OPUS: general grants

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.

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)
  • Consumables
  • Research equipment
  • Travel and subsistence costs
  • Outsourcing
  • Other: publication costs, collective investigators, devices and software, etc.
  • Indirect costs: up to 20%

There is no cap on funding on an individual project.

Evaluation criteria:

  • proposals from within NCN Panels, involving basic research,
  • scientific excellence and the innovative nature of the research project,
  • evaluation of the results of research projects conducted by the Principal Investigator, funded from the budget for science
  • the research portfolio of the Principal Investigator,
  • impact on the development of the research discipline,
  • justification of the planned costs.

Evaluation procedure: 2-step merit-based evaluation by peer review panels and external reviewers

Application: written partly in Polish and partly in English

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