Guidelines for appealing against the NCN Director’s decisions


Pursuant to Article 33 (2) of the Act on the National Science Centre, a party (applicant) can only appeal against the decision of the NCN Director in the event of a breach of the call procedure or other formal infringement. A formal infringement means errors in the call procedure involving infringement or misapplication of provisions according to which proposals submitted to the NCN calls are evaluated, i.e. applicable laws, NCN Council Resolutions and Orders by the NCN Director. If an appeal is lodged based on other grounds, it shall be found inadmissible by way of a decision. 

The appeal shall be lodged via the NCN Director, within 14 days of the delivery of the decision:

  • in writing, to the following address: 30-312 Kraków, ul. Twardowskiego 16 or
  • electronically, bearing a qualified electronic signature or to the electronic inbox of the National Science Centre: /ncn/SkrytkaESP.

Only an applicant may appeal against the decision of the NCN Director.

  • In the case of proposals submitted by an entity referred to in Article 27 (1) (1) – (7) and (1) (9) of the Act on the National Science Centre of 30 April 2010 (Journal of Laws of 2018, Item 947, as amended), the principal investigator is not a party to the appeal proceedings. An appeal must be lodged and signed by the authorised representative(s) of the applicant.
  • In the case of proposals submitted by a natural person, the principal investigator is a party to the appeal proceedings and may lodge an appeal. 

If an appeal is lodged by the principal investigator who is not a party to the appeal proceedings, the Committee of Appeals of the NCN Council shall issue a decision discontinuing the appeal proceedings.

 

Furthermore:

  • if the appeal is lodged (sent) before the date the NCN Director has issued his decision, it shall be found inadmissible by way of a decision on the grounds that there is no claim, 
  • if the appeal is lodged (sent) before the date the decision has been received, it shall be found submitted in violation of the deadline in which case a relevant decision shall be issued and
  • if the appeal is lodged (sent) after 14 days of the date the decision has been received by the applicant, it shall be found submitted in violation of the deadline in which case a relevant decision shall be issued.