PRELUDIUM: pre-doctoral grants

PRELUDIUM is a funding opportunity intended for pre-doctoral researchers about to embark on their scientific career

Principal Investigator: an individual who is beginning his/her career in research and does not have a doctoral degree. Apart from the supervisor, the team members must not hold a habilitation degree or the title of professor. Research financed under this scheme does not have to be related to the applicant’s PhD dissertation. The number of team members must not exceed 3 persons.

Project duration: 12, 24 or 36 months


  • up to 70,000 PLN (ca. 16,500 EUR) for projects lasting 12 months
  • up to 140,000 PLN (ca. 33,000 EUR) for projects lasting 24 months
  • up to 210,000 PLN (ca. 50,000 EUR) for projects lasting 36 months

Researchers may apply for funding of costs relevant necessary and directly connected to the proposed research, including:

  • Personnel (except for supervisor’s remuneration)
  • Consumables
  • Research equipment: cost of research equipment may not exceed 30% of the total budget of the project.
  • Travel and subsistence costs
  • Outsourcing
  • Other: publication costs, collective investigators, devices and software, etc.
  • Indirect costs: up to 20%

Evaluation criteria:

  • proposals from within NCN Panels, involving basic research,
  • scientific excellence and the innovative nature of the research project,
  • the research portfolio of the Principal Investigator and his or her supervisor,
  • 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

Call timeline


Tel: 0048 12 341 9000