Third call for Dioscuri Centres

The third call for the establishment of up to three centres of scientific excellence in Poland is now open

March 13, 2020
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The deadline for the online application remains unchanged, i.e. 23rd of March 2020. However, the signed attachments 1, 2 and 3 may be sent via post until the 19th of April 2020. This deadline could be extended depending on the current developments concerning Covid-19.

CHANGES IN DETAIL: Attachments 1 to 3 (signature and upload)

We ask you to provide three signed documents: a declaration of the applicant (Attachment 1); a declaration of the Polish Host Institution (Attachment 2); and a letter of intent of the Partner from Germany (Attachment 3). These three documents will need to be signed individually and sent via post to:

Attention Dr Steffi Heinecke 
Hofgartenstraße 8
D - 80539 München

You, your Host Institution and/or your Partner from Germany may also send their documents directly to us until 19 April 2020. Please note that you will have to may upload a scan of the signed Attachments in the online application process (if you already have them). If you do not have the signatures yet and will not be able to collect them until 23 March, they may be sent via post until 19 April 2020.

After the first two Dioscuri Centres have been established this autumn, the Max Planck Society and the Polish National Science Centre are now opening the third call for Dioscuri Centres in Poland. In this round, outstanding researchers from all scientific disciplines are invited to submit their application for a Dioscuri Centre by 23 March 2020.

Going beyond the scope of a project grant, a Dioscuri Centre is built around a distinguished researcher position. It is awarded to excellent scientists capable of establishing and leading an outstanding, highly visible research group. The research group will be funded with 300,000 euros annually for initially five years. It will be set up at a Polish university or a research institute capable of supporting the Centre with appropriate infrastructure, scientific equipment, supplementary funds, and a long-term perspective for its leader.

The Dioscuri Programme aims to strengthen and expand scientific excellence in Central and Eastern Europe and is being implemented in Poland as a first step. The funding for the DCs is shared equally between the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The detailed call and further information about the Dioscuri Programme. [PDF]

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