The Jagiellonian University will receive over 107 million zlotys (~24 million euro) within the framework of the Intelligent Development Operational Programme 2014–2020. The funds will be assigned for the development of the ATOMIN 2.0 project as well as for the creation of the Centre for the Development of Treatment of Civilisation and Age Related Diseases (CDT-CARD).
Intelligent Development Operational Programme is an act ratified by the Polish government on 8 January 2014 regulating the national implementation of EU policies in the area of innovation and research activities. The programme is realised entirely within the framework of the European Regional Development Fund. It concentrates on activities related to building a knowledge-based economy, an attractive scientific sector and effective business environment institutions that allow for intelligent development of the country’s economy. Its aims include providing support for entrepreneurs in the area of innovation and research, increasing the quality of research and development, adapting businesses and institutions to the new economic environment and increasing the level of internationalisation. According to the agreement, the grand total of allocated funds amounts to 8,614.1 million euro.
The Jagiellonian University will receive funding for two projects. The first one is ATOMIN 2.0, an existing research infrastructure dedicated to the role of exact sciences in the economy, set up by the Faculty of Chemistry and Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science. The project, which received a funding of 67 million zlotys, aims to strengthen the potential of a complex of laboratories used for innovative research in new material design, which will facilitate implementing them in key areas of everyday life in responds to the challenges faced by society. The funding will be used to secure new research devices as well as upgrading the ones already in possession of the laboratories. Research studies conducted within the framework of the project will benefit such sectors as telecommunications, power production, medicine and environmental protection. The initiative will ensure close collaboration between the Jagiellonian University and its business and economic environment.
The second project, which was awarded 40 million zlotys, will be carried out by the Jagiellonian University Medical College. The funding will be used to establish the Centre for the Development of Treatment of Civilisation and Age Related Diseases (CDT-CARD) – an interdisciplinary, innovative centre dedicated to designing and testing new treatment methods in pre-clinical trials. Based on the research potential od the Jagiellonian University’s three medical faculties, the research infrastructure of the centre will be composed of several laboratories dedicated to molecular biology, biochemical analysis, advanced imaging techniques, pharmacokinetics and preliminary toxicology screening, bioinformatics and in silico analyses.