The National Centre for Research and Development



Priority IV


The changes in the Polish economy which took place in the 1990s have boosted the educational aspirations of young people. Better education improves the chances for a good job and salary and increases occupational mobility. As a result, the proportion of young people taking up studies at universities has been growing significantly since the early 1990s. At the same time, however, higher education faces many structural problems, including uneven quality of teaching, low popularity of exact sciences and insufficient growth of the number of academic teachers in relation to the rapidly growing numbers of students.

Both the Lisbon Strategy and the document entitled The Role of Universities in the Europe of Knowledge, prepared by the European Commission as part of the Bologna Process, strongly emphasize the role which higher education should play in the development of knowledge-based economy, which provides about half of the total number of new jobs in Europe. However, in order to achieve this goal, European higher education must respond to a number of challenges which are also relevant to the present condition of higher education and the research and development sector in Poland.

Priority 4 of the HC OP focuses on improving the functioning of higher education institutions by creating a favourable organizational environment and helping implement university development programmes. System support under Priority 4 is focused on analysing the condition of Polish higher education, identifying deficiencies and developing effective management and quality assurance tools. Work on the development and modernization of teaching methods and curricula as well as on international accreditation standards will encourage greater openness and mobility of academic communities.

In order to be more competitive, Poland’s economy needs closer ties with science while academics need to improve their skills in the fields of intellectual and industrial property protection, research project management and commercialization of research results. Such projects will help improve R&D staff qualifications and the quality and effectiveness of research; consequently, they will contribute to increasing the innovativeness of the economy.

Objectives of Priority 4:


  • Adjusting the education system to the needs of the economy and the labour market
  • Improving the quality of education services offered by universities
  • Enhancing the attractiveness of university studies in exact sciences and engineering
  • Improving staff qualifications in the R&D sector.
We are pleased to announce that on 22 May 2018 the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), together with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Taiwan is opening a call for bilateral projects.
We are pleased to inform that on 19 January 2018, the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) along with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched the call for joint R&D proposals in the thematic area
We kindly inform that last 3 applications submitted from 13 September 2017 to 11 October 2017 under the call for bilateral activities supported under the Fund for Bilateral Relations were verified. Based on the results of verification 2 applications were funded for the total amount of 5000 EUR.
An executive agency of the Minister of Science and Higher Education begins the implementation of the hydrogen storage programme. Its purpose is to develop an innovative mobile hydrogen container for use with fuel cells.
The call for proposals will open on 19 February in the first competition of INGA programme - Innovative Gas Industry.
Even more than 1,000 eco-friendly new generation buses can hit the streets of Polish cities by 2023. The National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), an executive agency of the Minister of Science and Higher Education, announced the order under the Zero-Emission Public Transport programme.
On 29 December 2017 the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) and the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW) signed a contract with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) to finance the purchase of new generation buses for Polish cities
The second edition of the EEA and Norway Grants comes to an end. Poland can boast the largest number of grants. A conference was held on 21 November in Warsaw to sum up the Polish-Norwegian Research Programme run by NCBR.
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 15th of September, 2017, at 16:30.

The National Centre for Research and Development
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