Three Polish projects, each for ca. €15 million, have been granted for funding by the European Commission in the last call of Teaming Phase 2 action within Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation area within the Horizon 2020 framework programme.

The projects aim at developing a long-term research and innovation excellence by creating or upgrading the existing Centres of Excellence in Poland with collaboration with leading advanced partner institutions.

About Teaming Phase 1 and Teaming Phase 2

Teaming instrument is dedicated to less R&I performing countries (a so-called widening countries) where the research and innovation excellence is already present but it needs a fertile ground to be fully exploited. Poland meets the requirement for being a widening country, and so the Polish research institutions are fully eligible to participate as project coordinators in all Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation actions, including not only Teaming, but also Twinning, and ERA Chairs.

A Teaming action consists of two stages, a Teaming Phase 1 and a Teaming Phase 2. In a Teaming Phase 1 project, a consortium of the coordinating institution from the widening country and at least one advanced partner institution needs to demonstrate a long-term R&I strategy that will be implemented by the future or already existing Centre of Excellence. In the Teaming Phase 1 call, each successful project is granted with €0.4 million for 12 months and the expected outcome of the project is a credible business plan of the Centre. Once the business plan is developed, the successful beneficiaries of the Teaming Phase 1 are eligible for submitting proposals in Teaming Phase 2 call and apply for €15 million for the duration of 5-7 years. A successful Teaming Phase 2 proposals should focus on the long-term sustainability (both scientific and financial) of the Centre, which should be based on the business plan developed during the Teaming Phase 1.

Until 2019, none out of six Polish beneficiaries of the Teaming Phase 1 instrument have been successful in the Teaming Phase 2 calls. This has changed in the call from 2018 (WIDESPREAD-01-2018-2019) where three Polish projects have been granted for funding within Teaming Phase 2. The total number of the proposals submitted from the EU was 43, whereas the number of projects granted for funding was 13. The acronyms of the three successful Polish projects are: SANO, NOMATEN, and ENSEMBLE3.

SANO project

The SANO project: Centre for New Methods in Computational Diagnostics and Personalised Therapy, with AGH University of Science and Technology as the actual coordinating institution, aims at setting up a new centre for computational medicine in the city of Kraków. The Centre will be developing sophisticated engineering methods based on advanced data analysis for the sake of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various human diseases. It will also provide advanced technology for industrial stakeholders and will attract new investment and businesses to the region.

NOMATEN project

The NOMATEN project: Centre of Excellence in Multifunctional Materials for Industrial and Medical Applications, with National Centre for Nuclear Research as the coordinating institution, aims at improving the already existing NOMATEN Centre of Excellence. The Centre, together with CEA French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., will work on novel materials resistant to harsh environments and novel radiopharmaceuticals for medical applications. The Centre will act as a focal point between scientific community, industry and government.

ENSEMBLE3 project

The ENSEMBLE3 project: Centre of ExcelleNce for nanophotonicS, advancEd Materials and novel crystal growth Based technoLogiEs, with the Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (ITME) as the coordinating institution, aims at setting up a new Center of Excellence in the area of crystal growth-based technologies and novel functional materials for the sake of their application in nanophotonics, optoelectronics, telecommunication and medicine. Apart from ITME, the consortium involves one more institution from Poland – University of Warsaw – which will support the Center in the field of nanophotonics and medicine-oriented research.

Support in proposal preparation

To increase the odds and ensure high quality of the Teaming Phase 2 proposals, all project teams from Poland have been supported during proposal preparation stage by a group of multidisciplinary experts from three different institutions: National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the European Union (KPK PB UE), the National Center for Research and Development (NCBR) and Foundation for Polish Science (FNP). All supporting activities, including: dedicated workshops, individual consultations and pre-proposal checks have been implemented with close collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Perspective

Teaming instrument has been designed to facilitate institution building in countries with low research and innovation performance, including Poland. Today, with three Centres of Excellence ready to launch, the instrument will finally have the chance to really improve Poland’s research and innovation capabilities and provide long-term opportunities for economic development not only in Poland, but also in the whole EU.

If you have any questions, please contact our Polish NCP expert Wojciech Adamiak, Phd Eng. e-mail: wojciech.adamiak@kpk.gov.pl