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Leading Polish Science Foundation to host Seminar in Brussels

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Brussels, June 3, 2014: On June 11, The Foundation for Polish Science (Fundacja na rzecz Nauki Polskiej) will host a breakfast seminar titled ‘FNP Presentation: Teaming for Excellence’ at the Stanhope Hotel in Brussels. 

The presentation will highlight the promising Polish applicants to the Horizon 2020 ‘Teaming for Excellence’ Call for Proposals and their international ‘excellent partners’ in view of promoting international teaming to reduce the innovation divide within the European Union. 

The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) proposes to engage in the Call for Proposal to support the development of Poland’s scientific excellence. The objective of the seminar is to raise awareness of the applicants selected by the FNP and support their bid in the Teaming of Excellence Call for Proposal. 

The FNP is a non-profit institution promoting Science in Poland since 1991. It is a leader as the largest source of science funding in Poland outside of the state budget. Some of the Foundation’s main functions are:

  • Supporting distinguished scholars and research teams in all fields of inquiry;
  • Modernizing research facilities; and
  • Assisting innovative ventures and commercialization of scientific discoveries and inventions.

The ‘excellent partners’, whose role will be to share their expertise and scientific excellence with applicants from lower performing countries, include global leading research centres in Germany, France, and The United Kingdom. 

Participants of the seminar will include: The Polish Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Prof. Włodzisław Duch; Representatives of the FNP; Members of the European Parliament, EU Officials and members of the media are also expected to attend. 

There will be an opportunity for media to conduct one-on-one meetings with participants after the presentation. 

Time and Date: 9h00, June 11, 2014

Location: Stanhope Hotel, Rue Du Commerce 9 Brussels, 1000

For additional information or if you would like to participate in the seminar please contact: Leticia.bouges@iscintelligence.com


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Editor’s Note

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; and

Assisting innovative ventures and commercialization of scientific discoveries and inventions.

The Foundation pays special attention to the transparency and openness of its operations, regarding this as the foundation for building the society’s trust in the Foundation and in the entire NGO sector. Financial reporting The Foundation is examined each year by renowned auditing firms. It publishes an extensive report on its operations every year in its Annual Report, available at FNP’s offices and on its website. FNP’s financial reports are submitted to the National Court Register and the competent ministries.

Further information can be found here: http://www.fnp.org.pl/en/ 


The Teaming for Excellence Call

The challenge addressed by the Call: Despite its strengths, the European Research and Innovation landscape presents a lot of structural disparities, with research and innovation excellence concentrated in a few geographical zones. These disparities are due to, among other reasons, the insufficient critical mass of science and centres having sufficient competence to engage countries and regions strategically in a path of innovative growth, building on newly developed capabilities. This could help countries and regions that are lagging behind in terms of research and innovation performance reclaim their competitive position in the global value chains. Teaming will address this challenge by creating or upgrading such centres of excellence, building on partnerships between leading scientific institutions and low performing partners that display the willingness to engage together on this purpose.

Scope: Teaming, will involve in principle, two (2) parties: an institution of research and innovation excellence (public or private) or a consortium of such institutions and the participant organisation from a low performing Member State (for example a national or regional authority, or a research agency at national or regional level; the presence of a local partner research institution is encouraged as it could provide additional relevance to the teaming process). Both parties will be required to sign the grant agreement. The coordinator of the project should be the participant organisation from the low performing Member State.

Expected impact: Actions will lead to the creation of new (or significant upgrades of existing) Centres of Excellence in Member States and regions currently identified as low performers in terms of research and innovation, increasing on the one hand their scientific capabilities and on the other, enabling them to engage in a strategic growth path in terms of economic development. It is also expected that improved scientific capabilities will allow them to improve their chances to seek competitive funding in international fora (including the EU Framework Programmes).

Over the medium to long term there will be a measurable and significant improvement in the research and innovation culture (as shown through indicators such as research intensity, innovation performance, enhanced strategy, values and attitudes towards research and innovation) within Member States currently with low R&I performance. These will be fostered through constructive and sustainable partnerships achieved between research and innovation-intensive institutions of excellence and the partnering organisation in the low performing Member State or region.  

Benefits will also accrue to the institutions from the more intensive research and innovation performers, in terms of issues such as access to new research avenues, creativity and the development of new approaches, as well as a source for increased mobility (inwards and outwards) of qualified scientists.

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