National Science Center (NCN) – the Coordinator

The National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki, NCN) is a Polish government executive agency set up in 2010 to fund basic research. The primary task of the Centre is to support research projects. The Centre fulfils its duties by catering for the needs of researchers at every stage of their research career and with different degrees of expertise. It finances basic research carried out in the form research projects, scholarships for PhD students and post-doc internships. To ensure the excellent quality of the research selected for funding, the Centre has adopted a two-stage, peer review-based procedure of proposal evaluation. One important task of the Centre is to foster international cooperation in research and disseminate information on calls for proposals among researchers. The NCN also supports and monitors the progress of research projects financed under its funding opportunities through review and examination of annual and final reports, as well as on-site visits to selected host institutions.

Contact Person: Sylwia Kostka, e-mail: sylwia.kostka@ncn.gov.pl

National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)

The National Centre for Research and Development is the executive agency supervised by the Minister of Science and Higher Education. It was established in 2007 to perform tasks related to science, technology and innovation policies adopted by the Polish government.

NCBR’s mission and tasks:

  • Support of sustainable economic growth in Poland through the use of R&D results
  • Applied research financing
  • Facilitation of science-business cooperation
  • Supporting commercialisation and transfer of scientific research results
  • International cooperation (Bilateral, Multilateral and European Programmes)
  • Providing young scientists with career development opportunities
  • Managing applied research programmes and national security and defense projects

Contact Person: Krystyna Maciejko, e-mail: krystyna.maciejko@ncbr.gov.pl

Website: www.ncbr.gov.pl