Ministry of Science and Higher Education
The Ministry has a policy of the state in the area of science and higher education. Prepares strategic solutions, ensures the implementation of EU programs and funds. It supports the development of Polish universities, research institutes and research institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The priorities of the Ministry are:
- To create the best conditions for the development of students and researchers.
- To support innovative research projects.
- Strengthen the competitiveness and raising the status of Polish science in Europe and the world.
The Ministry of Investment and Economic Development
The Ministry is active in different areas of international co-operation, e.g. through the presence in international organisations or regional co-operation structures such as: European Union, Visegrad Group, Council of the Baltic Sea States or Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. It also carries out various projects in order to provide help to foreign countries in the framework of Polish aid programme. Other initiatives undertaken concerns the deepened co-operation with eastern countries (Ukraine, China) or promotion of Polish output abroad.
The National Centre for Research and Development
The National Centre for Research and Development is the implementing agency of the Minister of Science and Higher Education. It was appointed in the summer 2007 as an entity in charge of the performance of the tasks within the area of national science, science and technology and innovation policies.
When it was founded, it was the first entity of this type, created as the platform of an effective dialogue between the scientific and business communities.
Currently, it operates under the Act on National Centre for Research and Development dated 30 April 2010 (Journal of Laws from 2010, No. 96 item 616). The science reform adopted in the autumn 2010 gave the Centre more freedom to manage its financial assets, within the scope of a strategic research programme.
The Industrial Development Agency
The Industrial Development Agency Joint Stock Company is a company of a State Treasury.
Since its founding in 1991, the Industrial Development Agency Joint Stock Company has been responding to the most crucial needs of the Polish economy. In the period of economic transformation, the IDA JSC saved thousands of jobs modernizing large and medium-sized companies.
Today the IDA JSC is a dynamic company whose strategy and scope of activities are based on three pillars of equal importance, namely: innovations, restructuring, and investments.
The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development
PARP is a government agency that has been providing support to entrepreneurs in the implementation of competitive and innovative projects for over 10 years. The primary objective of its activity is to develop the sector of small and medium-sized enterprises in Poland. To support entrepreneurs, PARP uses the funds from the State budget and European Funds.
One of the key tasks of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development is to support export, including strengthening of the competitive position of Polish enterprises on foreign markets and making it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises to get in touch with foreign companies in their business. To that end, PARP offers Polish SMEs an opportunity to participate in economic missions organised around the world, cooperative exchanges and fair events.
Polish Academy of Sciences
The Polish Academy of Sciences is a state scientific institution founded in 1952. From the very beginning, it has functioned as a learned society acting through an elected body (corporation) of top scholars and research organizations, via its numerous scientific establishments. It has also become a major scientific advisory body through its scientific committees.
The activities of the Academy in its present form are regulated by the Parliamentary Act of April 30, 2010. The supreme governing body of the Academy is its General Assembly, consisting of all national members. Between sessions of the Assembly (which occur twice a year) the Presidium of the Academy takes responsibility for all strategic issues.
The Presidium is composed of the president, 5 vice-presidents, five representatives of the divisions of the Academy (one for each division, elected by the General Assembly), the presidents of the territorial branches, a representative of the directors of the Academy research establishments, the chair of the council of provosts, and the chancellor of the Academy (Articles 13-17).
The Academy is composed of national members (including both ordinary and corresponding members) and foreign members. All members (national and foreign) are elected by the General Assembly from among candidates with the highest scientific achievements and of recognized authority (Articles 7-12).
The Academy’s structure includes divisions, territorial branches, scientific and task-force committees, a young academy, a commission on research integrity, and an audit committee. There are five divisions of the Academy – Division I: Humanities and Social Sciences, Division II: Biological and Agricultural Sciences, Division III: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Division IV: Engineering Sciences and Division V: Medical Sciences.
The Foundation for Polish Science
The Foundation for Polish Science has been in operation since 1991. It is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit institution which pursues the mission of supporting science. It is the largest source of science funding in Poland outside of the state budget. The Foundation realizes its statutory purposes through:
- Support for distinguished scholars and research teams in all fields of inquiry.
- Modernization of research facilities.
- Assisting innovative ventures and commercialization of scientific discoveries and inventions.
Rules for award of support by the Foundation:
- Main motto of FNP: “Supporting the best, so that they can become even better”.
- Direct support –targeted to scholars and research groups.
- Competition format – all grants, prizes and stipends are awarded on the basis of a competition, regardless the citizenship of candidates.
- Peer-review method – assessment of achievements of participants in the Foundation’s competitions are made by scientists.
- Scientific excellence – the most important criterion in awarding of support.
- “Hard money” principle – highly selective in awarding support in all programmes, strict accounting procedures for funding awarded.
The Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) was formed by Polish institutions of higher education which had the right to award the doctor’s degree (or equivalent) in at least one scientific discipline. CRASP is the representative body of academic schools. The Conference was founded on 7 June 1997 by rectors of higher education institutions, being members of conferences of rectors of the various types of these institutions, namely universities, technical universities, institutions of agriculture, pedagogy, economics, medicine, and fine arts.
Currently, CRASP has 107 members (including 11 non-public schools) and 9 institutions have the status of an associated institution. The Conference of Rectors of Public Vocational Schools (KRePSZ) has the status of an associated conference.
Main Council of the Research Institutes
Main Council of the Research Institutes (RGIB) is the elective representative body acting pursuant to Article 33 of the Act of 30 April 2010 on research institutes. As many as 116 research institutes has been run nowadays in Poland. They employ 39600 people – including 11600 researchers.
RGIB represents interests of the research institutes to the state and local government authorities and to the scientific, economic and public organizations as well as to the opinion-forming elites.
Furthermore, it participates in economic, public and specifically in scientific and innovational policy. Apart from this, it submits the opinions and requirements to the authorities and the state administration, takes action with the intention of solving common problems among groups of institutes, becomes involved in scientific development as well as in improvement of economic innovativeness and effectiveness. Apart from that, it contributes to the development of research staff and highly supports the young scientists.
The Enterprise Europe Network
The Enterprise Europe Network offers small and medium sized enterprises comprehensive services covering information, training and counselling measures mainly in the field of European Union law and policies, business activity in Poland and abroad, access to sources of financing, internationalisation of enterprises, transfer of technologies and participation in EU framework programmes.
The Enterprise Europe Network was launched in February 2008 by the Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry.
Association of Top 500 Innovators
The Association of TOP 500 Innovators is an initiative of the alumni of the TOP 500 Innovators: Science – Management – Commercialization Program of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The Association has been set up in order to create an interdisciplinary platform of cooperation between representatives of science and technology transfer in Poland. This cooperation draws on the experience of its members obtained during a 9-week period at one of the two world’s leading research centers: Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. The activities of the Association include promoting innovation, academic entrepreneurship, as well as commercialization of research results. The Association also actively cooperates with government institutions and public benefit organizations in developing the best environment for the cooperation between science and business. The Association has over 220 members, both scientists as well as technology transfer and commercialization specialists from research institutes and technology transfer offices from all over Poland.
Association for PhD Candidates and PhD Career Development PolDoc
Association for PhD Candidates and PhD Career Development PolDoc is the first nationwide, independent organization whose main role is to provide multilevel support for PhD’s and PhD candidates in their career development. Poldoc projects remain apolitical and are not institutionally linked with any university, public or private organization in Poland or abroad.
PolDoc’s main objective is to offer support and guidance for PhD’s and PhD candidates in their career development in the private and public sector without favoring any academic specialization.
Our team consists of not only young researchers but also businessmen and workers employed in the public and private sector. We get active support from trainers and tutors who specialize in many academic subjects and also experts in respective fields . Most members of our team have international educational qualifications.
PolDoc runs consulting, informational and training activities. We participate in international projects focusing on the role of knowledge in social and economic development.
Polish Space Agency
Polish Space Agency (POLSA) was established by the Act of 26 September 2014. The task of the Agency is to support the Polish space industry by combining the world of business and science. We also help to get provision for entrepreneurs in obtaining funds from the European Space Agency (ESA). An important aspect of the Agency’s activity is to promote the development of satellite technology that can be used in everyday life, including communication, navigation, environmental monitoring and weather forecasting.
The priority task of the Polish Space Agency is to take care of the security of the country and its citizens and to increase Polish defense capabilities through the use of satellite systems.
Aspiration of the Agency is that in 2030 Polish space sector will be in selected areas fully competitive on a global scale. We should be able to ensure the independence of Poland in the access and use of satellite data.
Polish Space Agency is responsible for the arrangement and implementation of the National Space Programme.
Science in Poland
Science in Poland (scienceinpoland.pap.pl) is the largest public information service devoted to Polish science. It is available in two language versions: Polish and English. Two million Readers visit the website every year.
The main task of Science in Poland is to disseminate knowledge about the achievements of Polish scientists and promote their accomplishments, also in the area of innovation. Promoting the achievements of Polish scientists in the country and abroad and efforts to increase recognition are part of the website’s mission.
Świat Nauki (World of Science) is the Polish edition of the prestigious American popular science magazine Scientific American.
Scientific American, the leading source and authority for science, technology information and policy for a general audience and the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S., has been bringing its readers unique insights about developments in science and technology for more than 170 years. More than 150 Nobel laureates have written for Scientific American – like Albert Einstein, Francis Crick, Jonas Salk and Linus Pauling – most of whom wrote about their prize-winning works years before being recognized by the Nobel Committee. Scientific American won the 2011 National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
In June 2009, Scientific American joined Nature Publishing Group (NPG) to form the heart of NPG’s newly-formed consumer media division, meeting the needs of the general public. Scientific American and NPG are both part of Macmillan Publishers Ltd, a Holtzbrinck group company.
Scientific American is a truly global enterprise. Scientific American publishes 14 local language editions (amongst them Świat Nauki), read in more than 30 countries. Scientific American has 3.5 million print and tablet readers worldwide, 5.5 million global online unique visitors monthly, and a social media reach of 3.5+ million.
The first issue of Świat Nauki was published in July 1991 by Science Press publishing house. From October 1993 to September 2002 the magazine was published by Prószyński i S-ka SA, then, to December 2005, by Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne. Since January 2006, the title belongs to Prószyński Media Sp. o.o.
Polish edition fully corresponds to the original, both in terms of content and layout. Although the articles often deal with complex scientific issues, they are written in clear, understandable language and perfectly illustrated. Świat Nauki is read by university lecturers, school teachers, students, pupils, but also by managers, politicians and employees of public administration.
Publishing cycle and reach: the monthly nationwide, available in paper version, also by subscription, and in a digital version.
Forum Akademickie is a nationwide periodical published monthly with the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland. The journal has been dealing with vital Polish academic research and higher education concerns since 1991. Each issue of it contains a variety of interdisciplinary topics raised in articles, essays and book reviews. From the very beginning among numerous eminent contributors there have been Polish ministers, rectors of Polish universities, researchers, academic teachers and students. Additionally, articles by policymakers and administrators presenting their ideas and view on research can be found here.
Forum Akademickie depicts an indepth overview of Polish academic environment and presents researchers’ hard work, their challenges and dreams. As opposed to popular daily newspapers and websites the monthly explains how cultural, social and historical contexts influence Polish scientific research and higher education. We are great proponets of new initiatives and successful reasearch projects in the field of science and education. On the other hand, we do not avoid justified criticism towards mediocre activities of individuals or institutions. The periodical aims to cover all academic disciplines in order to provide scientists and scholars with an overall view of particular areas of research and higher education concerns as a whole.