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On 1 September 2011 the National Centre for Research and Development took over from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education tasks related to the implementation of European Funds allocated for the development of science and higher education sectors in Poland.

 

Via European Funds available to Poland since 2004 significant financial resources are spent not only on necessary infrastructure elements but also on the stimulation of enterpreneurship driven by innovative ventures and discoveries made by Polish scientists. In 2007-2013, under three operational programmes: Innovative Economy, Human Capital and Infrastructure and Environment, our country has gained access to over EUR 4.1 billion, allocated i.a. for: extension and revamping of Polish universities, research infrastructure, R&D projects, strengthening cooperation of Polish businesses with the research sector as well as for the maintenance of high educational standards and increase in number of students majoring in disciplines considered strategic for the sustainable development of the Polish economy. Most of those funds have already been granted. By November 2011 close to 1800 contracts whose value exceeds PLN 15 billion were signed under three operational programmes. Under the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme all available funds have already been granted, under the Innovative Economy one - 95 % of them, while under the Human Capital Programme - 81 %!

 

Before August 2011, it was the Ministry of Science and Higher Education that acted as a Intermediate Bodies for the aforementioned programmes within the field of science and higher education. Since September 2011 those tasks have been performed by the National Centre for Research and Development. Within the framework of those tasks, the National Centre for Research and Development must, among others, aptly transfer and settle granted funds and provide information-related support for beneficiaries carrying out projects funded by the UE. Polish students and scientists have already been offered access to modern research centers and equipment.

 

It is the National Centre for Research and Development is mission to encourage the development of Polish research entities, universities and businesses in order to stimulate innovation in the country.

 

This purpose can be accomplished through the reinforcement of relations between the public and private sector, paying more attention to the protection of intellectual property and supporting attractive ways of educating students and improving the academic staff’s skills. The results of most of the projects carried out currently shall become apparent to the society within the following few years.

 

NATIONAL COHESION STRATEGY

Structural funds for science and higher education

The aims of the Cohesion Policy for 2007-2013 are closely associated with the implementation of the key priorities of the renewed Lisbon Strategy, outlined in the Integrated Guidelines for Growth and Jobs. They include support for innovation, entrepreneurship and  knowledge-based economy, through development of research and innovation capabilities, new ICTc as well as supporting investment in human capital.

These aims of the Cohesion Policy in Poland have been specified in the National Cohesion Strategy (National Strategic Reference Framework 2007-2013), a document outlining the use of EU funds granted to Poland for 2007-2013 under EU structural funds programmes (European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund) and the Cohesion Fund.

The strategic objective of the NCS is to create the conditions for the improvement of competitiveness of Poland’s economy, which should be based on knowledge and entrepreneurship, provide more jobs and ensure a higher level of social, economic and spatial cohesion. The detailed objectives of the NCS are:

 

  • Improving human quality capital and enhancing social cohesion (Objective 2),
  • Improving the competitiveness and innovativeness of enterprises, including in particular the manufacturing sector with high added value and development of the services sector (Objective 4).


The objectives of the National Cohesion Strategy are implemented, inter alia, through operational programmes managed by the Ministry of Regional Development and by Voivodeship administrations.

These targets are achieved with participation of the National Centre for Research and Development, which on the 1st of September 2011 took over tasks related to implementation of three operational programmes managed by MRR from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and acts as an Intermediary Institution for these programmes. The programmes are:

 

  • Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment
  • Operational Programme Innovative Economy


which implement Priorities supported by the ERDF, and

 

  • Operational Programme Human Capital


co-financed by the ESF.

Investments in the R&D sector and in higher education are essential for creating favourable conditions for the development of knowledge-based economy. It is particularly important to support research in areas of major significance for the economic and social development of the country, to stimulate involvement of entrepreneurs in R&D activities, to modernize and expand research and university education infrastructure as well as to improve university teaching standards and adjust university education to the needs of the economy and the labour market. These are the focus areas of the aforementioned operational programmes with regard to science and higher education.

Out of the total amount of euro 85.6 billion (including euro 67.3 billion from the EU budget) for the implementation of the National Cohesion Policy, euro 4.15 billion (including euro 3.53 billion from the EU budget) has been allocated for science and higher education under the programmes for which the Ministry of Science and Higher Education is an Intermediate Body. This amount is split as follows between individual Priorities and Measures:

Operational Programme – Innovative Economy

Priority 1: Research and development of new technologies – EUR 1 299 270 589

Measure 1.1: Support for scientific research for the development of a knowledge-based economy – EUR 465 000 613
Measure 1.2: Improvement of the human potential of science – EUR 70 037 029
Measure 1.3: Support for R&D projects benefiting entrepreneurs and implemented by research centres – EUR 373 880 771
Measure 1.4: Support for goal-oriented projects – EUR 390 352 176

Priority 2: R&D infrastructure

Measure 2.1: Development of research centres with high potential – EUR 691 423 530
Measure 2.2: Support for the development of shared research infrastructure – EUR 349 117 647
Measure 2.3: Investments related to the development of science’s ICT infrastructure – EUR 258 729 412

Operational Programme – Infrastructure and Environment

Priority 13: Higher education infrastructure – EUR 588 235 294

Operational Programme – Human Capital

Priority 4: Higher education and science – EUR 960 366 839

Measure 4.1 Strengthening and development of didactic potential of universities, and increasing the number of graduates from faculties of key importance for knowledge-based economy – EUR 898 866 839

Measure 4.2. Developing staff qualifications in the R&D sector and increasing the awareness of the role of science in economic growth – EUR 61 500 000

Announcements
26-08-2016
We are pleased to inform that on 26 August 2016, the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) along with the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) launched the 2nd call for joint proposals in the following areas of mutual interest...
25-08-2016
The NCBR received 51 project proposals. After the eligibility check 45 proposals were found eligible and were evaluated by the external experts.
13-07-2016
On 21 June 2016 the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China signed a Letter of Intent for Cooperation in Joint Research and Development.
News
10-01-2017
The National Centre of Research and Development (NCRD) is looking for candidates for experts in the Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020 (SG OP). The deadline for submitting application is the 10th of February, 2016, at 16:30.
15-11-2016
The National Centre of Research and Development (NCRD) is looking for candidates for experts in the Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020 (SG OP). The deadline for submitting application is the 16th of December 2016, at 16:30.
08-11-2016
The National Centre for Research and Development - Programme Operator of the Polish-Norwegian Research Programme together with Research Council of Norway are pleased to invite you to the Norway Grants funded conference: Together for Innovation in Health.
30-08-2016
As of 26 August 2016, Professor Aleksander M. Nawrat has been appointed Deputy Director of the NCBR. He is a Professor of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice and an expert in R&D for science, defence industry and government agencies.
12-08-2016
Bacteria laser identification technology, digital portfolio platform and foetal heart rate monitoring device - all these are products of Polish entrepreneurs which were among the 32 winning projects in GO_GLOBAL.PL competition organised by the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR).
01-08-2016
Micro- and SMEs will compete for a total of PLN 750 million. This is the amount of funding available for industrial research and development work in another competition under the so-called Fast Track.

The National Centre for Research and Development
47a Nowogrodzka Str.,  00-695 Warszawa  office: +48 22 39 07 401  fax: +48 22 20 13 408
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