Online lectures by winners of 2022 NCN Award

Wed, 11/30/2022 - 15:30
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Karolina Safarzyńska, Piotr Wcisło and Michał Bogdziewicz will talk about their research in the “Science at the Centre” series. The winners of the 2022 NCN Award will deliver their lectures on 7, 15 and 21 December 2022.

The „Science at the Centre” is a series of meeting with scientists launched by the National Science Centre in cooperation with the Copernicus Centre Foundation. The online lectures are delivered online and viewed on the YouTube channel of the Copernicus Centre. The first lectures featured winners of the 2020 and 2021 NCN Award. Karolina Safarzyńska, Piotr Wcisło and Michał Bogdziewicz, winners of this year’s NCN Award for early-stage researchers, will talk about their research in December 2022.

Piotr Wcisło, winner of the NCN Award in Physical Sciences and Engineering will discuss his research on 7 December.

Piotr Wcisło is a physicist and professor at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń who carried won the NCN Award for developing a new method of searching for dark matter, using optical atomic clocks and relying on high-precision laser spectroscopy to test quantum theory and look for a new physics beyond the standard model. He has served as a principal investigator under five NCN grants. In November 2022, he won a Starting Grant of the European Research Council for a project aimed at studying the structure of a hydrogen molecule with an improved accuracy of measurement.

Karolina Safarzyńska and Michała Bogdziewicza will deliver their lectures on 15 and 21 December 2022, respectively. Researchers may be asked questions during the meetings. All meetings will start at 6 p.m.. The footage will be available online.

The first “Science at the Centre” lectures were delivered by winners of the 2020 and 2021 NCN Award and viewed by over 90 000 people.

2022 NCN Award footage

POLONEZ BIS 1 – additional projects funded

Thu, 11/24/2022 - 15:31
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Following the decision of three applicants not to carry out their projects funded under POLONEZ BIS 1 Call, the National Science Centre launched the procedure to fund proposals placed on the waiting lists. The funding decision was issued to two projects representing the domain of Physical Sciences and Engineering and to one project representing Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr. Laura Florentino Madiedo will work at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology on upgrading of H2 production by bio-oil steam reforming through the development of catalyst based on rhenium. Dr. Alexander Serzhikovich Ayriyan will carry out the project entitled  "Bayesian analysis of the equation of state of dense nuclear matter" at the University of Wrocław.  The third of the shortlisted projects will be based at the Polish Centre of  Mediterranean Archaeology of the University of Warsaw. Its Principal Investigator, Dr Mari Yamasaki,  will focus on the perception of underwater spaces by ancient communities living along the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas.

Additional ranking list

The waiting lists under the POLONEZ BIS 1 Call were approved by the Expert Teams and include proposals which were awarded at least 70 points, but fell outside the limit funds allocated by the Council for research projects within specific groups of disciplines. The Centre refused to grant funds to implement the proposals placed on the waiting lists, with a reservation that a project placed on the waiting list may receive funding if another applicant resigns.

ERC Starting Grants 2022

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 12:02
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The European Research Council has just published the winners of Starting Grants 2022. Four Poland-based researchers, who also head NCN-funded projects, will be able to start out on their research.

The winners of this round of Starting Grants include: Dr. hab Katharina Boguslawski and Dr. hab. Piotr Wcisło, from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Dr inż. Rafał Kucharski from the Jagiellonian University and Dr Adam Kłosin from the Marceli Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS. Grants were awarded to several Polish scientists working abroad. In total, the ERC will fund 408 projects.

The NCN Award and the StG in one year

Katharina Boguslawski and Piotr Wcisło both work at the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science of the Nicolaus Copernicus University. Piotr Wcisło studies the simplest atomic and molecular systems, whose structure can be derived from the fundamental laws of quantum theory, and uses cutting-edge laser technologies to measure their properties with a high degree of precision. In October 2022, he won the NCN Award, the most prestigious distinction given out to young researchers in Poland, in recognition of his use of high-precision laser spectroscopy to test quantum theory and look for a new physics beyond the standard model.

The ERC now decided to fund his project, which aims to investigate the structure of a hydrogen molecule with a degree of precision thus far unheard of. Entitled “New Experimental Methods for Trapping Cold Molecular Hydrogen”, the project will be funded with 1.9 million euro over a period of 5 years. Molecular hydrogen is a very attractive object for study in fundamental physics, because it is the simplest molecule to be found anywhere in nature: it consists of just two protons and two electrons. Its properties can be very accurately calculated from quantum theory laws, but the molecule is difficult to measure experimentally on account of its very weak interactions with electromagnetic fields. “Nobody in the community is even talking of trapping molecular hydrogen. What our proposal shows is not only that there are no fundamental physical obstacles to doing so, but that we already know how to do it with the use of instruments such as, for instance, powerful lasers and superconducting coils”, the winner says.

Wcisło has served as a principal investigator in five NCN grants, some of which are still in progress. “The research group I have set up largely relies on NCN funding. If it wasn’t for the NCN, I would never be a researcher in Poland”, he says. He has won multiple awards and distinctions, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, USA and a Fulbright fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Revolutionary computing models

Katharina Boguslawski is a quantum chemist, whose research combines chemistry, physics, mathematics and applied computer science. She focuses on developing innovative computing methods that will allow us to model the properties of large chemical molecules without the need for experiments. The ERC awarded her with a grant of more than 1.2 million euro for a project entitled “Devising Reliable Electronic Structure Schemes through Eclectic Design”. Boguslawski sets out to revolutionise the methodology of creating new materials with enhanced properties without increasing simulation computing costs. “I want to overhaul the computational paradigms that are currently employed in organic electronics to design more efficient photovoltaics, for instance”, she says. Some of her findings may find industrial applications. The project also aims to develop a black box computing tool, which can be used to model materials with the use of quantum chemistry.

Prof. Boguslawski graduated from her MSc and PhD programmes at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, and went on to complete postdoctoral fellowships at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich and McMaster University in Canada. She has won many prestigious awards. The research that laid the groundwork for her ERC proposal took ten years. Boguslawski is also a principal investigator under NCN’s SONATA grant. “I proposed new mathematical models for the study of heavy elements, e.g. compounds found in radioactive waste from nuclear power plants”, the scientist explains and adds that carrying out an NCN grant was “the first step on her way to the ERC”. “That was my first experience as a principal investigator and research team leader. Having experience of this kind is very important for the ERC.”

Urban games with AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is gradually outsmarting us in a variety of fields. It can already beat us at chess, or strategic and action games, and it has recently won a painting competition. AI enjoys an advantage because it has access to real-time data and computations that allow it to take faster and better decisions. Advanced algorithms are already used in education, medicine, defence, agriculture and building design. Rafał Kucharski will now try to determine what impact AI will have on urban mobility. Based at the Jagiellonian University, the transportation and machine learning expert won an ERC StG for his project “Playing Urban Mobility Games with Intelligent Machines. Framework to Discover and Mitigate Human-machine Conflicts”. “How cities work, where traffic jams form, which tram and bus lines are more crowded – all these depend on human interactions and decisions, such as when we leave the house, which route we take and by which means of transportation we travel. If these decisions are taken by AI machines or robots instead, they are likely to get an edge over us”, the scientist says. It may turn out that AI-equipped car owners will spend much less time stuck in traffic, while those without this technology will face greater costs, as scarce resources are used up by artificial intelligence. “In my project, I want to test whether this is indeed inevitable, explore how we can co-exist with machines and find a way to prevent negative scenarios”, Kucharski adds. The ERC awarded him 1.49 million euro in funding. The project will take five years to complete.

Traffic, image Marcin WierzchowskiTraffic, image Marcin Wierzchowski

Rafał Kucharski took an interest in transportation when studying and working at the Krakow University of Technology, “La Sapienza” University of Rome, KIT Karlsruhe, the Technical University of Delft and various tech companies. He has designed traffic prediction algorithms, which have already been used in places such as Beijing, Dusseldorf, Abu-Dhabi and Turin, as well as transportation models used for strategic urban development in Krakow and Warsaw. In Delft, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in a project funded by the European Research Council. He is also a winner of an NCN OPUS grant, which is currently in progress at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Jagiellonian University and focuses on shared mobility during the pandemic. “The fact that I am currently conducting my own project and managing a research team of four was very well received by ERC reviewers”, Kucharski says.

A better insight into gene expression

Adam Kłosin is a cell biologist and geneticist studying the mechanisms of gene expression in eukaryotes. The purpose of his StG ERC project, entitled “The Spatial Organization of Gene Regulation in Embryonic Development”, is to study the processes that regulate the spatial organisation of gene expression during the embryonic development and stress response of the model organism, Caenorhabditis elegans. During embryonic development and stress response, transcription factors that regulate gene activity create local condensations in the cell nucleus. Research carried out over the last decade suggests that condensates of this kind form as a result of localised phase separation. Using high-resolution confocal microscopy, the project will investigate their properties, functions and regulation, and then develop new techniques for the study of interactions between transcription factors and genetic material found in the chromatin sampled from nematode cells. The project will contribute to a better understanding of the basic mechanisms of gene regulation during cell differentiation in normal development, as well as under conditions of environmental stress (e.g. at elevated temperatures).

Condensates formed by transcription factor HSF-1 in nuclei of an early C. elegans embryo during heat stress, photo A. KłosinCondensates formed by transcription factor HSF-1 in nuclei of an early C. elegans embryo during heat stress, photo A. Kłosin

Adam Kłosin studied at universities in Perugia and Dresden, earned his PhD at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics in Dresden. He is a winner of the “Polish Returns” programme, organised by the NAWA in 2022, within the framework of which he will carry out a research project funded by the NCN and entitled “Znaczenie wewnętrznie nieuporządkowanych domen białkowych w różnicowaniu komórek”/”The Role of Intrinsically Disordered Protein Domains in Cell Differentiation”.

Support from people and institutions

ERC 2022 winners emphasise that, throughout their application process, they were lucky to enjoy the support of many people and institutions, including their home universities, the Office of Excellence, PAS and KPK NCBR. They could discuss their proposals with specialists in their fields and, at the second stage of the call, took part in presentation delivery workshops and consultations with native speakers. “If you try to prepare an ERC proposal single-handedly, you are setting yourself up for failure, I think”, says Piotr Wcisło.

 

  • Starting Grants are available to researchers within 2 to 7 years of their PhD defence, for projects of up to 5 years; the ERC supports innovative ideas in all disciplines of science.
  • In total, this round of the call attracted 2932 calls; 408 of these won funding, for a success rate of c. 14%. Grant winners represent 46 nationalities and work in 26 different countries. Grants will also be carried out by six Polish researchers affiliated at foreign institutions.
  • In previous rounds, the European Research Council awarded 37 Starting Grants to researchers working in Poland. With 10 grant winners, 2021 was the most successful year for Poland thus far.

ERC website

CHIST-ERA Call 2022

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2 November 2022

The National Science Centre (“NCN”), in cooperation with the CHIST-ERA network, hereby launches a call for international research projects in the following areas of:

  1. Security and Privacy in Decentralised and Distributed Systems (SPiDDS)
  2. Machine Learning-based Communication Systems, towards Wireless AI (WAI)

Funding proposals may be submitted by international consortia composed of at least three research teams from at least three countries participating in the call. The principal investigator of the Polish research team must hold at least a PhD degree.

Participating countries:

Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Kingdom.

The application procedure:

  • International level: joint proposals are drafted by the Polish research teams in cooperation with the foreign partners (in English) and submitted to the electronic submission system of the CHIST-ERA network (ESS)
  • National level: NCN proposals concerning the Polish part of the project are drafted by the Polish research team and submitted to the NCN electronically via the OSF submission system within 7 days of the date by which joint proposals must be submitted at international level.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a single-stage call which means that only full joint proposals are submitted at international level. More on the application procedure at international level can be found in the Call Text available on the website of the CHIST-ERA network.

Call Timeline:

  • Submission deadline for joint proposals in ESS: 2 February 2023, 5 p.m. CET
  • Submission deadline for NCN proposals in OSF: 9 February 2023
  • Call results: July 2023
  • Project start date: October 2023

Under the CHIST-ERA 2022 Call, funds can be applied for to cover salaries for members of the research team, salaries and scholarships for students and PhD students, purchase or manufacturing of research equipment and other costs crucial to the research project.

The total funding allocated by the NCN for research tasks to be performed by the Polish research teams under the call is 500 000 EUR.

Please read:

  • call documents available at https://www.chistera.eu/ (applies to all applicants in the call);
  • information for applicants below and all annexes hereto (applies only to researchers applying for NCN funding).

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Who may apply for NCN funding?

Proposals in the call may be submitted by the following entities specified in the Act on the National Science Centre (NCN):

  1. universities;
  2. federations of science and HE entities;
  3. research institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences operating pursuant to the Act on the Polish Academy of Sciences of 30 April 2010 (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 1796, as amended);
  4. research institutes operating pursuant to the Act on Research Institutes of 30 April 2010 (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 1383, as amended);
  5. international research institutes established pursuant to other acts and acting in the Republic of Poland;
  • 5a. Łukasiewicz Centre operating pursuant to the Act on the Łukasiewicz Research Network of 21 February 2019 (Journal of Laws 2020, item 2098);
  • 5b. institutes operating within the Łukasiewicz Research Network;
  1. Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences;
  2. other entities involved in research independently on a continuous basis;
  3. groups of entities (at least two entities mentioned in sections 1-7 or at least one institution as such together with at least one company);
  4. scientific and industrial centres laid down in the Act on Research Centres of 30 April 2010 (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 1383, as amended);
  5. research centres of the Polish Academy of Sciences laid down in the Act on the Polish Academy of Sciences of 30 April 2010 (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 1796);
  6. scientific libraries;
  7. companies operating as R&D centres laid down in the Act on certain forms of support for innovation activities of 30 May 2008 (Journal of Laws of 2021, item 706);
  8. legal entities with registered office in Poland;

13a. President of the Central Office of Measures;

  1. natural persons and
  2. companies conducting research in other organisational form than set forth in sections 1-13a.

If research projects are to be carried out by two or more Polish entities applying for NCN funding, they must set up a group of entities (see item 8 above) and as such submit NCN proposals. An NCN proposal is submitted by a leader specified in the research project cooperation agreement concluded by the group of entities. An entity employing the principal investigator acts as the leader of the group of entities.

If, pursuant to Article 27 (1) (2) of the NCN Act, Polish entities cannot set up groups of entities, they are not eligible to apply for NCN funding of a joint research project.

Who may act as a principal investigator?

The principal investigator of the Polish research team must hold at least a PhD degree when submitting a proposal. Additional restrictions on submitting NCN proposals are laid down in Chapter IV of the Terms and regulations on awarding funding for research tasks funded or co-funded under international calls launched by the National Science Centre and carried out as multilateral collaboration UNISONO, annexed to NCN Council Resolution No 28/2022
of 2 March 2022.

What are the topics covered by the call?

The call covers the following subjects:

  1. Security and Privacy in Decentralised and Distributed Systems (SPiDDS)
  2. Machine Learning-based Communication Systems, towards Wireless AI (WAI)

More information on the subject of the call can be found in the CHIST-ERA Call Text.

Polish researchers may apply for NCN funding of their basic research projects.

NCN proposals comprising research tasks overlapping with research tasks to be carried out in another proposal that has been already submitted in an NCN call may only be submitted once the evaluation or appeal concerning the earlier proposal has been concluded to the effect other than granting funding.

What is the project duration?

Research projects may be planned in the call for a period of either 24 or 36 months.

What are the positions for members of the research team?

Apart from the principal investigator, research tasks in research projects may be performed by co-investigators, including students and PhD students as well as post-docs.

A post-doc type post is a full-time post designated by the principal investigator for a person who has been awarded a PhD degree in the year of employment in the project or within 7 years before 1 January of the year of employment in the project. This period may be extended pursuant to the Types of costs in research projects funded by the National Science Centre.

PLEASE NOTE: A post-doc position may be occupied by a person who has been awarded a PhD degree by another entity than the one planning to employ him/her at this post or has completed a continuous and evidenced post-doctoral fellowship of at least 10 months in another entity than the participating entity and in another country than the one in which he/she have been awarded a PhD degree. A prospective post-doc must be selected in an open call.

PhD students receiving NCN scholarships for research must be selected in an open call.

Scholarship grantees and post-docs must not be named in joint proposals or NCN proposals.

The rationale for involvement of individual members of the research team in the project shall be evaluated by an international expert team. The project must include the description of competencies and tasks to be performed by individual members of the research team.

For more information on the budget for salaries and scholarships, go to the Types of costs in research projects funded by the National Science Centre under international calls carried out as multilateral collaboration UNISONO.

The terms of the call do not specify the maximum number of research team members.

How should the budget be planned?

We recommend that Polish applicants should consult the budget table of the Polish part of the project (see the Budget Table of the Polish research team) with the NCN. The budget table in .xlsx format should be sent to alicja.dylag@ncn.gov.pl by 16 January 2023.

Creating a project budget is one of the most important aspects in the project planning which aims at identifying the required resources and estimating the costs required to perform the research tasks. The project budget must be based on realistic calculations and must comply with the guidelines laid down in the Types of costs in research projects funded by the National Science Centre within the multilateral collaboration UNISONO. The maximum budget of the Polish research team is not pre-determined; however, the justification of the expenses versus the scope of tasks is assessed by an international expert team.

The budget in the NCN proposal should be quoted in PLN, while the budget in the joint proposal, in EUR.

The EUR budget for the Polish part of the research project in the joint proposal must be calculated according to the following exchange rate: 1 EUR = 4.7244 PLN.

The project budget (eligible costs) includes direct and indirect costs.

Direct costs include:

  1. remuneration:
  • full-time employment: funds for full-time employment of the principal investigator or post-doc(s);
  • additional remuneration for members of the research team. If the principal investigator is not intending to be employed full-time in the project, his/her remuneration is paid from the pool allocated for additional remuneration;
  • salaries and scholarships for students and PhD students;
  1. purchase or construction of research equipment, devices and software;
  2. purchase of materials and small equipment;
  3. outsourcing;
  4. business trips, visits and consultations;
  5. compensation for collective investigators;
  6. other costs crucial to the project which comply with the Types of costs in research projects funded by the National Science Centre under international calls carried out as multilateral collaboration UNISONO.

PLEASE NOTE: The costs of publication of monographs resulting from research projects, as defined in §10 of the Regulation on evaluation of the quality of research activity issued by the Minister of Science and Higher Education on 22 February 2019 (Journal of Laws of 2019, item 392) are not eligible until positively reviewed by the NCN.

Indirect costs include:

PLEASE NOTE: The cost of open access to publications may only be incurred as indirect costs. The cost of open access planned as direct costs will be regarded as a formal error.

If unjustified costs are planned, a proposal may be rejected.

Open access publication of research results

Together with other European research-funding institutions, the National Science Centre is a member of cOAlition S. Therefore, the NCN has adopted its Open Access Policy pursuant to which all research results stemming from NCN-funded research projects must be made available in immediate open access.

In accordance with the principles of Plan S, the National Science Centre recognizes the following publication routes as compliant with its open access policy:

  1. publication in open access journals and on open access platforms registered, or with pending registration, in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ);
  2. publication in subscription journals (hybrid journals), as long as the Version of Record (VoR) or the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) is published, by the author or publisher, in an open repository immediately upon the article’s online publication;
  3. publication in journals covered by an open access licence within the framework of the so-called transformative agreements, inscribed in the Efficiency and Standards for Article Charges registry (ESAC-registry).

 

Can proposals in this call include application for state aid?

Yes, they can. For more information, please go to the State aid rules.

What is the proposal evaluation procedure?

Joint proposals are subject to an eligibility check performed by the NCN, other members of the CHIST-ERA network participating in the call and the CHIST-ERA Call Secretariat.

Joint proposals deemed eligible are subject to merit-based evaluation carried out by an international expert team pursuant to the call text.

NCN proposals are subject solely to an NCN eligibility check carried out by the coordinators.

The eligibility check of NCN proposals includes verification of proposals for completeness, compliance with the call documents and Resolution No 28/2022 adopted by the NCN Council on 2 March 2022, including compliance of the budget with an Annex to the Resolution (“Costs in research projects funded by the National Science Centre in international calls carried out as multilateral collaboration UNISONO”).

PLEASE NOTE: The information provided in NCN proposals and in joint proposals must be consistent and joint proposals annexed to NCN proposals must be the same as joint proposals submitted at international level.

Who performs the merit-based evaluation of proposals?

Only joint proposals are subject to merit-based evaluation. Merit-based evaluation is performed by an international expert team established jointly by the members of the CHIST-ERA network participating in the call. To find out more on the evaluation of proposals, please go to the call text available on the website of the CHIST-ERA network.

When and how will the results be announced?

The CHIST-ERA Call 2022 is expected to be concluded in July 2023.

Firstly, project coordinators will be notified of the outcome. Polish research teams will be notified by way of decisions of the NCN Director.

In the event of a breach of the call procedure or other formal infringements related to actions performed by the NCN, applicants may lodge an appeal against the decision of the NCN Director with the Committee of Appeals of the NCN Council.

Where can additional information be found?

For more information on the call, please go to the website of the CHIST-ERA network. For the terms and regulations on awarding NCN funding in the call, please refer to the Annex to NCN Council Resolution No 28/2022.

Should you have any more questions or queries, please contact us by e-mail or by phone:

Useful information

If you are intending to submit a proposal to the CHIST-ERA Call, please:

  1. read all call documents, in particular:
  1. CHIST-ERA Call Text available on the website of the CHIST-ERA network;
  2. terms of and regulations on awarding funding for research tasks funded or co-funded under international calls launched by the National Science Centre and carried out as multilateral collaboration UNISONO;

Before submitting an NCN proposal to the NCN at national level:

  1. collect the data from the applicant that is required to complete the proposal and find out about the internal procedures that may affect the proposal and project performance (project costs, procedure for acquiring signature(s) of authorised representative(s) of the institution to confirm submission of the proposal); if the proposal is submitted by a group of Polish entities, draw up a Research Project Cooperation Agreement,
  2. make sure that the information in and annexes to the proposal are correct. Checking the proposal for completeness in the OSF submission system with the Sprawdź kompletność [Check completeness] button does not guarantee that the information entered is correct and the required annexes have been attached;
  3. check if the tabs have been completed in the correct language;
  4. disable the final version of the proposal to the NCN; and
  5. download the confirmation of proposal submission which must be signed by the principal investigator and authorised representative(s) of the institution.

Once the proposal has been completed and required annexes have been attached, the proposal shall be submitted to the NCN electronically via the OSF submission system using the Wyślij do NCN [Send to NCN] button.

Once the call for proposals has been closed:

  1. evaluation of proposals shall be carried out;
  2. if the proposal is recommended for funding, a funding agreement shall be entered into;
  3. the project shall be carried out pursuant to the funding agreement and Regulations on awarding funding for research tasks funded or co-funded under international calls launched by the National Science Centre and carried out as multilateral collaboration UNISONO.

In the event of a breach of the call procedure or other formal infringements, the applicant may appeal against the decision of the NCN Director with the Committee of Appeals of the NCN Council. The appeal shall be lodged within 14 days of the effective delivery of the decision.

Call documents

CHIST-ERA network:

The call documents applicable to all applicants are available on the website of the CHIST-ERA Network.

The National Science Centre:

  1. Terms and regulations on awarding funding for research tasks funded or co-funded under international calls launched by the National Science Centre and carried out as multilateral collaboration UNISONO
  2. NCN Council Resolution No 90/2022 on the international CHIST-ERA IV Call 2022
  3. Budget table of the Polish research team
  4. Proposal form template krajowego
  5. Guidelines for applicants to complete NCN proposals in the OSF submission system
  6. Procedure for submitting NCN proposals to the OSF submission system
  7. Regulations on awarding scholarships in NCN-funded research projects
  8. Agreement on cooperation for the purposes of completion of the research project
  9. State aid rules
  10. Guidelines for applicants to complete the ethics issues form in the proposal
  11. Guidelines for applicants to complete the data management plan form in the proposal
  12. NCN’ Open access policy
  13. Guidelines: Open Access Policy
  14. Code of the National Science Centre on research integrity and applying for research funding

Documents applicable to the evaluation of proposals:

  1. Service of decisions of the NCN Director
  2. Guidelines for applicants to appeal against the NCN Director’s decisions

Documents to be read before starting an NCN project:

  1. Agreement template (Agreement template for winners of the previous Era-Net call launched by the NCN – draft version that may be amended when the agreement with the NCN is entered into)
  2. Order establishing a procedure for auditing undertakings selected in the calls funded by the National Science Centre
  3. Guidelines for entities auditing the implementation of research projects funded by the National Science Centre
  4. Evaluation of monographs in research projects funded by the National Science Centre
  5. Information on personal data processing

Prof. Kuźnicki about the NCN budget

Mon, 11/21/2022 - 15:23
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The budget of the NCN has been practically frozen for the past few years and inflation has reduced the real value of NCN grants. If our budget is not increased next year, success rates, which are already rather low enough, will be pushed down even further.

“It would be a good idea to try and persuade decision-makers to grant the NCN an extra 150-200 million PLN in additional funding to buttress its budget for next year. This would increase the success rate for our calls to around 25%”, writes the President of the NCN Council in the latest issue of “Forum Akademickie”.

The President of the NCN Council also presented several possible scenarios that could be adopted by the NCN to stop the success rate from falling even in the absence of extra funding. The Council may, for instance, reduce the number of projects that can be conducted in a parallel fashion, introduce funding limits or cancel one of the calls.

At the same time, Professor Kuźnicki emphasised that research funding is the best form of investment; any changes of the kind described above would have an adverse impact on the conditions for research in Poland. “Supporting the rise of a young generation of researchers and creating the conditions for them to work in Poland will reduce the current brain drain and, in the long run, may even reverse it”, he writes.

Professor Kuźnicki points out that it would also be possible to boost NCN funding without further increasing the burden on the state budget; this could be achieved by transferring 10% of the NCBR budget to the NCN.

The full article by the President of the NCN Council can be found on the website of “Forum Akademickie”.

Pre-announcement of JPIAMR-ACTION Call 2023

Mon, 11/21/2022 - 14:00
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JPIAMR (Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance) will launch in 2023 an international call for projects within the framework of the ERA-NET JPIAMR-ACTION. The call Development of innovative strategies, tools, technologies, and methods for diagnostics and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance will involve 21 funders from 18 countries. The total estimated call budget is about 18,8 million Euro. The Polish research teams may claim up to 1 M euro allocated to the call by the Council of the National Science Centre.

Through this call, the ERA-NET JPIAMR-ACTION intends to create and reinforce the collaboration between research partners coming from different countries and different fields of expertise to promote research on antimicrobial resistance. The call is focused within the priority areas of diagnostics and surveillance.

The call will fund research projects supporting the development of new or improvement of existing strategies, tools, technologies, and methods to support the prudent and rational use of antimicrobials. Projects may focus on diagnosis of infections caused by resistant microorganisms, on detection of resistant microorganisms, and/or collection, analysis and use of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AMU) data .

In the scope of this call, antimicrobials include antibiotics, antifungals and disinfectants (biocides).

The following sub-topics are out of the scope of the call:

  • antiviral and antiparasitic agents,
  • proposals solely aiming to extend existing surveillance networks (e.g. GLASS, national surveillance programmes).

Timeline

The call Development of innovative strategies, tools, technologies, and methods for diagnostics and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance will follow a two-step evaluation procedure.

  • 10 January 2023 – launch of the call and Partner Search Tool
  • 7 March 2023 – deadline for pre-proposals
  • 24 January 2023 – webinar for applicants
  • 4 July 2023 – deadline for full proposals
  • 11 July 2023 – deadline for submission of proposals to NCN (via OSF)

More information about the call available at https://www.jpiamr.eu/calls/diagnostics-surveillance-call-2023/

Please contact the call secretariat if you have any questions about the call: JPI.AMR@ncn.gov.pl

Please note that the information provided in the pre-announcement is not binding and that changes may occur without notice until the call opening on 10 January 2023.

Research project carried out by research teams from Poland, Austria and Slovenia funded under Weave-UNISONO

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 11:57
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Dr Marta Kołczyńska from the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences will carry out a research project on political participation in the age of polarization under Weave-UNISONO. She has been awarded over 1.1 mln PLN for her research.

The project entitled “Political participation in the age of polarization” will be funded under Weave_UNISONO. Dr Marta Kołczyńska from the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences will receive over 1.1 mln PLN for her research carried out together with foreign partners. 

Under the Weave-UNISONO Programme, funding is granted for bilateral or trilateral research projects carried out jointly with research teams from Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium-Flanders and Poland.

Dr Kołczyńska’s project will be carried out in cooperation with research teams from Austria (Universität Salzburg) and Slovenia (Univerza v Mariboru). Researchers will address the question about who becomes motivated to participate in politics by an increasingly polarized political climate, and the possibility that increases in political polarization have positive consequences for democracy. Researchers are planning to collect new data in the three project partner countries (Austria, Poland, and Slovenia) via two types of surveys: a general population survey and surveys among participants in public demonstrations. In addition, they will conduct an analysis of existing survey data, including age-period-cohort analyses of time-series cross-section datasets.

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Dr Kołczyńska’s project has been evaluated by the Austrian agency Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF) acting as the lead agency.

Simplified procedures

Weave-UNISONO aims to simplify submission and selection procedures for research proposals that bring together researchers from two or three different European countries in any discipline of science. The selection process is based on the Lead Agency Procedure (LAP), under which only one partner institution is responsible for merit-based review.

Under Weave, partner research teams apply in parallel to their relevant domestic institutions. Their joint proposal must include a coherent research plan and clearly spell out the added value of international cooperation.

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

 

 

Polish researchers win JPND Call 2022

Thu, 11/10/2022 - 13:11
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Four projects involving Polish research teams have qualified for funding under Understanding the Mechanisms for Non-Pharmacological Interventions, a call organised by the JPND network. Two of these are coordinated by Polish principal investigators.

This year, international consortia submitted 92 proposals focused on research into the biological mechanisms behind non-pharmacological interventions in various neurodegenerative disorders. The JPND network selected 14 projects aimed at developing personalised, holistic treatment approaches to such conditions. All four projects involving Polish research teams were featured among the top five highest rated proposals on the international ranking list and will receive a total of nearly 5.2 million zlotys in funding.

DC4MND: Wielowymiarowa charakterystyka działania przezrdzeniowej polaryzacji prądem stałym w chorobach neuronu ruchowego/Multidimensional mechanistic investigations of trans spinal direct current stimulation in motor neuron disease. Principal investigator: Dr Marcin Bączyk. Host institution: Eugeniusz Piasecki University of Physical Education in Poznań. The project will be carried out in cooperation with partners from Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Latvia.

The project is focused on the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with the neuromodulation technique of trans spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS), which has recently been introduced as a novel way to halt the degeneration of neurons responsible for skeletal muscle activation. The results of the project will be used to create more effective ALS treatment plans with the use of tsDSC.

TREMENDOS: Rola mikrogleju w pozytywnym wpływie wzbogaconego środowiska w chorobach neurodegeneracyjnych/The role of microglia in the effects of environmental enrichment in neurodegenerative disorders. Principal investigator: Dr Ali Jawaid. Host institution: Marceli Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences. The project will be carried out in cooperation with partners from Switzerland and Austria.

The TREMENDOS project will use a brain stimulation strategy known as environmental enrichment to test ways to boost the natural ability of cerebral immune cells to remove toxic plaque. The project may pave the way for new and more effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and similar brain conditions.

EPI-3E: Rozpoznanie płciowo-, wiekowo- i komórkowo-specyficznych mechanizmów epigenetycznych i skojarzonych nieinwazyjnych biomarkerów dla nie-farmakologicznych interwencji w chorobach Alzheimera i Huntingtona/Defining (sex and age) cell-specific epigenetic mechanisms underlying Environmental Enrichment/Exercise as non-pharmacological intervention for Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease and related potential non-invasive biomarkers. Principal investigator: Anne-Laurence Boutillier, University of Strasbourg, France. Polish team coordinator: Dr hab. Bartosz Zbigniew Wilczyński. Host institution: University of Warsaw. The project will be carried out in cooperation with partners from Germany, Spain, France and Hungary.

The purpose of the project is to study the mechanisms responsible for the way in which environmental enrichment and aerobic exercise improve the condition of patients with neurodegenerative disorders and test a hypothesis that the key role in the process is played by epigenetic changes in brain cells. The project will also produce computer models of regulatory and epigenetic processes underway in two brain areas affected by the diseases in question.

NEURODIET: Mechanizmy molekularne terapeutycznych podejść żywieniowych w neurodegeneracji/Molecular Mechanisms of Dietary Intervention on Neurodegeneration. Principal investigator: Thorsten Schmidt, Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen, Germany. Polish team coordinator: Dr hab. Maciej Figiel. Host institution: Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences. The project will be carried out in cooperation with partners from Germany, Portugal and Turkey.

Within the framework of the project, experienced researchers specialised in neurodegenerative diseases will join forces with a dietary expert in order to provide a detailed description of the molecular events triggered by dietary intervention in neurological patients. The study will focus on spinocerebellar ataxia type 3, also known as Machado-Joseph disease (SCA3/MJD), as a model disease with a well-understood aetiology. The data will be combined with special bioinformatic analysis techniques to determine the dietary intervention mechanisms at play not only in SCA3, but in neurodegenerative disorders in general.

The projects will start in the first quarter of 2023.

Detailed call results can be found online on the website of the JPND network.

MINIATURA 6 results are in

Tue, 11/08/2022 - 12:54
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As many as 194 research tasks were selected for funding in the last round of the MINIATURA 6 call. Successful researchers will carry out preliminary and pilot research projects, complete internships and go on research trips worth a total of more than 7.7 million zlotys.

Problems addressed by the new batch of successful proposals include climate mitigation and environmental protection strategies, a subject that has galvanised recent public debate. In the field of physical sciences and engineering, the issue will be tacked by two out of the 67 selected researchers. In her pilot study, Dr Emilia Baszanowska from the Gdynia Maritime University will test the quantum efficiency of fluorescence as a tool for distinguishing between sea pollution with oil-derivative emulsions and natural fish oils. Dr inż. Karolina Migdał from the University of Agriculture in Kraków will work on a model to study the phytoremediation properties of selected plant species and their possible application in hydrophytic waste treatment facilities.

78 proposals were also selected in the life sciences panel. Within this field, environmental protection will be addressed by a pilot study conducted by Dr Ewelina Olba-Zięty from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, which will perform an economic analysis of the environmental externalities of growing giant miscanthus as a raw material for energy production, while Dr inż. Waldemar Studziński from the Bydgoszcz University of Technology will assess the ecotoxicology of selected emerging micropollutants in the presence of various oxidizing and chlorinating factors in the water environment.

In art, humanities and social sciences, NCN experts selected a further 49  applicants, some of whom will also tackle environmental issues. One such researcher is Dr inż. Marta Szejnfeld from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, who will assess the adaptive potential of spatial and functional urban structure to climate change.

To find out about all the research proposals selected for funding and their subjects, consult the ranking list.

MINIATURA 6 ranking list

MINIATURA 6 ranking list no. 6 (.pdf)

Funding per panel:

  • art, humanities, social sciences – 1,357,456 PLN
  • physical sciences and engineering – 2,723,752 PLN
  • life sciences – 3,632,585 PLN

The total budget of proposals selected in the MINIATURA 6 call exceeds 7.7 million zlotys.

About MINIATURA 6

The main objective of the MINIATURA call is to fund research activities conducted in preparation for a future research project, which will then be submitted to an NCN call or another domestic or international call for proposals. The sixth edition offered grants ranging from 5,000 PLN to 50,000 PLN, which can be used to fund preliminary or pilot studies, library and archive research, fellowships, research visits or consultations over a period of up to 12 months. The total budget of the call was close to 20 million PLN and the call was open to researchers who earned their PhD no earlier than on 1 January 2010, have never conducted an NCN-funded research project, and met all the requirements of the call.

MINIATURA was first announced in 2016. The original idea was to increase the numbers of NCN programme winners, encourage applicants from smaller academic centres and reduce interregional inequalities.

The five MINIATURA calls organised thus far have awarded grants to more than 3300 research proposals.

Applications in the 6th call were accepted from 1 February until 31 July 2022. Nearly half of the 1815 proposals were submitted in the last month before the deadline.

Funding was awarded to 502 proposals: 198 in the life sciences, 173 in physical sciences and engineering, and 131 in humanities and social sciences.

The success rate was 35.7% for physical sciences and engineering, 32% for the life sciences, and 19.3% for humanities and social sciences.

The majority of applicants are just starting out on their research career (1700 applicants have a PhD; out of these, more than 800 earned their degree in 2016 or later).

More proposals were submitted by women than men, and the majority of winners are female. Funding was awarded to 290 female and 212 male researchers.

80% proposals involve preliminary/pilot research.

Nearly 90% of all proposals were submitted by universities, with the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the University of Łódź and the Warsaw University of Life Sciences leading the fray.

The projects will be carried out at 120 universities, PAS institutes, Łukasiewicz Network centres and other host institutions. The largest number of projects will be hosted by the Jagiellonian University, the University of Łódź and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The first top ten institutions with the largest number of grants also include the Medical University of Gdańsk, the Wrocław University of Technology, the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and the Silesian University in Katowice.

Nearly 20 million zlotys in total were handed out within the framework of MINIATURA 6.

Decisions

The positive and negative decisions for calls submitted under MINIATURA 6 in July 2022 were dispatched on 8 November 2022.

The justifications are available in the OSF system. Please check the status of your proposal in the OSF system.

Remember that decisions are sent to the ESP ePUAP address indicated in the proposal. If you have not received a decision, please make sure that the address listed in the proposal is correct. If not, contact the person in charge of handling the proposal, as indicated in the OSF system.

A Polish-German-Czech project to be funded under the Weave-UNISONO programme

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 12:47
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The Weave-UNISONO programme is designed to fund bilateral and trilateral projects carried out by teams from Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium-Flanders and Poland.

Read on to see the results of the Weave-UNISONO call for proposals submitted to the German agency Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in its capacity as the lead agency in 2021.

Prof. Dr hab. Jerzy Bański from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, PAS, will work on a project entitled “Social and Political Consequences of Spatial Inequalities: A Case Study of Central and Eastern Europe”, which represents an important contribution to the current political and scientific debate on the social and political repercussions of spatial inequality. Professor Bański argues that growing regional differences in the European Union pose a major risk to social cohesion, as well as new social and political movements, and act as a source of perceived injustice and marginalisation. The phenomenon contributes to a general sense of dissatisfaction among the residents of regions that are worse off, who often feel “left behind” by economic transformation and neglected by central governments. This, in turn, creates a “geography of discontent”, which will be investigated by Professor Bański within the framework of his Weave-UNISONO grant.

Full ranking lists

Simplified procedures

Weave-UNISONO aims to simplify submission and selection procedures for research proposals that bring together researchers from two or three different European countries in any discipline of science. The selection process is based on the Lead Agency Procedure (LAP), under which only one partner institution is responsible for merit-based review.

Under Weave, partner research teams apply in parallel to their relevant domestic institutions. Their joint proposal must include a coherent research plan and clearly spell out the added value of international cooperation.

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