Development of Polish HEIs - Call for proposals closed march 2014

6th CALL FOR PROPOSALS
MARCH 2014

Foundation for the Development of the Education System
as the Programme Operator of the Scholarship and Training Fund in Poland
announces open Call for proposals

Development of Polish Higher Education Institutions

The Scholarship and Training Fund set up within EEA and Norway Grants aims to contribute to the development of social and economic cohesion within European Economic Area through facilitating cooperation in the field of education between Poland and the Donor States: Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

1. Eligible activities within Development of Polish HEIs under Call for proposals

The call is open for applications submitted within the Development of Polish HEIs – unilateral and multilateral projects aiming at the enhancement of teaching and organisational capacities of Polish Higher Education Institutions.

The call is open for all academic disciplines; it is also possible to co-finance interdisciplinary projects combining different fields of study. Activities implemented under an individual project should lead to:

  • development of study programmes in English (as a language of instruction);
  • development of joint study programmes (at bachelor, master or doctoral level) leading to a double diploma;
  • development of new, innovative study programmes, responding to new needs and challenges emerging at the national or European level;
  • preparation of a new course, module, specialization, study programme;
  • establishment of two-cycle study programmes based on learning outcomes, with ECTS as an accumulation system;
  • development of quality culture, including internal systems for Quality Assurance;
  • development of study programmes in cooperation with enterprises.

Projects can include:

  • international mobility between partners;
  • preparation of teaching programmes;
  • organization of meetings, seminars, workshops;
  • needs analysis;
  • development of policy plans and strategy;
  • development of teaching tools, methods, materials.

Priority shall be given to projects related thematically to environment and climate change. All relevant academic disciplines will be eligible for support, including multidisciplinary projects.

The catalogue of possible activities regarded as referring to environment and climate change

A project proposal or activities planned within the project aim at or refer to i.a.:

  1. Increased awareness and strengthened knowledge base on the environment and climate change among HEI students, graduates and employees; 
  2. Improved compliance with the EU environmental legislation, including e.g. increased exchange of information between Norway and Poland on environmental impact, status and trends, as well as adaptation of the legal regulations to the EU legislation;
  3. Increased awareness of and education in environmental monitoring and integrated planning and control as well as education in this scope, including e.g. improvement of efficiency and quality of environmental monitoring through improved quality of environmental data and information;
  4. Increased social awareness of and education in biodiversity and ecosystem services, including increased awareness of and education in the linkage between biodiversity and climate change, and economic valuation of ecosystems;
  5. Increased awareness of and education in climate change and renewable energy sources, with reference to e.g. energy efficiency, capacity to assess vulnerability to climate change, adaptation to a changing climate, reduction of industrial pollution, or polar research connected to climate change. Development of adaptive management skills with reference to climate change;
  6. Broadened knowledge of and strengthened international co-operation on climate change mitigation options, including e.g. more frequent use of so-called “green” environmentally friendly technologies or CO2 capture and storage (CCS);
  7. Increased awareness of and education in hazardous substances, including e.g. prevention of adverse environmental effects caused by chemicals and hazardous waste;
  8. Increased awareness of and education in integrated management of marine and inland water resources;
  9. Inclusion of business models concerned with environmental issues and climate change into study programmes and courses, as well as increased green, environmentally friendly job creation and entrepreneurship, analyses of labour market in terms of supply and demand for jobs in the sector of environmental products and services;
  10. Increased qualifications of HEI graduates and employees of companies and public institutions in the field of environmental and climate issues, as an important factor of economic growth;

or any other issue concerning environment or climate change.

2. Eligible applicants

The eligible applicants are Polish Higher Education Institutions. The applying institution has to be registered in Poland for at least 12 months before submitting an application.

Partnership between Polish and Norwegian institutions is obligatory for projects aiming at development of joint study programmes. In such cases eligible institutions from Poland will apply on behalf of a partnership consortium. In other types of projects the partnership will be optional.

Partners from Poland and Norway – the eligible partner institutions are: schools, HEIs, other institutions providing education at all levels, private sector enterprises and social partners cooperating with education institutions, private and public organisations including not-for-profit and non-governmental institutions, research centres.

Attention: In case of joint study programmes project partnership with a HEI from Norway is obligatory, additionally there might be more partner institutions in the project.

3. Project duration

A single project should last a minimum of 12 months – from 1st January 2015 to 31st May 2016.

4. Total allocation

The total available allocation (funds from Norway Grants 2009-2014 as well as national contribution) within the Call for proposals under Development of Polish HEIs is 5 049 182 Euro.

5. Project grant rate

The minimum amount of grant assistance that can be applied for is € 20 000; the maximum amount is € 250 000. Grants from the programme will not exceed 90% of total eligible project costs. The remaining minimum 10% costs of the project shall be provided or obtained from sources other than STF.

6. Eligible costs

The following types of expenditures will be eligible within the Development of Polish HEIs projects:

  • travel, insurance and subsistence costs;
  • organisational costs for seminars, workshops, conferences;
  • project staff costs;
  • preparation and production of project materials;
  • purchase of teaching equipment for up to 30% of the total eligible costs;
  • administrative costs;
  • additional costs resulting from special needs, e.g. disability (if applicable).

7. Project selection criteria

Project assessment is a two-stage process and consists of formal and quality assessment. Only projects that meet all the formal criteria will be subject to quality assessment. The formal check is performed by the Programme Operator, while the quality assessment will be carried out by independent external experts.

Applications will be regarded as meeting the formal and eligibility criteria if i.a.:

  1. they are submitted within a defined deadline;
  2. they are submitted using appropriate application forms;
  3. they are signed by authorised persons;
  4. all required obligatory annexes are attached.

The complete list of all formal criteria is given in the Formal Assessment Form.

The quality assessment will comprise a review and thorough analysis of the following aspects:

  1. objectives of the project;
  2. methodology and work programme;
  3. innovative character;
  4. the cost-benefit ratio (rationality of budget planned);
  5. impact and relevance of project results;
  6. dissemination of project results;
  7. reference of the project with the thematic area of environment and climate change.

The quality assessment will also include an assessment of the requested budget in relation to the planned project activities.

Projects involving activities directly related thematically to environment and climate change shall be granted additional 20% of points (the score of quality assessment will be multiplied by coefficient 1,20).

A complete list of areas under evaluation, along with guidelines concerning evaluation of the project in terms of its relation to environment and climate change is part of the Quality Assessment Form.

Based on the assessment made by external experts, the Selection Committee prepares a ranking list of projects, divided into parts comprising projects proposed for funding, rejected and placed on the reserve list ("waiting list"). The final decision on granted projects’ co-financing is taken by the Management Board of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System pursuant to the adopted resolution.

Formal and quality assessment forms, as well as detailed selection criteria are to be found in the attachments to the announcement.

8. Information on appeal measures available to applicants

Applicants may turn to an appeal procedure against the decision of rejecting their application at the stage of the formal check or quality assessment. The appeal procedure consists of two instances. The Programme Operator is the institution of the first instance while the National Focal Point is the second instance. There is no appeal procedure against the decision of the second instance. There is also no appeal procedure against the final grant decision of the Programme Operator.

9. Payment flows and reporting

An advance payment of up to 80% can be made upon signature of a contract between the Programme Operator and the Project Promoter. The remaining amount (if applicable) of max. 20% will be paid upon approval of the Completion Report. In case of private institutions receiving a grant of more than €25 000, payments can be made in more instalments. In such cases the Interim Report is the basis for the next advance payment that will be transferred after the documented use of 70% of the previous instalments.

The beneficiary submits Interim Reports every 4 months covering three reporting periods
in each calendar year. The final financial clearance of the project is made after the acceptance of the Completion Report, submitted 1 month after the project eligibility period.

10. Date, place and mode of submitting the applications

The Call for proposals lasts from 27th March 2014 to 27th May 2014, until 16:00. The deadline refers both to the hard copy (paper) and electronic version of the application submitted via the application form generator.

The application form consists of Polish and English part. The application form must be submitted via the application form generator at online.frse.org.pl. Then, the printed version of the application form together with all required attachments must be delivered in one envelope or parcel, by post (in this case, the deadline refers to a post stamp), dispatch courier service (in this case, the deadline refers to register date) or in person, in 2 originals to the Programme Operator under the address:

Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE)
The Scholarship and Training Fund
43 Mokotowska str.
00-551 Warsaw
Poland

11. Documents to be downloaded

Application documents:

Additional programme documents:

  • Regulations on the implementation of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014
  • Guidelines of the Donor-States
  • Guidelines of the Minister of Regional Development acting as National Focal Point

http://www.fss.org.pl/en/about/documents

For additional information, please contact (working days, from 9.00 until 16.00):

Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE)
Scholarship and Training Fund

43 Mokotowska str.
00-551 Warsaw
tel.+48/22 46 31 000
fax +48/22 46 31 028
fss@frse.org.pl
www.fss.org.pl

According to the art. 35 § 1 of the Administrative Code in Poland all queries will be answered without undue delay (in general - within 21 working days, but in justified cases this period may be longer).

Contact details for additional information on partner search for Norway:

Norway

Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)
Veena Gill and Frank Moe
Postbox 7800
N-5020 Bergen
Norway
tel. + 47 55 30 88 00
fax + 47 55 30 88 01
siu@siu.no
www.siu.no

Measure Development of Polish HEI is supported by a grant from Norway through the Norway Grants and co-financed by the Polish funds.