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As many as 79 projects concerning the fight against the coronavirus were received by the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) from single infection hospitals, as stated in the communication. The first entities have already received decisions to grant funding.
Funds for single infection hospitals to fight the coronavirus
Funding is awarded on a non-competitive basis. In total, more than PLN 27m was allocated in the first tranche for research and development work in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic. The beneficiaries were, among others, the Medical Centre in Lancut, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski Regional Hospital in Lomza, the Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration in Warsaw and the Wroclaw University of Technology.
The implementation of the projects that will receive funding should not take more than a year. NCBR’s support for single infection hospitals is 100% of eligible costs. The funds may be used, among others, for the remuneration of scientific and research workers, technical and auxiliary personnel in the part where the remuneration is directly related to the implementation of scientific research and project development works; for external content-related services provided as part of subcontracting; as well as for the purchase, depreciation of research equipment or its use against payment.
Involvement in the NCBR initiative
Most hospitals submitted more than one application – some of them applied as project leaders and some as co-consumers. Applications for project funding were accepted from 22 April to 31 May 2020. Their total value is nearly PLN 380m. Thus, one applicant applies for about PLN 4.8m on average. The lowest amount applied for is less than PLN 0.2m, and the highest – over PLN 47m. In the nearest future contracts will be signed, immediately after obtaining the consent of the Minister of Science and Higher Education to grant funding.
All of this within the framework of the initiative “Support for single infection hospitals in the fight against the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infection and in COVID-19 treatment”. It assumes financing of scientific research or development works carried out in this area by single infection hospitals, consortia of single infection hospitals and scientific entities. The initial budget of the whole undertaking is PLN 100m.