1. Domestic funds – support funds sourced directly from the state budget, local government units and state-operated special purpose funds. The characteristic of domestic funds is that they are obliged to carry out their activities only in accordance with national legislation

  • National Centre for Research and Development – an executive agency of the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy. The NCRD is a vital centre for supporting and creating innovative technological and social solutions and it builds an ecosystem of knowledge and information about them. It initiates and implements projects that contribute to the civilisational development of the country.

Contests organised by NCRD

2. European Structural Funds – funds that improve the competitiveness of economies of EU Member States. The funds are earmarked only for a specific region/state, and the operator is the relevant Member State. The rules for the use of the funds are defined by a relevant legal act, which defines the rules for the implementation of programmes under the cohesion policy, in short referred to as the Implementation Act.

  • Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) - the Agency’s goal is to implement programmes supporting the development of the economy, innovation and research activities of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), regional development, export growth, human resource development and the use of new technologies in business.

Competitions organised by the PARP – programmes of cross-sectoral support of projects related to the development of new technologies for SMEs (SMART path).

3. European Commission’s funding – funds to the benefit of, directly or indirectly, all citizens of the European Union as well as many people living in other parts of the world. Depending on the competition, any EU citizen can become a beneficiary of the programmes. The operators are the EU’s central authorities. When using the funds, both national and Community laws must be observed.

  • Horizon Europe programme - n the largest research and innovation programme in the history of the Union. Over 7 years (2021–2027), a total of EUR 95.5 billion will be allocated to innovative research and solutions.

HE competitions – support for research, investment and infrastructure projects promoting Europe’s technological progress and environmental protection (e.g. ERC grants, thematic partnerships, research missions). Projects are intended primarily for researchers and international consortia of research and industrial entities.

4. Finansowanie prywatne – finansowanie projektów ze środków inwestorów prywatnych

  • Venture Capital -  support for entrepreneurs provided through investment funds.  
  • Business angels - support for entrepreneurs from private retail investors.