Recognising Outstanding Research Achievements
The DFG offers a number of awards to recognise outstanding contributions to the advancement of science, honour the achievements of early career researchers, acknowledge innovation and excellence in various fields, and further international research cooperation and communication.
This section provides information on the scientific prizes, the recipients and their award-winning research.
The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Programme awards prizes to exceptional scientists and academics for their outstanding achievements in the field of research.
The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, named after the physicist and former president of the DFG, is a distinction for young researchers and provides additional incentive for further excellent achievements in their research work.
The Communicator Award is a personal award for scientists and academics who have communicated their research findings to the public with exceptional success.
The Albert Maucher Prize in Geoscience is awarded to young researchers in recognition of the outstanding research findings they have produced using DFG funds.
The Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prize, donated by the marine geologist and former president of the DFG and his wife, serves to promote science, research and understanding between Germany and Japan.
The Ursula M. Händel Prize recognises scientists who have made exemplary and sustained efforts to improve the welfare of animals in research.
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, in particular for promoting young researchers. It is awarded jointly by the DFG and the Foundation for Polish Science.
The von Kaven award is presented each year to outstanding EU-based mathematicians.
The Bernd Rendel Prize is awarded annually by the DFG to young qualified geoscientists (geologists, mineralogists, geophysicists, oceanographers, geodesists) who do not yet hold a doctorate.