The Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences has received an important grant from "Research Potential" activity of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union, recognising its excellence.
The European Commission has awarded a NOBLESSE grant of EUR 3 300 000 – one of the largest grants ever awarded to a single Polish research institution within the framework of the "Research Potential" of the Seventh Framework Programme – to the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS). “The NOBLESSE grant will allow us to undertake activities that will further improve the quality of the scientific research conducted at our institute,” says Prof. Robert Hołyst, director for scientific affairs, and stresses that IPC PAS is the sole beneficiary of the grant.
Only seven scientific institutions out of 293 grant applications in the last "Research Potential" 2011 call for proposals were awarded maximum points – including IPC PAS.
Thanks to NOBLESSE grant the Institute of Physical Chemistry will be able to employ several researchers from foreign research centres and organize a range of international scientific conferences related to research topics covered by IPC PAS. Activities aimed at fostering cooperation with industry and related to the protection and valuation of intellectual property will also be undertaken. Additionally, a high quality scanning electron microscope will be purchased for the purposes of the institute.
The NOBLESSE grant will also serve to set up a new research groups. "We turn to young scientists. We want the groups to be headed by PhD without a postdoctoral degree. The grant is a proof that the European Union supports such activities", says Prof. Hołyst. The new groups will take up issues related among others, to quantum nanostructures, biospectroscopy, biosensors and the so-called green nanotechnology. Scientists from 16 European countries will contribute to the research.
“The activities financed from the NOBLESSE grant will accelerate our integration with the European Research Area”, concludes Prof. Hołyst.
In 2010 IPC PAS employed 220 researchers in research groups, who published 175 scientific papers in journals from the Philadelphia list (90% of the papers) and received several thousand citations. A dozen or so scientists from IPC PAS receive over 100 citations annually. The institute collaborates with 43 universities and scientific institutions from Poland and around the world, among others with the Max Planck Institute, the French École Normale Supérieure and the Harvard University.
The aim of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union, implemented since 2007, is to support scientific research and technological development. The 7-year programme has a budget of EUR 50 billion, which is mainly spent on research grants for participants from Europe and around the world involved in international research projects that improve the competitiveness of European industry on international markets.