We have the pleasure of presenting the ranking list for the call for research components in projects funded under the “Polish Returns 2020 Programme – COVID 19 edition”, launched by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA). In this edition of the call, the NAWA review team selected only one project with the research component. The proposal submitted to the NCN was underwent only an eligibility check.
The research component to be funded is part of a project entitled “Functional properties of viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, the main target of COVID-19 therapy”, carried out by Dr Tomasz Turowski from the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The research results will provide new and valuable information on COVID-19 and its possible treatment.
The objective of the “Polish Returns” programme is to enable outstanding Polish researchers working abroad to return to Poland and take up employment at Polish research centres. Last year, in response to the global pandemic, the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange announced a special edition of the programme in order to expand our knowledge of and solve major problems related to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its consequences. Within the framework of the cooperation between the NAWA and the NCN, the costs of basic research within the research component, in the form of a starting grant, are covered by the National Science Centre.