Polish scientists express alarm at government plans to abolish national research funding agency

20 Sep 2023 | News

Two open letters have been sent to Poland’s president and prime minister in an attempt to prevent the National Science Centre - the main basic research funding agency - from closure

The National Science Centre is Poland's main funding agency for basic research. Photo: Narodowe Centrum Nauki / Facebook

Leading Polish scientists have hit out at government plans to scrap the country’s basic research funding agency, the National Science Centre (NCN), with 48 winners of European Research Council (ERC) grants signing an open letter to the president and prime minister demanding it is retained

“NCN has for years supported thousands of talented and ambitious scientists at various stages of their careers,” they say. “Without this support, the work of these scientists in Poland may become impossible to the great detriment of science in the country.

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