Researchers from the University of Gdańsk were among the winners of the MINIATURE 5 competition organised by the National Science Centre. Funding for individual scientific activities was granted to researchers from the Faculties of Biology, Chemistry, Philology, Social Sciences, Law and Administration and the International Centre for Cancer Vaccines Science. In total, 13 projects were submitted by UG scientists.
The MINIATURE competition aims to support scientific activities leading to the preparation of a future research project planned for submission to NCN or other national or international competitions. In its fifth edition, one could obtain funding for PLN 5,000 to PLN 50,000 for activities lasting up to 12 months.
Researchers who obtained their doctoral degree no earlier than January 1, 2009, did not and do not lead a research project financed from the funds of the National Science Centre and have at least one published work or at least one artistic or artistic-scientific achievement to their credit, could apply for the funds.
Another 108 researchers from scientific centres all over Poland will begin preliminary and pilot studies, queries, scientific internships and consultancy trips thanks to financing from NCN within the MINIATURE 5 competition. Planned activities amount to nearly PLN 4 million.
Among the activities selected for funding, there are projects concerning the history and cultural heritage. There was also research on contemporary issues that affect human life and health. Funding in particular groups of sciences: humanities, social sciences and arts: 26 activities with a value of PLN 577,986, science and technology: 39 activities with a value of PLN 1,444,728 and life sciences: 43 activities worth PLN 1,970,685.
In the MINIATURE 5 competition, 108 projects of scientists from Polish universities and scientific institutions received co-financing. Employees of UG submitted 35 applications, and 13 activities have already received funding. The researchers of dr Natalia Wiśniewska from the Faculty of Biology, dr Jakub Faktor from the International Centre for Cancer Vaccines Science and dr Łukasz Cory from the Faculty of Law and Administration were joined by another 10 laureates from UG.
The Coordinators of Disciplines of the National Science Centre presented ranking lists of activities qualified for funding within the MINIATURA 5 competition for single scientific activities announced by NCN on May 4, 2021. The laureates include employees of the University of Gdańsk:
dr Urszula Zarzecka from the Faculty of Biology, proposal entitled: 'The role of periplasmic proteases in metalloregulation in Helicobacter pylori bacteria'. (funding for preliminary/pilot studies amounting to 49,940.00 PLN);
dr Anna Iglikowska from the Faculty of Biology, application entitled: 'Testing bioaccumulation of heavy metals in aquatic crustaceans from the class of bivalve molluscs' (Ostracoda). (funding of preliminary/pilot studies amounting to PLN 49 500.00)
dr inż. Karolina Wiktoria Stojowska-Swędrzyńska from the Faculty of Biology, proposal entitled: 'The role of cell cycle arrest at the stage of DNA sequestration during the "eclipse period" in the induction of a persistent state of Escherichia coli bacteria'. (funding for preliminary/pilot studies amounting to PLN 49 500.00);
dr Magdalena Maria Podlacha from the Faculty of Biology, proposal entitled: 'Evaluation of central immunological response induced by bacteriophages in nervous tissue'. (financing of preliminary/pilot studies amounting to PLN 49 500.00);
dr inż. Irena Anna Bylińska from the Chemistry Department, proposal entitled: 'Searching for new fluorescently labelled isothiocyanate derivatives showing anticancer activity'. (financing of preliminary/pilot studies amounting to PLN 49 940.00);
dr Mateusz Kowalik from the Faculty of Chemistry, an action entitled: 'Evaluation of the antimicrobial and cytotoxic activity of bismuth(III) complexes with pyrazine derivatives'. (financing of preliminary/pilot studies amounting to PLN 49 500.00);
dr inż. Małgorzata Gawrońska from the Faculty of Chemistry, an action entitled: 'New ampicillin derivatives and their complexes with copper(II) ions: synthesis, interaction with biomolecular entities, microbiological studies'. (financing of initial/pilot studies amounting to PLN 46 200.00);
dr Małgorzata Lisowska from the International Centre for Cancer Vaccines Science, an action entitled: 'Signalling through CD20 receptor in B-cell lymphoma'. (funding of preliminary/pilot studies amounting to PLN 49 771.00)
dr Karolina Rudnicka from the Faculty of Philology, an action entitled: 'The presence (or absence) of concordance between the number of a (plural) subject and its noun complement as a language-specific feature (English, German, Czech, Polish)'. - an acceptability study (funding for preliminary/pilot studies amounting to PLN 11 000.00)
dr Dagmara Budnik-Przybylska from the Faculty of Social Sciences, an action entitled: 'Psychophysiology of perceptions in sport'. (funding for preliminary/pilot studies amounting to PLN 46 200.00).
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