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Supporting the best,
so that they can become even better.

About FNP

The Foundation for Polish Science has been in operation since 1991. It is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit institution which pursues the mission of supporting science. It is the largest source of science funding in Poland outside of the state budget.The Foundation realizes its statutory purposes through:

  • Support for distinguished scholars and research teams in all fields of inquiry
  • Assisting innovative ventures and commercialization of scientific discoveries and inventions.

Photo: Bartłomiej Senkowski

Rules for award of support by the Foundation:

Main motto of FNP

“Supporting the best, so that they can become even better”

Direct support

targeted to scholars and research groups

Competition format

all grants, prizes and stipends are awarded on the basis of a competition, regardless the citizenship of candidates

Peer-review method

assessment of achievements of participants in the Foundation’s competitions is made by scientists

Scientific excellence

the most important criterion in awarding of support

“Hard money” principle

highly selective in awarding support in all programmes, strict accounting procedures for funding awarded.

The Foundation pays special attention to the transparency and openness of its operations, regarding this as the foundation for building the society’s trust in the Foundation and in the entire NGO sector. Financial reporting The Foundation is examined each year by renowned auditing firms. It publishes an extensive report on its operations every year in its Annual Report, available at FNP’s offices and on its website. FNP’s financial reports are submitted to the National Court Register and the competent ministries.

For more information visit the FNP's main website.