Dioscuri: Fourth call for Dioscuri Centres now open

Up to three centres of scientific excellence in Poland will be funded

February 23, 2021

With five Dioscuri Centres already established at Polish Host Institutions, the Max Planck Society and the Polish National Science Centre are looking for the next Centre leaders in their fourth call for Dioscuri Centres in Poland. Applications for a Dioscuri Centre may be submitted until June 15th, 2021.

In the third call for Dioscuri Centres no new centres had been selected for funding. “The program is all the more eager to invite outstanding early-career researchers from all scientific disciplines to consider applying for the establishment of their own research group in Poland,” says Steffi Heinecke, coordinator of the Dioscuri Programme at the Max Planck Society.

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 work at the Centre will be accompanied by a Partner from Germany and supported further by an international Scientific Advisory Board.

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 Education and Science.

To provide a comprehensive overview of the Dioscuri Programme funding and support potential applicants in preparing their application, we will offer webinars during the call period. The first webinar is scheduled for: Tuesday, 23.03.2021, 14:00-15:30 CET. More dates will follow as needed. To register for one of our webinars, please send an e-mail to dioscuri@gv.mpg.de

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