This article is an attempt to answer the question about the efficiency of using European funds, which are assigned to the Polish R&D sector. To achieve this goal the author analyzes the situation of the R&D sector focusing particularly on expenditure for basic and applied research, human resources and innovation. Besides, the author introduces specific European funds including structural funds and instruments of R&D policy. Regarding the low efficiency of using European funds by the R&D sector in Poland, the paper presents also the most important tasks, which have to be undertaken to increase the absorption of European grants to develop Polish R&D activities.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.