History of PLUS IP

The Poland-U.S. Innovation Program (PLUS IP) is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland. The program will strengthen Poland’s innovation ecosystem through partnerships between U.S. and Polish government, business, and academia; and will benefit both countries through U.S.-Polish joint ventures, joint research and development projects, and joint commercialization of innovative products and services.

PLUS IP held its inaugural meeting and signed a “statement of intent” on November 17, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. The Statement of Intent has been signed by Scott Nathan, Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs, Department of State, and Dr. Włodzisław Duch, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Statement of Intent

 To manage PLUS IP, the two countries have established a Poland-U.S. Innovation Program Council that is co-chaired by the U.S. Department of State and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland.

U.S. council members also include the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Defense, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Activity for Innovation and Economic Growth (AEIG), American Chamber of Commerce in Poland, American Councils for International Education (ACIE), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S.-Poland Business Council, U.S.-Polish Trade Council, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Additional Polish council members include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of National Defense, Association of TOP 500 Innovators, Employers of Poland, National Center for Research and Development, Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, Polish Chamber of Commerce, Polish Confederation Lewiatan, and Scientific Policy Committee.

The PLUS IP Council last met via videoconference on June 2, 2015. The next Council meeting will take place October 7, 2015 in Warsaw. Subsequent meetings will occur on a semi-annual basis.  



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