Mon, 09/30/2019 - 16:43

We announce the results of the call for Polish-German research projects in Life Sciences. Polish teams cooperating with German researchers will receive nearly 11.5 million PLN for research.

The BEETHOVEN LIFE 1 call that has been recently announced is launched by the National Science Centre in cooperation with the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and is a supplement to the BEETHOVEN CLASSIC call, which excludes proposals in the field of Life Sciences. In the first edition of the call, funding has been granted to 10 out of 70 submitted proposals. Polish research teams will be awarded a budget of 11,448,523 PLN.

“With the BEETHOVEN LIFE call, the offer for Polish researchers cooperating with German research teams has become complete. In the first edition, researchers have submitted as many as 70 proposals, which confirms that extending this formula of Polish-German cooperation to include Life Sciences projects has been a good decision” says Prof. Zbigniew Błocki, NCN Director.

BEETHOVEN LIFE 1 has been the first call carried out by the National Science Centre pursuant to the Lead Agency Procedure. In the recent edition, DFG has acted as the Lead Agency, which means that the proposals have been subject to merit-based evaluation performed by the German agency alone, whilst proposals for funding of a Polish part of the research project have been submitted to the NCN.

The largest number of proposals were awarded funding under NZ1 (Life Sciences) covering molecular biology, structural biology and biotechnology and under the NZ 2, genetics and genomics. The highest funding of over 1.6 million PLN has been awarded to a project that will be carried out at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Under BEETHOVEN LIFE, researchers can plan their research projects to last either 24 or 36 months, and the principal investigator in an NCN proposal must be at least a PhD holder.