University of Warsaw, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry PAS, Synektik S.A., KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. and Prof. Mikołaj Bojańczyk – are the laureates of the award for most active Polish participants of Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, funded by the EU. Additionally, special awards have been awarded to Prof. Janusz Bujnicki and Prof. Janusz Hołyst.
Their successes have been awarded with a Crystal Brussels statue, awarded by the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the European Union. An award gala was held on 2nd of June 2016 in Warsaw.
The Crystal Brussels Prize is awarded to the best Polish scientists and entrepreneurs for their successes in research and innovation programmes funded by the European Union. This year, we awarded the laureates of Horizon 2020, the biggest in history research funding programme, which has a budget of almost 80 bn euro and has been funded by the European Commission. The initiator of the Crystal Brussels Prize is the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the European Union.
The title of the most successful higher education institution was awarded to University of Warsaw, whereas Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry PAS was selected as the most successful research institute. Company Synektik S.A was selected as the best in the category of SMEs, while KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. was awarded as the best industrial company. Prof. Mikołaj Bojańczyk, from Univeristy of Warsaw, won the Crystal Brussels Prize in the category of  individual prize for activity in Horizon 2020.
This year the committee of the award decided to present two additional awards in special categories to two especially active researchers, promoters of science and participation in framework programmes – Prof. Janusz Bujnicki, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, and Prof. Janusz Hołyst, Warsaw University of Technology.

Meet the Laureates:

University of Warsaw

University of Warsaw is one of the most significant academic centres in Poland . It is very efficient in applying for research funding. This includes both national and international sources. Almost a third of the University’s budget(more than PLN 1.3 bn) are funds obtained for research activities. The UW’s scientists are conducting more than 1.5 thousand research projects. This is possible with the funding from Ministry of Science and Higher Education, National Science Centre, National Centre for Research and Development and from funding obtained from Horizon 2020. In the previous framework programmes UW was a leader in Poland in applying for funding. This was confirmed in Innovation Union Competitiveness Report. Under 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013) UW obtained funding for 99 projects. The initial period of Horizon 2020 also proved to be successful for UW. Up until now, researchers of the University have been awarded with 26 grants. Out of all grants received by the institution the European Research Council are viewed as most prestigious. Since 2007 the ERC awarded 21 scientists from Poland with their funding, 12 these grants have been awarded to researchers of UW. This includes Advanced Grants, Starting Grants, Proof of Concept. UW is also an institutional participant of 2 ERC projects.

Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences

Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences is a unique, on European scale, research organisation. It conducts interdisciplinary research in the field of chemistry, bioinformatics and informatics. In the recent years. In the recent years, together with Poznan University of Technology, the Institute created an European Centre for Bioinformatics and Genomics.
One of the pillars of the Institute is the PSNC (Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center). It was set up in 1993 and has since become a renown R&D institution especially in the field of ICT and an important hub of the European Research Area in the field of IT infrastructure used for scientific purposes. The projects conducted by the centre are often funded by European and global research programmes, as well as structural programmes. They are conducted in various scientific domains, including radio astronomy, medicine, new media, knowledge platforms, digital libraries, cybersecurity, future internet technologies etc. PSNC has conducted 170 projects of this type. 19 of them have been funded by from Horizon 2020’s budget.

Synektik S.A.

Synektik S.A. is a company that provides top quality products, services and solutions to medical facilities. In 2011 it was the first entity to initiate commercial production of radiopharmaceuticals used for oncologic diagnosis. In 2014 the company entered into an agreement with Hadasit Medical Research & Development Ltd. on cooperation in research concerning innovative markers for measuring flow of blood through heart. In 2014, the company set up an R&D centre in Warsaw, where it conducts research on new radiopharmaceuticals, this includes a marker for heart disease diagnosis. The EU supports innovative solutions in the field of diagnostics. This includes solutions that Synektik works with. The EC decided to fund a project of Synektik whose purpose was to design, a unique tool for evaluation of perfusion of heart and diagnosis of coronary diseases. Thanks to this tool, coronary diseases can be diagnosed much earlier, thus risk of stroke will be diminished. The acquisition of funding from the EC was a milestone in the development of the Company.

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. is the second biggest producer of silver and the eight biggest producer of copper used in wires. The Capital Group includes about 80 organizations that in total have a staff of 35 thousand people around the world. KGHM actively participates in three Horizon 2020 projects.  The total value of funding acquired under H2020 is more than 1 M €. KGHM is also actively involved in a number of other R&D international activities.

Prof. Mikołaj Bojańczyk

Prof. Mikołaj Bojańczyk is interested with issues on the verge of informatics and mathematics, including mathematical and logical proofs. He is one of the youngest professors of University of Warsaw and the only scientist in Poland to receive two prestigious ERC grants in funded from two consecutive Framework Programmes. Under Horizon 2020 he was awarded a grant of more than 1 786 thousand euro.
Professor Bojańczyk is a laureate of Presburger award, Ackerman award and Prime Minister’s award for his habilitation thesis, as well as award of Minister of Science and Higher Education for his exceptional scientific successes.

Prof. Janusz Bujnicki

Prof. Janusz Bujnicki is one of pioneers of bioinformatics in Poland, he is the head of laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering of the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology and head of a research team at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.
His interdisciplinary studies cover research on proteins, nucleic acids and their impact on each other. Prof. Bujnicki was the first Polish scientist to receive an ERC grant in the field of biology. He is a laureate of many awards, including EMBO and HHMI. Prof. Bujnicki was awarded with the Crystal Brussels Prize for his participation in expert groups of the European Commission, including a group on Scientific Advice Mechanism, for his participation in ERC grants and for his support for other scientists in applying for ERC funding.

Prof. Janusz Hołyst

Prof. Janusz Hołyst an employee of the Faculty of Physics of Warsaw University of Technology, where he is the chair of the department of Physics, Economy and Social Sciences. He is one of the pioneers of use of physics in these fields. His scientific interests include statistical physics, cellular automatons, complex networks (including economic and social networks), as well as emotion modelling in internet social networks and dynamics of social opinions. Prof. Hołyst was the coordinator and a partner of several international research projects, including those funded by Framework Programmes. Prof. Janusz Hołyst was awarded with Crystal Brussels Prize in a special Category for his work as the founder of EU Research Project Coordinator’s Council, as a coordinator of projects and as a professional manager.