Pan European Networks - Horizon 2020 - page 31

ERA action
The Ministry of Science and Higher Education
is also supporting 11 projects within Horizon
2020’s ‘Teaming’ action, part of the ‘Spreading
Excellence and Widening Participation’ cross-
cutting objective which seeks to address the
disparities between EU member states in
undertaking research and innovation and help
develop and maximise the benefits of the
European Research Area (ERA). The Teaming
action encourages the association and
collaboration between advanced research
institutions and other research establishments
in the EU, with the aim of creating or upgrading
centres of excellence.
The ministry is also encouraging participation in
‘Twinning’, which aims to help strengthen
research by linking two leading European
research institutions, and the ERA Chairs
scheme, which assists universities and other
research institutions to develop high quality
human resources and realise structural changes
to develop a sustainable, excellent science base.
P
oland is already celebrating success in Horizon 2020. After just
the first year of funding calls, the country has already achieved
an above EU average score in terms of project participation. In a
statement released in October, Poland’s Minister of Science and Higher
Education, Professor Dr Lena Kolarska-Bobi´nska, said the country had
shown that Polish scientists “are able to compete and win with the best”,
and that she was “genuinely pleased with this success”. The results are
in contrast to Poland’s relatively poor performance in the Seventh
Framework Programme (FP7), where only 2% of the country’s 64,000
scientists were involved in EU research projects.
Between 2007 and 2013, Poland had a success rate of just 18.6% in
receiving EU funds, compared to an EU average of 20.5%; many regions
of Poland even failed to benefit from any Horizon 2020 funding. The
minister therefore has set the goal of doubling the number of scientists
who apply for Horizon 2020 funding compared to FP7.
Initial results from the European Commission show that Poland achieved
participation in 127 project consortia out of a total of 800 during the first
year of Horizon 2020; a total of 38 Horizon 2020 project calls were
announced by the Commission. The statistics translate into an overall
success rate of 15.8% for Poland, 2% above the present EU average. In
addition, Polish researchers are co-ordinating a total of 11 international
research projects.
Poland triumphs
With the call results of the first year of Horizon 2020 now in,
Portal
explores the
accomplishments of Poland and hears the thoughts of Science Minister
Professor Dr Lena Kolarska-Bobi ´nska
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