Prof. Juliusz Pernak won Academic grant for professors in the 2009 MISTRZ Programme
Prof. Juliusz Pernak, DSc (Eng) on 9th June 2010 received a laureate's diploma of 12th edition of the MISTRZ Programme, realized by The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP).
Last year's edition was addressed to representatives of technical sciences. 48 scientists took part in it. They are advanced researchers and they are able to effectively combine research with training of younger staff. Candidate's applications have been assessed by 150 non-Polish reviewers. On the basis of their reviews the The Executive Board of the Foundation has awarded 9 stipends of PLN 450 000.00, which may last up to 3 years and may be destined for intensification of research work, new research and training of younger staff.
The MISTRZ Programme has been realized since 1998. Its objective is to support distinguished scholars by awarding them grants designed either to intensify the research they are already conducting or to explore new fields of research.
The programme is addressed to advanced researchers whose attainments so far provide assurance of proper use of the funding, and who are able to effectively combine research with training of younger staff. Beginning from the 2002 edition of the programme, the following are ineligible for the programme:
- scholars serving as university presidents or vice-presidents, as well as directors of research institutes;
- researchers over age 60.
The grant includes:
- an individual stipend for the winner;
- funding which the winner may use in his or her discretion for such items as stipends for doctoral students and young PhD's, purchasing of books, scientific journals, equipment, specialized software and research materials, conferences and research travel, organizing seminars, inviting young researchers from other institutions for short-term fellowships, and publishing articles in leading Open Access journals.
Grants are awarded via a closed competition which covers a different field of science each year.
Candidates are nominated by a group of several dozen distinguished scholars, appointed by the Foundation, who are recognized as authorities in the given field. On this basis the Foundation creates a list of persons invited to participate in the competition. Invited scholars who would like to participate in the competition are required to submit information about their research goals together with a plan for use of the grants. The Executive Board of the Foundation selects the winners, with the help of opinions from reviewers.
In addition, winners in all editions of the programme who have completed implementation of the grant may apply for a one-time research grant in the nature of sabbatical leave. The Foundation expects to be able to offer up to 3 sabbatical grants per year.