SONATA: PhD holder grants (2-7 years after PhD award)

SONATA is a funding opportunity intended to support the Principal Investigator in conducting innovative basic research, using advanced research equipment and/or an original methodology.

  • SONATA 16 - open until December 15th, 2020
  • SONATA 15 – open until December 16th, 2019
  • SONATA 14 – open until December 17th, 2018
  • SONATA 13 – closed on September 15th, 2017

Principal Investigator: a person about to embark on career in research with a doctoral degree obtained within 2-7 years of submission of the proposal.

Projects carried out by research teams must consist of  no more than one researcher holding a habilitation degree or the title of professor and on condition that they are collaborators from an institution other than the host institution of the Principal Investigator.

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,
  • evaluation of the results of research projects conducted by the Principal Investigator, funded from the budget for science,
  • impact on the development of the research discipline,
  • justification of the planned costs.

Evaluation procedure: 2-step merit-based evaluation by peer review panels and external reviewers


Researchers may apply for funding of costs relevant necessary and directly connected to the proposed research, including:

  • Personnel (including scholarships pre-doctoral researchers and post-doc positions)
  • Consumables
  • Research equipment: up to 500 000 PLN (ca. 119 000 EUR) for projects in the fields of life sciences or physical sciences and engineering; up to 150 000 PLN (ca. 35 000 EUR) in the field of arts, humanities and social sciences
  • Travel and subsistence costs
  • Outsourcing
  • Other: publication costs, collective investigators, devices and software, etc.
  • Overheads: up to 20%

There is no cap on funding for an individual project.

Application: written partly in Polish and partly in English

Call timeline


Tel: 0048 12 341 9000