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Call for Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence
Joint Call by MPG and NCN for up to four Dioscuri Centres of Scientific
Excellence in Poland
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG) and National Science Centre Poland (NCN) open the second
call for Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence in Poland.
Dioscuri is a programme devised by MPG to support the development of lighthouses of scientific
excellence in Central and Eastern Europe by promoting outstanding scientists who
want to conduct their research in this region. Following a bottom-up and sustainable approach,
it strives to establish future-oriented research fields and international standards of scientific
quality. Dioscuri serves to strengthen the European Research Area as a whole and to expand
the foundations for long-term economic and social prosperity in Europe.
The joint call by MPG and NCN is designed to establish Centres of Scientific Excellence at Polish
Host Institutions. Going beyond the scope of a project grant, a Dioscuri Centre (DC) is built
around a distinguished researcher position. It is awarded to excellent scientists capable of
establishing and leading an outstanding, highly visible research group. A DC shall connect the
local research landscape to the wider scientific community while simultaneously positioning
the leader of the DC in the respective field. These efforts will be supported by Partners from
German universities or research institutions. Partners will promote the Centres' structural development
and integration in scientific networks, thereby strengthening scientific exchange
between Poland and Germany.
DCs are expected to conduct top-class internationally competitive and innovative research.
Each of them will be funded with up to € 300,000 p.a., initially for five years. This amount
will be part of a larger package involving supplementary funds, infrastructure, scientific equipment,
and a long-term perspective for the leader of the DC at the respective Host Institution
(to be arranged individually between selected candidates and their Host Institutions). This will
put the DCs in a position to attract additional funding from NCN and other Polish or European/
Applicants are asked to provide a concept for the DC they plan to establish, which includes
an innovative research programme as well as an outline for the DC's structural development.
In the present call, up to a total of four DCs will be established in the fields of the Humanities
and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Natural Sciences and Technology.
Each DC established through this call will be monitored and evaluated by the Dioscuri Scientific
Committee, and will be awarded the title of
Dioscuri Centre of Scientific Excellence.
A programme initiated by the Max Planck Society, jointly managed with the National
Science Centre in Poland, and mutually funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and
Higher Education (MNiSW) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research