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New Ideas in Priority Research Area II

Call for proposals extended until 28 May 2021.

Call for competition

  • Name of the competition: New Ideas in Priority Research Area II
  • Objective: support research projects which are thematically related to POB (Priority Research Area) II
  • Thematic area of the projects: https://inicjatywadoskonalosci.uw.edu.pl/en/actions/areas/pob2/
  • Applicant: a researcher or a researcher/teacher counted among the N-classified staff, with at least a doctoral degree, or a team of employees represented by a project manager, who applies for funding on behalf of the team. The chosen project manager must have at least a doctoral degree and be counted among N-classified staff at UW. The research team includes research or research/teaching staff from the University of Warsaw, who are N-classified, and may include students or doctoral students at the University of Warsaw who are carrying out project-related tasks.
  • Date of competition announcement: 20 April 2021.
  • Start date for the call for proposals: 21 April 2021.
  • Closing date for the call for proposals: 21 May 2021. 28 May 2021.
  • The competition results will be announced by: 14 June 2021 28 June 2021 (this deadline may be extended in the case of a large number of applications)
  • Competition budget: 700 000 PLN
  • Project budget: 30 000 – 150 000 PLN
  • Project duration: until 28 February 2023.
  • How to apply: only electronically to the following address noweidee.pob2@uw.edu.pl
Competition rulesFAQSelection committeeResults
Errata, 29.04.2021
In Annex 3, in the “External services” section, the content:

Costs related to services purchased from external entities (institutional and natural persons conducting business activity), including the following

was changed to

Costs related to services purchased from external entities, including the following

The updated version of the annex is available below.

Errata, 06.05.2021
In Annex 7 the indicators 10 and 14 have been removed.

The updated version of the annex is available below.

Errata, 20.05.2021
In the text of Annex 3, in point “1. Category: Remuneration costs”, the content

Remuneration costs, along with non-wage labour costs, are only provided for those who are members of the research team as part of “New Ideas”, including:

was changed to

Remuneration costs, along with non-wage labour costs, are only provided exclusively for UW employees performing works in project as part of “New Ideas”, including:

The updated version of the annexes is available below.

Errata, 21.05.2021
Annex 1b has been updated by adding a comment in line 9.

Rules for the competition “New Ideas” in POB II implemented within the “Excellence Initiative – Research University” Programme

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The principles of remunerating people participating in research as part of research projects are regulated by the Bursar’s Notice No. 6/2020 from October 8, 2020 (along with amendments introduced in Notice No. 1/2021) on the implementation of the remuneration settlement procedure, for people participating in studies as part of research projects.
“Small equipment” should be understood as small laboratory equipment and other devices, if they are not included in tangible assets, in accordance with accounting rules (policy) (Ordinance No. 94 of the Rector of the University of Warsaw from the 9th of September, 2019, on the Principles for the recognition of assets as fixed assets, intangible assets and legal assets, and the methods of their amortisation and inventory.).

In case of doubts as to how a given purchase will be qualified, please consult the persons responsible for the records of fixed assets in the unit where the project is to be implemented.

Yes, the cost estimate must include gross amounts. They should be calculated in accordance with the calculator chart available on the website of the Bursar’s Office at UW.
Yes. There is no impediment to allocating the funds to cover the costs of a project which is being carried out by researchers from different organizational units, in accordance with the cost estimate.
Members of the research team may only receive remuneration based on an employment contract, or supplementary remuneration, in the case of people already employed at the University of Warsaw.
Common-law contracts may be financed under the “Other costs” (External services) category. Such costs are then treated as the purchase of services or goods from external entities and should be carried out in accordance with the public procurement rules of the organisational unit in which the project is implemented.
The costs of internal services are eligible in the competition, but they are allowed only when they relate to settlements between UW units as a reimbursement of actual incurred costs. In case of purchasing a comprehensive service from another UW unit, it is necessary to provide a calculation of the expenditures which comprise the cost of such a service. The cost eligibility assessment should be made on the basis of Annex 3 to the competition rules, and in particular fulfill its premise: the cost is admissible, provided that “it is necessary and was incurred in relation to the implementation of the project”.
Doctoral candidates, who are not employees of the University of Warsaw, cannot receive supplementary remuneration, but may be employed full-time or part-time and receive remuneration. Doctoral candidates may participate in the work of research teams as part of the process of their education.
There is no such restriction. Part-time employment is possible, in which case the maximum rate of remuneration is proportional to a reduced full-time job. Maximum values are indicated in the appendix with the rates of remuneration for research team members.
When estimating salaries, the principle of rationality and efficiency in expenses should be followed, first of all. The competition rules define only the maximum amounts of remuneration.
In accordance with Annex 3 to the rules of the competition, the costs of business trips, including those abroad, are acceptable costs. When planning the costs of such trips, one should follow the principle of necessity, rationality, and effectiveness of expenses.
Information on the rates applicable in the competition can be found in Annex 4 to the rules of the competition.
The costs of publishing research results include all costs related to the publication of research, which are necessary for the achievement of project objectives.
Yes, if the publication of an article or a monograph has been indicated as the planned outcome of the project implementation, in justified cases (e.g., the length of the publishing cycle), submission for publication may be considered as effective implementation of the project objectives.
This point should describe all activities which are to be implemented during the project that were not included in point 1-4 of the description (e.g., those that are not related to the research methodology).
The application form does not require a description of all future members of the research team. The selection committee will evaluate the application on the basis of the current composition of the team, in particular the competencies of the project manager. The expected employment of team members during the project should be indicated in the description of planned activities. If the leader plans to recruit team members in the future, it will be enough to describe the desired competencies / qualifications of team members, while also accounting for the costs of remuneration of future team members in the cost estimate for the project.
It is not necessary to indicate the specific journals in which the publication of articles is planned. However, a positive assessment of the application by the selection committee also depends on whether it considers the planned outcomes of the project (e.g., the publication of scientific articles in highly-scored journals) to be feasible. From this perspective, identifying specific journals in which the article(s) will be published may have a positive impact on the assessment of the application (as only in this case will it be possible to assess whether the application relates to some of the CV indicators – namely, those related to scientific publications).
In accordance with Paragraph 6 of the competition rules, only employees of the University of Warsaw can be members of the research team, so only information about people working at the University of Warsaw should be entered there.
Yes. There are no obstacles to including people in the research team who are doctoral candidates from the University of Warsaw and also full-time employees of other universities.
No, the head of the research team can only be a person who holds at least a doctoral degree.
Yes, foreigners may submit projects, if they meet the conditions listed in Paragraph 6. Documentation for the competition in English is available on the website inicjatywadoskonalosci.uw.edu.pl/en/actions/ni/pob2/
A postdoc is any researcher with a PhD degree.
The consent of the head of the organizational unit may be expressed a) with a traditional signature with a seal – in which case the application should be sent in the form of a scan; b) a qualified electronic signature; c) in the content of an e-mail from the head of this unit – in which case a copy of this e-mail (a printout to PDF file) should be attached to the application, clearly indicating which application the consent was granted to.
Yes, some signatures on the application may be given in a traditional form, and some as electronic signatures. Please remember that the document should first obtain traditional signatures, and then electronic signatures. This will allow the electronic signatures to be verified, if necessary.
In accordance with Paragraph 9 (3) of the competition rules: All transfers of funds between cost estimate categories must be approved by the Programme Manager. Changes among cost types within a cost category do not require the consent of the Programme Manager. Changes should only be made in justified and necessary cases, and must not have a negative impact on the achievement of the project objectives.
In accordance with Paragraph 6 of the rules of the competition, members of research teams cannot be persons who are not affiliated with the University of Warsaw.
Yes, the competition does not impose any restrictions in this regard.
A sabbatical leave is not an obstacle when applying to a competition, if the specific regulations of a given leave do not preclude doing so.

Selection committee

  • prof. dr hab. Katarzyna Chałasińska-Macukow, Faculty of Physics – chairperson
  • Rafał Duczmal, Research Services Office
  • prof. dr hab. Bohdan Grządkowski, Faculty of Physics
  • dr hab. Tomasz Kazimierczuk, Faculty of Physics
  • dr hab. Krzysztof Kilian, Centre of New Technologies
  • prof. dr hab. Bogdan Lesyng, Faculty of Physics
  • dr hab. Wiktor Lewandowski, Faculty of Chemistry
  • prof. dr hab. Piotr Sułkowski, Faculty of Physics
  • dr hab. Michał Tomza, Faculty of Physics
  • Title of the project: Atomowocienkie, wielkopowierzchniowe warstwy dichalkogenków metali przejściowych o rekordowych parametrach optycznych
    Applicant: dr hab. Wojciech Pacuski, Faculty of Physics
    Allocated funds: 150 000,00 PLN
  • Title of the project: Sekrety klasycznych i kwantowych czarnych dziur w obecności dodatniej stałej kosmologicznej
    Applicant: prof. dr hab. Jerzy Lewandowski, Faculty of Physics
    Allocated funds: 120 480,00 PLN
  • Title of the project: Nowe idee otrzymywania sfunkcjonalizowanych struktur nanometrycznych na powierzchniach grafenu oraz przejść fazowych w wybranych dichalkogenków metali przejściowych przy użyciu nanolitografii termochemicznej.
    Applicant: dr hab. Robert Szoszkiewicz, prof. ucz., Faculty of Chemistry
    Allocated funds: 150 000,00 PLN
  • Title of the project: Nadprzewodnictwo w temperaturze pokojowej bez użycia ciśnienia zewnętrznego
    Applicant: prof. dr hab. Wojciech Grochala, Centre of New Technologies
    Allocated funds: 150 000,00 PLN
  • Title of the project: Symetria O(d,d) w teorii strun i kosmologii
    Applicant: prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Meissner, Faculty of Physics
    Allocated funds: 150 000,00 PLN
  • Title of the project: Synchronizacja urządzeń QKD za pomocą sygnału nośnej optycznej
    Applicant: dr Michał Karpiński, Faculty of Physics
    Allocated funds: 92 000,00 PLN
  • Title of the project: Nowa metoda modelowania białek wykorzystująca informację ewolucyjną
    Applicant: dr hab. Dominik Gront, prof. ucz., Faculty of Chemistry
    Allocated funds: 120 000,00 PLN
  • Title of the project: Oddziaływania światła i plazmy w światłowodach typu hollow core
    Applicant: dr hab. Mariusz Klimczak, Faculty of Physics
    Allocated funds: 70 000,00 PLN

Following the opinion of the POB II competition committee,
The Programme Manager agreed to increase the competition budget to PLN 1,002,480.00