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Zylicz 12 12-11

  1. 1. New approaches and best practices Foundation for Polish Science strategy to win the best Maciej Zylicz Science and Technology Landscape in a Changing World -Enhancing US Collaboration with the EU and its Member States Conference Washington DC, December 2011
  2. 2. Foundation history registered in 1991 according to the law on foundations and own statute public benefit organization since 2005 (under law on public benefit activities) independent self – financing (endowment from the Central Fund for Science and Technology Development) not - for – profit operating on national and international level the biggest non-governmental organization supporting science in Poland since 1991 2
  3. 3. Finances initial endowment – ca 90 m USD (1991) till October 2011 – total contribution to science in Poland exceeds ca 120 m euro current assets amount ca 120 m euro EU Structural funds 120 m euro spendings in 2011 – ca 24 m euro 3
  4. 4. Finances part 2 Total spendings in PLN
  5. 5. Foundation mission
  6. 6. Foundation mission ‘Supporting only the best, so they become even better’
  7. 7. Foundation principles competitiveness - open competition in all FNP programs peer review system – as an essential and fundamental tool for evaluation of every submitted project proposal transparency - external financial audit & public annual financial and program reports Open to all nationalities Code of Ethics – both for FNP authorities, staff and beneficiaries 7
  8. 8. FNP PRIORITIESFNP concentrates on people rather thanany thematic priorities or institutionsGives assistance in getting independenceProtects the talents in the systemFNP promotes excellence in all fields ofscience and humanities
  10. 10. To win the best strategy  Ventures & Start programs – to begin…  Kolumb, Bridge & Homing programs – to set in motion…  Team & Grand Master programs – to gain independence…  Welcome, Ideas for Poland programs – to attract…  FNP Prize, Copernicus Award, Honorary Alexander v. Humboldt scholarship programs – to award…
  11. 11. To begin … The objective – to encourage young researchers to pursue scientific careers. VENTURES – supporting master students, graduates and PhD students carrying out projects with a practical application to the economy (grant & scholarship) START– supporting PhD students and young doctors in country (over 150 fellows a year) + short term visits abroad to look for a postdoc
  12. 12. To set in motion….• to direct young researchers abroad to gain experience• to encourage young Polish scholars abroad to return to Poland• bring young PhDs who are citizens of other countries for a postdoctoral fellowship to Poland• Kolumb program – outgoing fellowships for young Polish PhDs (18 calls between 1995 – 2011, 201 stipends granted, fellows went to 18 countries• Homing Plus program - return grants for Polish scientists & grants for foreign postdocs• Bridge program – grant for parents scientists returning to research activity 12
  13. 13. To gain and supportindependence… TEAM – for research team leaders intending to engage students, PhD students or young PhDs in the project (increase engagement of young scientists in research performed by the best teams and in the best laboratories in Poland) GRANDMASTER program – academic grants for professors (partly to support young scientists) – up to 3 years/100 000 euro (new scheme for sabbaticals);
  14. 14. To attract…. WELCOME - grants for outstanding scientists willing to conduct their research in Poland, created to encourage the best scientists from all over the world to move to Poland and continue their research in one of Polish research institutions.IDEAS for POLAND – for recipients ofERC starting grants/ incentive toconduct their projects in Poland
  15. 15. To award…• FNP Prize – the best known scheme, 4 prizes for the best Polish scientists (the most prestigious individual prize in Poland – 50 000 euro;• Copernicus Award (DFG-FNP) – for a pair of scientists, one from Poland and one from Germany, who in a collaboration and their work is well recognized in their field at the international level• Alexander von Humboldt Honorary Fellowship – fellowships for German professors, who realize their project in Poland within 3 years
  16. 16. Impact - last 20 years7500 awards and scholarships(present situation)• Independent research teams – 70• PhD schools -- 23• Scholarship holders – 1214 (visitors from abroad 122) - master’s students - 395 - PhD’ s students - 666 - postdoc’s - 153
  17. 17. Supporting and promoting excellenceShort term changes• Improving evaluation– fund excellence only• Limit number of tenured positions in research institutes• Continued influx of young people running independent groups• Competitive open calls for any independent positions becoming available• Competitive open calls for institute directors and Dept. Chairs.• Install Scientific Advisory Boards (SABs), primarily consisting of high profile foreign scientists (not “friends” of the Institute),• Eliminate Scientific Councils consisting primarily of Professor from the Institute itself and other Institutions in Poland.• English as an “operational” language• Competitive salary
  18. 18. Long Term Actions• Creating centers of excellence (including 6-8 International Institutes)• How to do it: – Max-Planck type of Institutes. Rather new Institutes than converting old ones into new scheme that may not be that easy. – Special funding program for 5-10 institutions (country-wide) evaluated by international panel, based not only on current research but also on proposed coherent, competitive and innovative program for next 5-10 years (this has recently been done in Spain) – Funding Excellence Clusters (Universities, Medical Schools, Technical Universities localized in the same town). Following example of Germany. – Funding Core Facilities – special funding for 5-6 years
  19. 19. Crosswise programsUniversities PAS inst.
  20. 20. Crosswise programsUniversities Int. Inst. PAS inst.
  21. 21. Crosswise programsUniversities Int. Inst. PAS inst. Core Facilities PhD programs Excellence Clusters
  22. 22. Thank you for your attention! For further information please visit us at www.fnp.eu 22