The National Capital Fund is the central fund of venture capital/private equity funds (VC/PE) in Poland. The NCF provides VC funds with financial support for their investments in SMEs of innovative character showing vast development potential operating in Poland. The NCF was established by the Polish Government on July 1st, 2005 in accordance with the National Capital Fund Act with the aim of filling in the equity gap on the Polish SME market. 100-percent shareholder of the Fund is Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego.
The Committee for Evaluation of Scientific Research Institutions (KEJN) is an advisory body to the Minister of Science and Higher Education appointed according to the rules stipulated in the Act of 30 April 2010 on the principles of financing science. The Committee carries out a cyclical comprehensive assessment of scientific research and development or research units according to international standards.
The Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (KRASP) inspires and coordinates cooperation of member institutions, represents common interests of the schools and undertakes activities leading to the creation of effective and integrated system of National Education. It also acts for the benefit of Higher Education, Science and Culture development.
The Conference of Rectors of Polish Universities of Technology is a representative body of technical universities in Poland. It coordinates the activities and searches for new forms of effective cooperation between associated technical universities. It promotes the development of Higher Education.
The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP), established in 1991, is an independent, self-financed, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, with a mission of supporting science in Poland. It is the largest source of science funding in Poland outside the State budget. The main activities of the FNP are: support for distinguished scholars and research teams in all fields of inquiry; modernisation of research facilities; assisting innovative ventures and commercialization of scientific discoveries and inventions.
The Industrial Development Agency Joint Stock Company is a company of the State Treasury. Since its founding in 1991, ARP has been responding to the most crucial needs of the Polish economy. The Agency strategy and scope of activities are based on three pillars of equal importance, namely: innovations, restructuring, and investments. Industrial Development Agency (ARP) started in 2014 its involvement in funding innovative projects. ARP Venture is the subsidiary of ARP dedicated to supporting innovative small and medium businesses.
The Main Council of Research Institutes (RGIB) is the elective representative body acting pursuant to Article 33 of the Act of 30 April 2010 on research institutes. It represents the interests of the Polish research institutes to the state and local government authorities and to the scientific, economic and public organisations.
The central tasks of the Ministry of Economic Development are economic and regional development.
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MiR) is the core government centre responsible for shaping and coordinating policies in areas of regional development, transport, maritime economy, construction, local spatial planning and housing.
The Ministry defines the policies and regulations related to the absorption of the EU funds, including instruments related to the support for innovative enterprises and R&D projects. It coordinates the relevant activities of funding agencies.
The Ministry of Science and Higher Education shapes the national science and higher education policy, manages the science budget and supervises two key funding agencies: The National Science Centre (NCN) financing basic science projects and the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR), financing applied research and innovative development, including R&D projects of business enterprises. It supports the development of Polish universities, research institutes and research institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences.