The "Excellence Initiative - Research University" programme is implemented in order to increase scientific excellence and the international importance of the activities of Polish universities. The Minister of Science and Higher Education periodically announces a competition under which no more than 10 academic universities may receive additional funds for their activities.
Achieving a research university status by the Silesian University of Technology
On 30 October 2019 the results of the first competition in the "Excellence Initiative - Research University" programme were announced (IDUB). The aim of the project was to select and support universities that will strive to achieve the status of a research university and will be able to effectively compete with the best academic centres in Europe and worldwide. Out of 20 best universities in Poland, eligible to participate in the competition, an international team of experts selected 10 universities, which will receive a subsidy increased by 10% over the period 2020 and 2026. The Silesian University of Technology is among the universities, which under the competition will receive a total of nearly 245,000,000.00 PLN within 7 years.