The Foundation has chosen the winners of the first IMPULS competition organized as part of the FNP’s SKILLS project*. The aim of the competition is to promote applied research and develop scientists’ skills related to the commercialization of research and development results. The competition considers innovative ideas and research concepts with commercial potential.
The winners receive the following prizes:
- PLN 120,000 (first prize),
- PLN 100,000 (second prize),
- PLN 80,000 (third prize).
Each prize consists of two parts: 80% is a grant for carrying out the presented research project while 20% is a personal stipend for the prize-winner.
The first call for applications in the IMPULS competition yielded 24 applications. Of these, 14 researchers qualified for stage two in which they presented their projects to a committee comprising specialists from the science and business communities. Taking into account the recommendations of the competition committee, the Foundation Board selected 10 beneficiaries who received prizes worth a total of 920,000 zlotys, including two first prizes, two second prizes and six third prizes.
Applications in the second IMPULS competition are being accepted as of 22 July.
The competition is open to SKILLS project participants, i.e. persons who have been involved in the project (e.g. by taking part in training courses) and therefore have signed a declaration of participation in the SKILLS project and a statement regarding their personal details.
The competition is open to scientists representing any field of research:
- research workers residing in Poland and employed under an employment contract at a research unit based in the Republic of Poland,
- PhD students from Polish research units who reside in Poland,
- graduates of PhD studies up to 12 months from obtaining their doctoral degree who want to carry out their project at a research unit based in the Republic of Poland.
The application deadline in the second competition is 30 September 2014.
We encourage you to take part in training courses and submit applications!
* The SKILLS project is co-financed with European Union funding from the European Social Fund.