Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence

Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence

A programme initiated by the Max Planck Society (MPG), jointly managed with the National Science Centre (NCN) in Poland, and mutually funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Dioscuri is a programme devised by the Max Planck Society to support the development of lighthouses of scientific excellence in Central and Eastern Europe. To this end, the programme promotes outstanding researchers 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 Programme supports the establishment of Dioscuri 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.

MPG and NCN publish calls for Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence in Poland in all fields of the Humanities, Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Technology. The Dioscuri Committee is responsible for the overall review and selection process for the establishment of DCs. Funding for DCs is mutually provided by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The selected DCs are funded with up to 300,000 Euro per year, initially for five years. This amount is part of a larger package provided by the respective Host Institution, involving supplementary funds, infrastructure, scientific equipment, and a long-term perspective for the leader of the DC.

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