The Copernicus Award is conferred every two years to two researchers, one in Germany and one in Poland, for outstanding achievements in German-Polish scientific cooperation. It is conferred jointly by the DFG and the Foundation for Polish Science (Fundacja na Rzecz Nauki Polskiej, FNP).
The prize money of € 200,000, which is donated by the DFG and the FNP in equal shares, is divided evenly among the recipients. Award winners may use the prize money for any scientific purpose that is within the scope of the funding programmes of both organisations. The funds should be used to further advance research cooperation.
The award is granted on the basis of nominations received by a third party or on the basis of self-nominations. Researchers working at universities or research institutions in Germany or Poland are eligible to nominate candidates for consideration. Previous laureates and research institutions that are devoted to German-Polish cooperation are invited to propose names as well. Winners are selected by a jury of six researchers, three of whom are based in Germany and three in Poland. The German jury members are appointed for a four-year term of office by the DFG's Executive Committee, and the Polish representatives are selected by the FNP. In order to cover all fields of science represented by the candidates, up to four additional jury members may be appointed. The award ceremony takes place alternately in Poland and in Germany.
Prizewinners and award ceremonies