Poland is facing enormous opportunities related to the absorption of structural funds. It is expected that about 0.5 billion euro could be allocated to initiatives supporting research and technological development in years 2004 - 2006. Important initiative should be a development of Center of Nanotechnology in Warsaw which could integrate the existing potential in this field and which through the development of research infrastructure as well as development of human resources could become a leading research institution in Poland. This center, together with a national-wide nanotechnology network should carry out the long term advanced research as well as to coordinate all Polish activities in the field of nanotechnology. Contributing to the development of the European Research Area, they should be strongly involved in activities of European Nanotechnology Networks of Excellence.
An important step towards development of the Center and nanotechnology network will be to carry out the mapping of excellence activities evaluating the existing RTD potential and its spatial distribution. In parallel, there will be the foresight activities defining the most prospective directions of development of nanotechnology in Poland. These exercises are included into the strategy of Ministry of Research and Information Technology.