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Science and Education Support Fund

Lectures for students conducted by some outstanding scientists from Harvard, Stanford or Cambridge universities? It is possible in the Metropolis GZM owing to the Science and Assistance Support Fund. Public and private universities operating in the area of GZM can receive even 99% of funding for inviting world-class scientists. The Metropolis allocates PLN 8 million to 2022.

Most often, when young people leave to study in another city, they see their future in the newly selected place – they finish their education, start work, start a family there. This causes brain drain of our cities and municipalities. Consequently, the potential of the whole Metropolis decreases. We want to prevent this from occurring and encourage young people to plan their future in the GZM.

That is why the idea of the Science and Assistance Support Fund appeared. In this way, the Metropolis wants to help universities improve the attractiveness of their scientific and educational offer, and encourage students to live here and pursue their professional goals after completing their education.

There are 28 operating universities in the Metropolis educating approx. 120,000 students. All of them can receive PLN 8 million of grants to cover the costs of salaries of distinguished scientists who will conduct lectures, seminars, laboratories or consultations for our students to 2022. The grant can even amount to 99%.

What great scientists are going to visit us? The universities are going to decide. However, we know that these are going to be scientists who work every day at the universities from the list of 20 best universities in the world according to the most prestigious academic rankings, e.g. the Academic Ranking of World Universities. This includes American universities such as Harvard, Stanford or Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and British ones – Cambridge or Oxford. High ranks are currently given to universities from Switzerland, Canada, China, Singapore and Japan as well.

Additional points in the grant application will be obtained when the invited person is a winner of: the Nobel Prize or works/worked in the Nobel Prize winner’s research team, Fields Medal, Kyoto Prize, Templeton Prize, Mies van der Rohe Award or the Academy Award (Oscar).

The range of fields in which these prestigious prizes are awarded is very wide. These are disciplines such as economics, physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, biology, mathematics, astronomy and astrophysics, natural sciences, cognitive science, electronics, biotechnology and medical technologies, material sciences and engineering, information sciences, music, art, theatre and film, thought and ethics, architecture.

When applying for a grant, universities have to provide a CV of a world-class scientist, his/her preliminary consent to participate in the planned project, his/her scientific achievements, and need to present a description and scope of the planned co-operation, e.g. the number of open lectures, individual consultations and the duration of a specialised seminar. Grants can be obtained for single events but stays lasting longer than one month will be favoured. Additional points can also be obtained if some universities of the Metropolis co-operate during the project implementation. This refers to student exchange or conducting classes at the partner university by the invited scientist.

The call for proposals is open continuously. This means that universities, at any time of the year, can apply to the Metropolis for co-financing of the project that they are preparing. For the three following years, they can get a total of PLN 8 million: PLN 3 million in 2020, PLN 2 million in 2021 and PLN 3 million in 2022.

The subsidy received in a given financial year must be settled by the end of December.

Regulations and application form available here

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