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University of Silesia in Katowice

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Research Excellence Initiative
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About support areas

The University of Silesia in Katowice has obtained an increased subsidy thanks to the result of the “Excellence initiative – research university” competition, implemented by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The additional funds allowed us to finance multidimensional actions, whose beneficiaries include all members of the academic community of our University. These activities have been divided into 6 areas, forming the Research Excellence Initiatives, as part of which subsequent calls for proposals will be announced.


Programmes and competitions mainly intended to improve the quality of scientific research conducted at the University of Silesia in Katowice, increase the impact of scientific activity of University of Silesia on the development of global science and support scientists in expanding their research horizons.

Kilkoro naukowców na Spitsbergenie ubranych w czerwone i czarne kombinezony, na skuterach śnieżnych
photo from the archive of Dariusz Ignatiuk | Centre for Polar Studies

Young talents

Support for students and doctoral students The activities in this area are intended to support the beginner researchers in their scientific development and creation of research output. Moreover, the assumption is to include students and doctoral students in the scientific and research process through participation in projects and other initiatives connected with scientific activity, and in consequence, to improve the quality of their education.

Dziewczyna trzymająca w ręku modliszkę
photo by Szymon Nawrat


Study visit programmes which are intended to improve cooperation with internationally renowned research centres and increase the visibility and position of the University of Silesia in Katowice in Europe and around the world. Additionally, they include funding activities that contribute to deepening the scientific cooperation with T4E partners and creating inter-university research teams.

photo from the archive of M. Kurcz


Conditions for professional development of all employees of the University of Silesia in Katowice. For this purpose, certain funds have been allocated specifically for the trainings of research, administrative and management staff.

Kobieta stająca z czerwoną kartką przy tablicy, na której poprzypinanych jest wiele innych kartek
photo by Julia Agnieszka Szymala


Funding the key research, educational and artistic infrastructure, to enable to conduct intense research and scientific activity, in particular as part of Priority Research Areas.

Balon UŚ w powietrzu
photo by Julia Agnieszka Szymala


Activities disseminating knowledge, promoting open access to research results of our scientists, also with the support of university employees conducting complex science communication actions and performing interdisciplinary analyses.

Młoda kobieta w kapeluszu stoi przy półce z książkami

photo by Szymon Nawrat

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