MAESTRO: advanced grants

MAESTRO is a funding opportunity designed for advanced researchers wanting to conduct pioneering research, including interdisciplinary research which is important for the development of science. Projects within this funding scheme should surpass the current state of knowledge, lead to the creation of a new paradigm, or forge pathways to new frontiers in that field. 

Principal Investigator an advanced researcher. An advanced researcher is a person holding a doctoral degree who in the past 10 years prior to the submission of the proposal has:

  1. published at least five publications in reputable Polish and/or foreign scientific journals,
  2. supervised the implementation of at least two completed research projects selected within domestic or international call for proposals,
  3. meets at least three of the following criteria:
    • has published at least one monograph,
    • has given presentations at well-established international conferences,
    • has been awarded an international prize or award,
    • is or was a member of recognised associations or international scientific organisations,
    • was a member of a scientific committee of at least one recognised international conference,
    • has other significant scientific achievements,
    • and in the case of research activities in art – a person who:
      • has created works of art of international importance or significance to Polish culture,
      • has played an active part in international exhibitions, festivals as well as artistic, musical, theatrical or film events.

Duration: 36, 48 or 60 months

Evaluation criteria:

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


  • No cap on funding for an individual project.
  • Host Institution receives overheads at a rate of 30%.
  • Under the MAESTRO scheme, applicants may seek funding for research equipment up to 500,000 PLN for projects in the fields of life sciences and physical sciences and engineering, and up to 150,000 PLN in the field of arts, humanities and social sciences.

Application: written in both Polish and English

Call for proposals: once a year

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