Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence – second call

A programme initiated by the Max Planck Society (MPG), jointly managed with the National Science Centre in Poland (NCN), and mutually funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Dioscuri is a programme devised by MPG to support the development of lighthouses of scientific excellence in Central and Eastern Europe by promoting outstanding researchers who want to conduct their research in this region. Following a bottom-up and sustainable approach, it strives to establish future-oriented research fields and international standards of scientific quality. Dioscuri serves to strengthen the European Research Area as a whole and to expand the foundations for long-term economic and social prosperity in Europe.

The joint calls by MPG and NCN are designed to establish Centres of Scientific Excellence at Polish Host Institutions. The work of the Centres will be accompanied by Partners from German universities or research institutions in order to strengthen scientific exchange between Poland and Germany. These Partners will promote the Centres’ structural development and integration in scientific networks. Each DC may decide to expand this partnership tool and turn it into an Advisory Board.

Addressees of the call are internationally competitive researchers with a PhD degree obtained within a period not exceeding fifteen years prior to the submission of their application to Dioscuri.

Polish Scientific Institutions that declared their willingness to host Dioscuri Centres are listed here.


Researchers shall submit proposals using the submission website jointly with a Polish research institution, provided that they were not employed at the institution over 2 years preceding the date of submitting the proposal. Each call awardee shall establish and head a Dioscuri Centre, in which he or she as a DC leader will conduct innovative research at the world’s top level.

Proposal’s evaluation process

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1st Expert’s

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2nd Expert’s

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Funding will be provided by the NCN from the resources contributed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Polish Host Institution will receive up to € 300,000 annually to be spent exclusively on the Dioscuri Centre’s operations.

The funding period for each Dioscuri Centre comprises five years and may be extended for another five years (subject to mid-term evaluation and availability of funds).

The funding may be used to finance:

  • salary of the Principal Investigator: € 100 000 per year,
  • salaries of the DC research team and stipends (stipends according to NCN regulations - Annex to Resolution No 85/2018 of the Council of the National Science Centre of 26 September 2018),
  • costs related to the research conducted at the DC (consumables, travel, publications, outreach activities etc.),
  • costs of joint activities with the Partner from Germany.

The funding cannot be used for expenses relating to:

  • infrastructure,
  • scientific equipment,
  • administration and overheads.

For more details please read Call announcement.


20th of March 2019

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