Second Call for Dioscuri Centres!


The Max Planck Society (MPG) and the National Science Centre in Poland (NCN) are running jointly call for proposals in the second edition of the international competition for the establishment of Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence in Poland!

The Dioscuri program, mutually funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), was initiated by the Max Planck Society. Its objective is to strengthen and develop scientific excellence through the creation of Dioscuri Centres in Central and Eastern Europe by promoting outstanding researchers who want to conduct their research in this region. Within them, each call awardee has the opportunity to build his or her own research teams in the best Polish scientific institutions.

The work of the Centres will be accompanied by Partners from German universities or research institutions in order to strengthen scientific exchange between Poland and Germany. These Partners will promote the Centres’ structural development and integration in scientific networks.

Polish Host Institution will receive up to € 300,000 annually to be spent exclusively on the Dioscuri Centre’s operations and the project leader will receive € 100,00 per year. The funding period for each Dioscuri Centre comprises five years and may be extended for another five years.

It is worth adding that the first two Dioscuri Centres will be created at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences – one headed by Aleksandra Pękowska, currently working at the National Institutes of Health in the United States, the second by Grzegorz Sumara from the University of Würzburg in Germany.

The call is directed at internationally competitive and scientifically outstanding scientists who have proven their ability to conduct innovative research independently. In the second call, up to a total of four DCs will be established in the fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Natural Sciences and Technology. The deadline for applications is 20th March 2019.

Detailed information can be found on the Polish National Science Centre and the Max Planck Society’s websites. Contact: Małgorzata Jacobs, NCN (, Steffi Heinecke, MPG (