TEAM-NET competition: call for applications in October

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In October 2018 the Foundation for Polish Science will open a call for applications for its new TEAM-NET competition, which is funded by the Smart Growth Operational Programme. The Competition regulations are now available on our website.

The main objective of TEAM- NET competition is to encourage Polish research units and researchers working in them to establish closer scientific cooperation. Also, TEAM-NET builds on the objectives of previous programmes implemented by the Foundation as part of Measure 4.4 – “Increasing the human potential in the R&D sector”, such as TEAM, TEAM-TECH (with core facility modules), FIRST TEAM, HOMING and POWROTY/REINTEGRATIONS. TEAM-NET will now adopt a different formula due to FNP’s adopting the role of the Implementing Authority in the said measure.

The TEAM-NET programme will provide funds not for just one but for a network of cooperating research teams, which will be able to implement large-scale interdisciplinary R&D projects.

Funding under the TEAM-NET programme will be available for applicants representing 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 one of the said categories. Cooperation between units from various regions in the country will be given preference.

In order to receive a grant, the applicant (i.e. an entity representing research units listed in the application, or a consortium of such entities) will need to prepare a joint interdisciplinary research project covering at least two research disciplines. The subject matter of the project should also comply with the list of National Smart Specialisations and cover R&D work, so that the project’s outcomes can be used in economic practice. The project’s implementation will be supervised by a Management Team, together with the Scientific and Economic Panel (KNG) performing management and advisory functions.

The research project will be implemented by 3 to 6 teams based in research units represented by the applicant in a period of 3 to 4 years. The teams will be managed by outstanding scientists from Poland and abroad, selected in the competition procedure supervised by KNG. The work will be performed by junior researchers selected through open competitions: students, PhD students and junior postdoctoral researchers.

Each team may receive funding of up to PLN 3.5 million for 36 months. The teams will be able to spend funds, i.a., on the remuneration of team leaders and members, scholarships, and the costs of implementing interdisciplinary research programmes.

The call for applications within the TEAM-NET programme will be open from 1 to 31 October 2018. The competition’s budget will be PLN 100 million.

More information on the programme is available on the PROGRAMME’S WEBSITE.

Representatives of research units and researchers interested in the TEAM-NET programme are invited to the information meeting to be held in the Foundation’s headquarters on 26 September 2018. Registration for the meeting will open in early September. The meeting will be broadcast online.

More information:

  • TEAM-NET competition website – LINK
  • Competition regulations – LINK

See also:

  • TEAM-NET_call for projects announcement – LINK

For more information on the programme, please contact:

  • Beata Frączak, PhD, Head of Programme Coordination Section, tel. 22 845 95 43
  • Dariusz Łukaszewski, PhD Eng., Coordinator of the Projects Commercialisation Section, tel. 22 311 84 25