PRELUDIUM: pre-doctoral grants

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

*The Principal Investigator must be 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.  

Only proposals from within NCN Panels, involving basic research may be submitted in response to NCN calls for proposals.

Duration: at least 12 months and up to 36 months

Evaluation criteria: scientific excellence and the innovative nature of the research project, the research portfolio of the Principal Investigator and his or her supervisor


  • 50,000 PLN for projects lasting 12 months
  • 100,000 PLN for projects lasting 24 months
  • 150,000 PLN for projects lasting 36 months

Cost of research equipment may not exceed 30% of the total budget of the project.

Application: written both in Polish and in English

Call for proposals: twice a year

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