Applied Research Programme of the National Centre for Research and Development is a horizontal programme aimed at supporting the science sector and the industry sector within the scope of applied research in various scientific fields (programme path A) and industry branches (programme path B), introduced pursuant to art. 30 section 1 point 3 of the Act dated 30 April 2010 on the National Centre for Research and Development. The programme will be implemented on the basis of competitions for co-financing of applied research projects. A detailed course of conducting the competition with regard to submitting applications and the criteria of formal and content-related assessment is specified in the Rules of the competition.
Applied research, mentioned in art. 2 point 3 letter b of the act dated 30 April 2010 on science financing, is defined as research work conducted in order to gain new knowledge with specific practical application. It consists either in searching for possible practical uses for research results or in searching for new solutions allowing to meet the assumed practical targets.