Dioscuri programme is initiated by the Max Planck Society, jointly managed with the National Science Centre in Poland, and mutually funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Dioscuri is a programme devised by MPG to support the development of lighthouses of scientific excellence in Central and Eastern Europe by promoting outstanding scientists who want to conduct their research in this region. Following a bottom-up and sustainable approach, it strives to establish future-oriented research fields and international standards of scientific quality. Dioscuri serves to strengthen the European Research Area as a whole and to expand the foundations for long-term economic and social prosperity in Europe.
Under the first call of the Dioscuri programme out of 45 applicants two Polish scientists were selected, both from the Nencki Institute for Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw: Aleksandra Pękowska and Grzegorz Sumara.
The second call of the programme resulted in 24 applications. The winners - three Polish researchers from the Polish Academy of Sciences will become the leaders of new Dioscuri centres in Warsaw: Paweł Dłotko (Institute of Mathematics), Gracjan Michlewski (International Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology) and Bartłomiej Wacław (Institute of Physical Chemistry).
Details of the third call, including the application procedure, evaluation and selection process as well as funding are available on the websites of the National Science Centre.