We have the pleasure to announce the results of the last round of the OPUS 22+LAP/Weave call for projects carried out by Polish researchers in cooperation with German and Slovenian teams. Funding will go to 15 bilateral Polish-German projects (three in art, humanities and social sciences; four in life sciences; and as many as eight in physical sciences and engineering), as well as one trilateral Polish-German-Slovenian project in physical sciences and engineering. The total budget of these projects exceeds PLN 19.9 million.
The subject matter of the bilateral projects to be funded in the framework of OPUS LAP includes issues in ecology. A life sciences project conducted, on the Polish side, by dr hab. Radosław Włodarczyk from the University of Łódź, for example, will study how immune gene diversity and environmental pollution affect the composition of gut microbiota and, as a consequence, individual reproductive performance. The research will be conducted on a population of the common tern in northern Germany. On the German side, the principal investigator is Sandra Bouwhuis from the German Institute of Avian Research.
Ecology in politics will be the subject addressed by dr inż. Zofia Łapniewska from the Jagiellonian University in cooperation with Claudius Gräbner-Radkowitsch from Europa-University Flensburg. The objective of the project is to better understand the impact of the policy of green transformation on EU countries and regions, as well as to identify those areas in which it creates the risk of social and economic polarization.
Improving Earth Orientation Parameter predictions for real-time geodesy is the title of a project in physical sciences and engineering, which will be carried out by prof. dr hab. Jolanta Nastula from the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in tandem with Jan Saynisch-Wagner from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. Their research aims to estimate the accuracy of predictions for Earth Orientation Parameters (EOP) and improve their quality. EOPs describe the orientation of Earth in space and are estimated by measuring the position of various points on its surface with respect to an inertial reference system. Accurate EOP data are of key importance to scientific research, practical use of the global satellite navigation system, space mission planning, but also to regular users who use GPS to decide their travel route or observe the night sky.
The total budget of all bilateral research projects qualified for funding under OPUS 22+LAP/Weave in cooperation between the NCN and German Research Foundation (DFG) is over PLN 19 million.
Yet another proposal funded under OPUS 22+LAP/Weave will be a Polish-German-Slovenian project entitled Simultaneous functional near-infrared spectroscopy and optically pumped magnetometer-based magnetoencephalography for neurovascular coupling imaging. The three collaborating teams will be headed by prof. dr hab. inż. Adam Liebert from the Maciej Nałęcz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Tilmann Sander-Thömmes from Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, and Zvonko Jagličić from the University of Ljubljana. The budget of the project exceeds 860 thousand zlotys.
Lead Agency Procedure – LAP
The OPUS 22 + LAP/Weave call invited researchers to vie for funding for research projects to be carried out either independently or in bi- and trilateral cooperation under the LAP procedure, projects conducted with other foreign partners or those that would require the use of large international research equipment. The call was targeted at researchers at all career levels. The LAP procedure is a new proposal evaluation standard adopted at European research-funding institutions, designed to facilitate the funding application process for international research teams and streamline proposal review.
All the positive and negative decisions for OPUS LAP proposals submitted in bilateral cooperation with the German Research Foundation (DFG) and trilateral cooperation with the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) were sent out today. Please remember that the decisions of the NCN Director are delivered to the applicant electronically, to the address indicated in the proposal.
If the applicant is an entity mentioned in art. 27 (1)-(7) and (9) of the Act on the NCN, the decision will only be delivered to the Electronic Inbox (ESP ePUAP) provided in the proposal. If the applicant is a natural person and has listed an ePUAP address in the proposal, the decision will be sent to that address. Otherwise, a message will be sent to the applicant’s indicated e-mail account, containing a link from which the decision of the NCN Director can be downloaded.
The funding decisions of the Director of the National Science Centre are also communicated to the principal investigator, and, if the applicant is a natural person, to the host institution indicated in the proposal.
If you do not receive a decision, please make sure that the address (ESP, ePUAP, e-mail) listed in your proposal is correct. If not, contact the person in charge of the proposal, as indicated in the ZSUN/OSF system.