The Walczak Programme - NAWA

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The aim of the Walczak NAWA Programme is to strengthen the potential of Polish scientific units and medical entities by supporting the international mobility of researchers in medical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences and health sciences. Those who carry out projects under the Programme have the opportunity to conduct scientific research and work alongside eminent specialists in the best medical centres around the world.

So far, thanks to the commitment of the Ministry of Health, three calls have been settled, which have allowed Polish doctors to learn about good research practices and new therapies and procedures in the United States. In the three editions of the programme named after Professor Franciszek Walczak, grants for travel to the best medical centres in the USA were awarded to 57 people for a total of PLN 4 299 000.

The substantive support provided by the Medical Research Agency has made it possible to develop the new edition, in which the Walczak NAWA Programme opens up to the entire world.

Not only representatives of medical sciences, but also pharmaceutical and health sciences will be able to apply for scholarships.

Each participant in the Walczak NAWA Programme will have the opportunity to develop their competencies in one of three tracks: teaching, research and clinical during a stay of between one and six months.

The scholarship can be applied for by:

  • PhD students and participants in doctoral schools,
  • doctors with at least a doctorate, working in hospitals and other medical institutions,
  • academic teachers at universities and research units in the medical, pharmaceutical and health sciences.

The fourth edition of the programme also differs in the formula of financial support. The programme provides funding of up to a maximum of PLN 32 000 for each month of stay in a foreign host centre. The support consists of a stipend, living and accommodation costs and travel expenses. Additionally, doctoral students and researchers who choose the scientific path and decide to go on a trip longer than three months may receive a one-off material support of PLN 20 000.

The call for applications will run until 31 January 2024 in the NAWA ICT system.

On 13 July 2018, the Minister of Health, Professor Łukasz Szumowski, Professor Piotr Wilczek - Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the United States of America, and Alex Azar - US Secretary of Health and Human Services signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of biomedical sciences in Washington. According to the agreement, the areas of cooperation concern the development of joint research, training and activities targeting, among others, vaccine-preventable and other infectious diseases, tuberculosis, pandemic influenza, chronic diseases, in particular cardiovascular diseases, malignant tumours, diabetes, respiratory diseases and dementia and mental health. As a result of the agreement, the Minister of Health commissioned NAWA, on the basis of Article 2(5) of the Act on the National Academic Exchange Agency, to develop, operate and implement a research internship programme in the United States.

Professor Franciszek Walczak headed the Cardiac Rhythm Disorders Clinic at the Institute of Cardiology in Anin for many years. He is famous, among other things, for performing the first RF ablation in Poland in an adult (1992) and in a child (1994). He is considered a doyen of Polish electrophysiology. Author and co-author of over 200 publications in Poland and abroad and co-author of many monographs. During his career he has collaborated with scientific staff all over the world (Prof. M. Haissaguerre, Prof. K.H. Kuck, Prof. W. Stevenson).


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