Top scientists, irrespective of their nationality, may now apply for funding to create in Poland a research unit (innovative center of excellence) within the International Research Agendas Programme (IRAP) run by the Foundation for Polish Science – the largest NGO supporting science in Poland.

The IRAP provides an opportunity to create specialised, world-class research units in Poland conducting quality research programmes and pursuing R&D activities on specific global scientific challenge. The IRAP is addressed to prominent researchers from Poland and other countries who would like to lead a project and manage an entire unit during the first stage of its existence. In order to submit an application and implement an IRA project, researchers must cooperate with a renowned research centre based in another country. Each project will receive the funding required to implement the research agenda. The suggested funding amount for five years is approximately EUR 8 million and may be increased.

The IRAP is co-financed within the framework of Axis IV of the Smart Growth Operational Programme  2014 – 2020. The total budget of the programme is about EUR 126 million. This money will finance the creation of up 10 units pursuing international research agendas, selected in four competitions, in 2015 (completed), 2016 (now underway), 2017 and 2018.

The deadline for submitting the applications in the 2016 call is 30 October 2016.

Lear more about the programme details: http://www.fnp.org.pl/en/oferta/international-research-agendas-ira/

Lear more about the winners of the 2015 call: http://www.fnp.org.pl/en/first-competition-decided-in-international-research-agendas-programme/