NCN awarded the prestigious MSCA COFUND grant again – POLONEZ BIS to be launched in 2021

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

We are pleased to announce that for the second time the National Science Centre in Krakow has received the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND grant. Over 8.8 million euro from the European Commission will fund the continuation of the POLONEZ programme initiated in 2015.

Under POLONEZ BIS, the NCN will recruit 120 experienced scientists to relocate to Poland for 24 months in order to carry out basic research projects at Polish institutions of their choice. In addition to full-time salary, covered mostly from EU funds, researchers will receive money for implementing their own research projects and employing a project team. The research grant will be complemented by an attractive training programme to boost various competences of the Fellows.

In order to better exploit the potential of POLONEZ BIS programme, the NCN will cooperate with four institutional partners:

  • CRAC / Vitae Ltd., based in Cambridge, UK, which will help Fellows to properly plan further development of their scientific careers,
  • Foundation Women Scientists – Polish Women Scientists Network, which will share expert knowledge in the field of Responsible Research and Innovation and will ensure the dissemination of the programme and individual Fellows’ achievements,
  • Startup HUB Poland Foundation, which will ensure the development of cooperation between academia and business,
  • Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw, which will provide Fellows with practical advice on how to implement Open Access policy.

The total budget of the POLONEZ BIS programme is EUR 33.6 million. The first call for proposals will be launched in March 2021.