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 laureates. Award winners may use the prize money for any scientific purpose that is within the scope of the funding programmes of both organizations. 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. Laureates will be selected by a jury of six researchers, three of whom are working in Germany and three in Poland. The German jury members will be appointed for a four-year term of office by the DFG's Executive Committee, and the Polish representatives will be selected by the FNP. In order to cover all fields of science represented by the candidates, up to four associate jury members may be appointed jointly by the Management Board of the FNP and the DFG's Head office. The award ceremony will take place alternately in Poland and in Germany.
The next Copernicus Award ceremony will take place 2018 in Germany.
- Prof. Bernd Büchner, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden
- Prof. Immo Fritsche, Department of Psychology, Leipzig University
- Prof. dr hab. Paweł Idziak, Theoretical Computer Science, Jagiellonian University Krakow
- Dr hab. Grażyna Jurkowlaniec, Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw
- Prof. Maria Mittag, Institute of General Botany and Plant Physiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
- Prof. dr hab. Marek Samoć, Faculty of Chemistry, Wrocław University of Science and Technology
Type of Prize
As a rule, the award is jointly conferred every two years to two researchers, one in Germany and one in Poland.
The prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to German-Polish research cooperation.
Number and Value of Awards
The prize money of € 200,000 is donated in equal shares by the DFG and the Foundation for Polish Science (Fundacja na rzecz Nauki Polskiej). The award is divided equally among the recipients and is awarded for a maximum of five years. Prizewinners may use the money for any scientific purpose that is within the scope of the funding programmes of both organizations. Funds should be used to further advance research cooperation. Use of prize funds by the German partner is subject to the DFG's usage guidelines. Use of prize funds by the Polish partner is subject to the applicable Polish regulations.
The prize is awarded on the basis of nominations or self-nominations. Researchers in Germany and Poland who work at universities or research institutions are eligible to nominate candidates. They will be made aware of the prize by a public call for nominations. In addition, all previous laureates and research institutions that are devoted to German-Polish cooperation are invited to submit nominations.
The prize will be awarded to individual researchers. Candidates will be evaluated according to scientific excellence and the success associated therewith, which the laureates have achieved in German-Polish cooperation. Researchers may only receive the Copernicus Award once.
Selection of Prizewinners
Prizewinners will be selected by a jury of six researchers, three of whom are working in Germany and three in Poland. The jury elects a chair, who is eligible to vote, from among its members. Following each award, the position of the chair will rotate between the Polish and the German representatives. The German members will be appointed by the DFG and the Polish representatives by the FNP for a four-year term of office. The German members of the jury will be appointed by the DFG's Executive Committee. Members of the jury may be reelected once. In order to cover all fields of science represented by the candidates, up to four associate jury members may be appointed jointly by the Management Board of the FNP and the DFG's Head office.
Deadlines will be announced in the public call for nominations.
Nominations should contain the following documents in English:
An appraisal (description of achievements with regard to German-Polish scientific cooperation)Curricula vitae in tabular form, preferably with photographsA list of up to ten joint research publicationsAn additional independent letter of reference for each couple of scientists when the nomination is submitted by a third party, two independent letters of reference in case of self-nomination.
Additional information on submitting nominations is contained in the call.
Forms and Guidelines