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Since January, the science ministry has begun monitoring the
implementation of the pact and is investigating the activities that have
been undertaken. Kolarska-Bobi´nska says that such an assessment will
help ensure Poland will remain in an optimal position to secure Horizon
2020 during 2015.
“We want to know what is going on at individual universities so that we
can be able to quickly discuss possible changes and the biggest
problems in applying for EU funds, and areas that need to be improved,”
the minister said. “We know that universities offer administrative support
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Poland’s priorities
Writing exclusively for Portal,
Professor Dr Lena Kolarska-Bobi ´nska,
Minister of Science and Higher
Education, detailed the steps and
accomplishments Poland has made in
its Horizon 2020 journey. She said:
“The Polish Government is determined
to create favourable conditions for
scientists who wish to participate in
Horizon 2020 calls.
“In June 2014, we signed the so-called ‘Pact for Horizon’, which
specifies the ministry’s new instruments of support and lists necessary
changes which should be implemented by research institutions. Six
months later, we can see that together with structural changes
introduced earlier the pact is beginning to bear fruit.
“The participation of Polish researchers in Horizon 2020 is greater
than under FP7, in addition to their success rate being higher.
“We are fully committed to increasing participation in all Horizon
2020 activities, including regular collaborative projects, by applying
mechanisms supporting SMEs and European Research Council
grants. We are also committed to increasing participation in actions
such as Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs.
“The range of activities we undertake to achieve these aims is
very broad and includes several regional, thematic, and
organisational initiatives.
“For example, we are organising 11 regional conferences on
Horizon 2020 to make sure that researchers from different
academic and research centres are fully aware of the opportunities
the EU research and innovation framework programme offers.
“Furthermore, we share the European Commission’s interest in
increasing the participation of the private sector in Horizon 2020
and offer numerous initiatives to bolster their activity.”
Poland is clearly ready to take hold of every opportunity that the EU
framework programme has to offer.
Professor Dr Lena
Kolarska-Bobi ´nska
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With a long history of
successful scientists,
including Marie
Skłodowska-Curie
(above), Poland is
hoping to secure
significantly higher
Horizon 2020 funding
than in FP7
for requests for grants and their settlement. We
know that there is a reduction of teaching
duties for those groups that apply for large,
complex grants. We want it all to take on a
faster pace and concern not only a small group
of universities.”
Moving off from a low baseline in FP7, Poland’s
actions to achieve a higher success rate in
Horizon 2020 are already paying dividends.
With initiatives such as the Pact for Horizon
2020, Poland is already making adjustments to
ensure future research and innovation success.
The challenge for the EU member state will now
be to maintain this momentum as the research
and innovation framework programme begins
to mature.
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