for project modifications can be submitted from April 15th to May 12th, 2020 until 4:00 pm (local time).

An application may be submitted no later than 3 months before the deadline for completion of the project.

How to submit an application

Applications should be submitted via the Foundation’s electronic system available at

Detailed information on the rules for submitting applications and the application evaluation system can be found in the Supplement to competition documentation for Measure 4.4 of the Smart Growth Operational Programme involving project modifications.


For additional information please contact: dr Anna Raiter-Smiljanic;; tel. 502 648 327 or Programme Officer.

Organizer of the call

Foundation for Polish Science


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