National Science Centre earmarks EUR 17.5 mln for foreign researchers

"Apart from strengthening and internationalising their teams, institutions will gain a 20-percent contribution for costs directly related to managing the project,” NCN Director Professor Błocki explained. Jacek Bednarczyk/PAP

Poland's National Science Centre has dedicated EUR 17.5 million to lure 120 foreign scientists to conduct research in Poland.

A government agency, supervised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the National Science Centre (NCN) was set up in 2011 to support basic research in Poland.

The new training and research programme, called POLONEZ BIS, is co-financed through a Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND grant, NCN said in a communique sent to PAP on Monday.

The NCN said that in addition to EUR 4,465 gross per month, POLONEZ BIS assures scientists up to EUR 100,000 to conduct research projects, including the employment of a team.

"POLONEZ BIS gives scientists great independence," NCN Director Professor Zbigniew Błocki was quoted as saying in the release. "They will have a choice of research subjects, disciplines and host units."

Scientists with a doctorate or at least four years' full-time research experience, who in the three years prior to the contest's announcement have lived and worked outside Poland for a minimum of two years, can apply for the money.

They can also apply together with the hosting institutions, which will be their future employers in Poland. These can be institutions such as research centres, universities, scientific libraries, museums, NGOs, hospitals and enterprises.

"A condition is having a base in Poland," Professor Błocki explained. "Apart from strengthening and internationalising their teams, institutions will gain a 20-percent contribution for costs directly related to managing the project.”