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Call for proposals under the Polish Returns NAWA programme 2021 in Poland


The aim of the Polish Returns NAWA Programme is to allow prominent Polish scientists to return to their

country and take up employment at Polish higher education institutions,

scientific units or research institutes. The Programme will create

optimal conditions for returning scientists to conduct world-class

scientific research or developmental work in Poland. Polish higher

education institutions, scientific units and research institutes will

acquire specialists with international experience and knowledge in the

field of the newest research trends in their scientific discipline.


DEADLINE: 29th July 2021


The Programme includes 2 tracks, depending on the stage of the returning scientist’s academic career:

  • Junior scientist
  • Experienced scientist.

What is funded


The following shall be financed under the Programme:


  • remuneration for the returning scientist
  • remuneration for the inviting person
  • remuneration for the project group
  • adaptation of the workplace
  • relocation of the returning scientist
  • research component financed by the National Science Centre in Poland.


Under the Junior scientist track the projects may last from 24 to 36

months, with NAWA financing up to the amount of PLN 1,193,200. In the

Experienced scientist track, projects from 36 to 48 months are possible

with NAWA financing up to PLN 2,447,600. Additionally, in the case of

basic research, one can apply for the NCN research component –

a starting grant of up to PLN 200,000.



The Junior scientist track the projects may last from 24 to 36 months.


The Experienced scientist track projects maj last from 36 to 48 months.




The returning scientist may be a person who:

  • is a Polish citizen
  • holds a doctoral degree (for Junior scientist – obtained not earlier than 7 years before submitting the application)
  • has worked abroad as a scientist for the required period specified

    in the call text, and at that time has not lived nor worked in Poland

  • can demonstrate scientific achievements that are internationally

    recognized, and stand out in the context of a given discipline and

    career stage

  • managed the implementation of at least one research project selected

    in a national or international competition (for Experienced scientist).


For more information about the Polish Returns NAWA programme please contact:


Katarzyna Pietruszyńska, Department of Programmes for Scientists NAWA


+ 48 22 390-35-56

The call for proposals shall be conducted from 14 May 2021

till 29July 2021, 3:00:00 pm (local time for Warsaw) in the Agency's ICT