OPUS Grants for Research Institutions in Poland


The National Science Centre has launched the OPUS 27 call for research projects addressed at researchers at any stage of their research career. Research projects may be carried out over a period of 12, 24, 36 or 48 months. Under OPUS 27, funding may be requested for research projects carried out:

  • in collaboration with partners from foreign research institutions;
  • without foreign partners;
  • with the use of large-scale international research infrastructure by the Polish research teams.

Please note: Under OPUS 27, funding must not be requested under the Lead Agency Procedure, i.e., in collaboration with partners from foreign research institutions that apply for project funding under programmes launched in collaboration with the National Science Centre pursuant to the Lead Agency Procedure.

The call budget is 450,000,000 PLN.

Proposals must be submitted electronically via the OSF submission system (https://osf.opi.org.pl) pursuant to the Proposal Submission Procedure.

The call for proposals in the OSF submission system closes on 17 June 2024, at 4 p.m.


  • the maximum amount of doctoral scholarship for PhD students at doctoral schools in the Salaries and scholarships for students and PhD students category, which scholarships may be disbursed after the mid-term evaluation, shall be modifiedFor more information, please refer to the How can the project budget be planned section.
  • the Regulations on awarding funding for research tasks funded by the National Science Centre as regards research projects shall be amended in particular as regards the Evaluation of proposals in the calls for research projects and Costs in research projects. For more information, please refer to the What is reviewed in the evaluation of proposals and How can the project budget be planned sections.

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, pursuant to a Resolution adopted by the NCN, proposals submitted to the National Science Centre must not provide for any collaboration between Polish and Russian entities. Where any such collaboration is planned, the proposals shall be rejected as ineligible. 

Please read the call documents included in this call text.

If you are intending to submit a proposal to OPUS 27:

  1. read all call documents included in the call text, in particular:
  2. obtain data from the host institution for the project that is required to complete the proposal and find out about the internal procedures that may affect the proposal and project performance (cost planned in the project, procedure for acquiring signature(s) of authorised representative(s) of the institution to confirm submission of the proposal);
  3. if the applicant is a group of Polish entities, an agreement on collaboration for the purposes of completion of the requested research project must be drafted;
  4. prepare acceptance letters from publishers confirming that the paper has been accepted for publication (when the scientific achievements section includes papers accepted for publication that have not been published yet).

Before the proposal is submitted to the NCN:

  1. make sure that all information in and annexes to the proposal are correct. Verification of the proposal for completeness in the OSF submission system by pressing the Sprawdź kompletność[Check completeness] button does not guarantee that all information has been entered correctly and that the required annexes have been attached;
  2. make sure that all tabs have been completed in the correct language;
  3. disable the final version of the proposal to the NCN;
  4. download the confirmation of proposal submission – to be signed by the principal investigator and authorised representative(s) of the host institution; and
  5. upload the signed confirmation of proposal submission.

Once the proposal has been completed and all the required annexes attached, use the Wyślij do NCN[Send to NCN] button to submit the proposal to the NCN electronicallyvia the OSF submission system.

Once the call for proposals has been closed:

  1. evaluation of proposals will be carried out;
  2. after each stage of evaluation, the funding decision by the NCN Director will be delivered;
  3. if the proposal is recommended for funding, afunding agreementwill be entered into;
  4. the project will be carried out pursuant to the funding agreementand Regulations on the implementation of research projects, fellowships and scholarships.

In the event of a breach of the call procedure or other formal infringements, the applicant may appeal against the decision of the NCN Directorwith the Committee of Appeals of the NCN Council within 14 days of the effective delivery of the decision.

Call documents

  1. Terms of the OPUS call
  2. Regulations on awarding funding for research tasks funded by the National Science Centre
  3. NCN review panels
  4. Regulations for awarding scholarships in the NCN-funded research projects
  5. Costs in research projects funded by NCN  
  6. OPUS proposal form template
  7. Guides for Applicants to complete the proposal in the OSF submission system
  8. Agreement on collaboration for the purposes of completion of the requested research project
  9. State aid
  10. Guidelines for applicants to complete the Data Management Plan form in the proposal
  11. Guidelines for applicants to complete the Ethics Issues form in the proposal
  12. NCN’s Open Access Policy, as amended
  13. Guidelines: NCN’s Open Access Policy
  14. The Code of the National Science Centre on research integrity and applying for research funding
  15. Proposal submission procedure

Documents concerning evaluation of proposals:

  1. Proposal evaluation criteria
  2. Expert Teams of the National Science Centre - formation and appointing
  3. Detailed procedure for evaluating proposals by the Expert Teams
  4. Service of decisions of the NCN Director
  5. Guidelines for appealing against the NCN Director’s decisions

Documents to be read after the call for proposals is concluded:

  1. OPUS agreement template
  2. Order establishing a procedure for conducting audits on host institution’s premises
  3. Guidelines for entities auditing the implementation of research projects funded by the National Science Centre
  4. Evaluation of monographs in research projects funded by the National Science Centre
  5. NCN Council Resolution on collaboration with the Russian Federation within the framework of NCN-funded grants
Date de candidature
12, 24, 36 ou 48 mois
Sciences sociales
Sciences participatives