PRELUDIUM: pre-doctoral grants

PRELUDIUM is a funding opportunity intended for pre-doctoral researchers about to embark on their scientific career

Principal Investigator: an individual who is beginning his/her career in research and does not have a doctoral degree. Apart from the supervisor, the team members must not hold a habilitation degree or the title of professor. The number of team members must not exceed 3 persons.

Duration: 12, 24 or 36 months

Evaluation criteria:

  • proposals from within NCN Panels, involving basic research,
  • scientific excellence and the innovative nature of the research project,
  • the research portfolio of the Principal Investigator and his or her supervisor,
  • impact on the development of the research discipline,
  • justification of the planned costs.


  • up to 50,000 PLN for projects lasting 12 months
  • up to 100,000 PLN for projects lasting 24 months
  • up to 150,000 PLN for projects lasting 36 months
  • Cost of research equipment may not exceed 30% of the total budget of the project.
  • Host Institution receives overheads at a rate 20%.

Application: written both in Polish and in English

Call for proposals: twice a year

Detailed information on the PRELUDIUM funding scheme (Polish only).