Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence


Dioscuri is an initiative by the Max Planck Society (MPG), intended to establish Centres of Scientific Excellence (hereinafter referred to as Dioscuri Centres) in Central and Eastern Europe. The Centres will enable outstanding researchers to carry out top level research at research institutions in this part of Europe.

With the participation of the National Science Centre (NCN), the programme shall start with the establishment of up to ten Dioscuri Centres in Poland, in all research domains. Each newly established Centre will cooperate with a German Mentor/Mentor Institution, to reinforce Polish-German cooperation in research, and funding will be provided by the NCN from the resources contributed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The Centres will be set up by researchers selected in international Dioscuri calls. In the first call for proposals up to three Dioscuri Centres in Poland will be established.

The first call for proposals:

Call announcement: October 2017

Results: 2018

Addressees of the call: researchers with a PhD degree obtained within a period not exceeding fifteen years prior to the submission of their application to Dioscuri

Procedure

Researchers shall submit proposals jointly with a Polish research institution, provided that they were not employed at the institution over 2 years preceding the date of submitting the proposal. Every call awardee shall establish and head a Dioscuri Centre, in which he or she will conduct innovative research at the world’s top level.

By submitting a joint proposal to the Dioscuri call, the Applicant (researcher) shall enter the call together with the Polish research institution. Before the proper call for proposals NCN will collect offers from Polish research institutions that are ready to create the Dioscuri Center within its structure.

Funding

Funding will be provided by the NCN from the resources contributed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

In the event of successful application under the Dioscuri call, the research institution acting as Host Institution to the Dioscuri Centre, shall receive annually the equivalent of € 300,000, to be spent exclusively on the Dioscuri Centre’s operations, provided that the institution satisfies the basic conditions specified below.

The funding period for each Dioscuri Centre comprises five years and may be extended by another five years (provided that it passes all assessments and there is funding available).

The funding may be used to finance:

  • remuneration for the head of the Dioscuri Centre (awardee of the Dioscuri call) to the sum of € 100,000 per year,
  • salaries for members of the Dioscuri Centre’s research team and scholarships (scholarships may be granted solely in accordance with the NCN regulations),
  • costs of research activities of the Dioscuri Centre (costs of materials, travel, publications and other research activities, etc.),
  • costs of cooperation with the German Mentor/Mentor Institution,
  • funding does not provide for overheads of the research institution, administrative and financial costs, and research equipment and infrastructure.

The full name of a Dioscuri Centre:

Dioscuri Centre of Scientific Excellence. A programme initiated by the Max Planck Society, jointly managed by the National Science Centre in Poland, and mutually funded by MNiSW and BMBF

Call announcement for Polish research institutions to submit proposals for the establishment of Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence

 

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  1. Call announcement for Polish research institutions to submit proposals for the establishment of Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence - text
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