The second competition of the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) and the National Science Centre (NCN) was launched on 15 December. With a budget of PLN 40 million, the competition aims to select those basic research results that have a significant innovation potential and apply them in practice.
– The co-operation between the NCN and the NCBR can set a new course for our development and innovation. TANGO is the best example of how the science-economy relationship should look like. On the one hand we are dealing with basic research, with expanding the limits of our knowledge. On the other, we keep applying the economic potential of new discoveries by working directly on their implementation – says Piotr Dardziński PhD, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
A joint venture of the NCN and the NCBR, TANGO aims to facilitate universities and science institutions to market new technologies, products and services, as well as to strengthen business-academia collaboration. Examples of projects funded under TANGO include: creating the concept of an economic use of previously obtained research results, gaining partners interested in their implementation as well as intellectual property rights protection. The funds will also be used to cover the costs of market analyses and industrial R&D.
– While the NCN funds basic research, it must be emphasised that many projects carried out with our support are also of a significant application character. The first edition of TANGO has already demonstrated a lot of interest among our grantees in the implementation of their research results. I am glad that we meet this demand together with the NCBR and I am sure that both the Polish science and the economy will very much benefit from the results of TANGO – enthuses the Director of the NCN Prof. Zbigniew Błocki.
– By joining forces with the NCN, we provide support for the best projects. This will help implement promising results of cognitive research into economic practice. Our competition is also a strong impetus for a closer co-operation between scientists and entrepreneurs. The latter should exploit the potential of top research teams as much as possible. It is precisely on an effective co-operation in this area that the innovation growth rate of our economy depends – underscores the Director of the NCBR Prof. Krzysztof Jan Kurzydłowski.
With funds to the tune of even 1,15 million PLN per project, TANGO welcomes applications from academic institutions, research centres of the Polish Academy of Sciences, university research centres and individual scientists. The evaluation of applications will take place in two stages, with the recruitment of initial applications being run from 15 December 2015 until 15 March 2016.
A total of 51 projects received funding under the first competition. With the support from the two government agencies, researchers work on e.g. market introduction of a new HydroProg system –an early warning about hydrological dangers, the implementation of semen cryopreservation for programmes aimed to improve salmonids breeding, applying wearable sensors to provide telemedicine services and on an innovative technology of eco-bonding composite materials.
Information about the competition is available at NCBR.gov.pl and NCN.gov.pl
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