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Three Polish-Austrian projects and one Polish-Swiss project have just joined the ranks of Weave-UNISONO call winners. The NCN will allocate 5.8 million zlotys to fund these research ventures carried out by Polish teams in cooperation with foreign partners.

All three successful Polish-Austrian projects explore issues in the field of physical sciences and engineering. A team of scientists from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Jagiellonian University, headed by Dr hab. Marcin Kozik will study constraint satisfaction problems; researchers from the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw, led by Dr hab. Iwona Stachlewska, will focus on synergetic aerosol remote sensing, while their colleagues from the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology, under Dr inż Agnieszka Krawczyńska, will turn their attention to the tuning of nanomaterials by high-pressure annealing. The NCN allocated a budget of more than 4.15 million zlotys to fund their cooperation with Austrian partners from Vienna and Innsbruck. All joint Polish-Austrian projects were evaluated by the Austrian Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF) in its capacity as the lead agency in the programme.

The list of winners of the Weave-UNISONO call also includes a team from the Mirosław Mossakowski Institute of Experimental Medicine, PAS, headed by Dr hab. Joanna Sypecka, which will study the role of autophagy in oligodendrocytes in perinatal hypoxic-ischaemic brain damage. The project will be carried out in tandem with a Swiss team based at the University of Lausanne; the Polish team was awarded a budget of nearly 1.68 million zlotys from the NCN. In accordance with the LAP procedure, the Polish-Swiss proposal was evaluated by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).


Weave-UNISONO is a call organised within the framework of a multilateral cooperation between research-funding institutions that make up the Science Europe association. It was announced in order to simplify submission and selection procedures for proposals in all disciplines of science, which bring together researchers from two or three different European countries.

The selection process is based on the Lead Agency Procedure (LAP), under which only one partner institution is responsible for the merit-based review of submitted proposals; the other partners accept its results in accordance with a previously signed agreement.

Under Weave, cooperating research teams submit their research proposals in parallel: to the lead agency and to the relevant domestic institutions that participate in the programme. Their joint proposal must include a coherent research plan that clearly spells out the added value of international cooperation.

Until now, 13 Polish research teams, involved in projects conducted in cooperation with Austria, Czech Republic and Switzerland, have made it to the list of Weave-UNISONO winners.

The Weave-UNISONO call accepts proposals on a rolling basis. Polish teams wishing to partner up with colleagues from Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium-Flanders are encouraged to carefully read the call announcement and submit their proposal. Call announcement.