OPUS is a funding opportunity intended for a wide range of applicants. The research proposal submitted under this scheme may include the purchase or construction of research equipment.
- OPUS 23 – closed on 15 June 2022
- OPUS 22 + LAP/Weave – closed on 15 December 2021
- OPUS 21 - closed on 15 June 2021
- OPUS 20 +LAP - closed on 15 December 2020
- OPUS 19 - closed on 16 June 2020
- OPUS 18 – closed on December 16th, 2019
- OPUS 17 – closed on June 17th, 2019
- OPUS 16 – closed on December 17th, 2018
- OPUS 15 – closed on June 15th, 2018
Eligible Applicants: all researchers, regardless of their experience in research
Duration: 12, 24, 36 or 48 months
Researchers may apply for funding of costs relevant necessary and directly connected to the proposed research, including:
- Personnel (including scholarships for pre-doctoral researchers and post-docs positions)
- Research equipment
- Travel and subsistence costs
- Other: publication costs, collective investigators, devices and software, etc.
- Indirect costs: 2% of direct costs that may be spent on open access to publications and research data; 20% of direct costs that may be spent on the costs that are related indirectly to the research project, including the cost of open access to publications and research data.
There is no cap on funding on an individual project.
- proposals from within NCN Panels, involving basic research,
- scientific quality and the innovative nature of the research project,
- assesment of the track record of the principal investigator (scientific achievments and the results of research projects conducted by the principal investigator, funded from the budget for science),
- impact on the development of the research discipline,
- relevance of the costs planned,
- assessment of project feasibility,
- preparation of the proposal.
Evaluation procedure: merit-based evaluation by peer review panels and external reviewers in two stages
- scholarships for early-stage researchers may be awarded;
- funding may be applied for to cover research projects carried out in international cooperation;
- once a year (in September), research projects may be carried out pursuant to the Lead Agency Procedure, under which bilateral and trilateral projects may be funded, carried out in cooperation with the Austrian, Czech and Slovenian research teams, as well as bilateral projects, carried out in cooperation with German and Swiss partners, co-financed by foreign agencies based on the results of evaluation performed by the NCN.
Application: written partly in Polish and partly in English
Tel: 0048 12 341 9000