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Polish programme in support of young scientists

  • Poland’s €1.2 million HOMING programme supports 47 projects that aim to encourage young Polish scientists to return to Poland after an extended research stay abroad.

    After the EU enlargement in 2004, more than 1.5 million people chose to emigrate from Poland. Responding to the large number of young professionals and scientists moving abroad, the HOMING programme was launched in 2006 by the Foundation for Polish Science. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are supporting the programme with €700 000, which accounts for 60% of the fund.

    The overall objective of the Homing programme is to prevent brain-drain of young Polish scientists from Polish research institutions. The programme does so by providing young scholars with financial support to facilitate their return and boosting their academic careers by offering them improved working conditions in Poland. The fund focuses on cases involving young Polish scientists in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and it also supports the establishment of the European Research Area. Through three open calls, grants were awarded to 47 projects.

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  • Country:

    Poland


    Project title:

    Homing programme – research projects in all the priority fields, carried out by young PhD’s returning to Poland in collaboration with the respective foreign research centre.

    Case number:

    PL0072

    Priority sector:

    Academic research

    Status:

    Concluded

    Type & project assistance:

    Programmes (group of projects)

    Project duration:

    36 months

    Project cost:

    € 1,190,913

    Grant rate:

    60%

    Grant agreement date:

    04 September 2007

    The purpose of the Fund is to increase the attractiveness of conducting research in Poland in collaboration with a foreign research institution, with the overall objective of preventing a brain-drain of young Polish scientists from Polish research institutions. The Fund will focus on cases involving young Polish scientists in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and will support the establishment of the European Research Area. Reference is made to the application dated 29 November 2005 and subsequent information received in correspondence dated 4 August and 7 December 2006.



    The completed Fund shall include the following activities and results:

    - granting of sub-grants to support young scientists based in Poland to continue their research work in Poland by financing needs such as: purchase of equipment, access to scientific publications, scientific exchanges with other centres, coverage of project and administrative costs, and continued collaboration with the foreign research institutions they had been / are staying at around the time of application;

    - Fund management costs.



    The Intermediary is the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP).