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Information for Researchers No. 26 | 15 April 2015
Copernicus Award 2016

The Copernicus Award is a joint initiative of the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP; Fundacja na rzecz Nauki Polskiej) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).

The purpose of the award is to give a distinction to the researchers most active in Polish-German scientific cooperation who have made exceptional achievements as a result of that cooperation. In particular, researchers are expected to have rendered outstanding services to Polish-German cooperation by bringing together complementary skills, expertise, and resources in order to jointly address research problems. The results of such joint cooperation shall have a potential to open new perspectives in their respective research fields or other domains of science.

The award is granted on the basis of an open competition and the contest embraces all fields of science. The prize money of €200,000 is donated in equal shares by the DFG and the FNP and the award is divided equally among the two recipients. Funds should be used to further advance Polish-German scientific cooperation.

DFG and FNP announce an open call to members of the Polish and German academic community to nominate candidates. Only researchers who have at least a doctoral degree and are currently working at universities and/or research institutions in Germany and/or Poland are eligible to nominate candidates. Self-nominations shall be considered.

Eligible candidates are academics who have at least a doctoral degree, are leaders of research teams at a Polish or German academic institutions and are engaged in ongoing research projects.

Nominations must contain the following:

  • Acknowledgment of the clearly defined, joint scientific achievement of the two candidates.
  • List of up to ten publications based on verifiable joint research.
  • Third party letter of support for the nominated couple of candidates; in case of self-nominations, two of such letters are required.
  • Curricula vitae for each candidate.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, 15 June 2015 at 4 pm (CEST). Nominations shall be submitted electronically using the FNP submission portal: http://wnioski.fnp.org.pl

In order to complete the submission process, the electronic form needs to be printed out, signed and the hardcopy must be mailed to:

  • Foundation for Polish Science
    I. Krasickiego 20/22
    02-611 Warsaw

in an envelope marked “COPERNICUS Award”.

The jury evaluates the merit of nominations based on scientific excellence of joint achievement and success in Polish-German cooperation of the high impact nature. The jury consist of six permanent jury members – renewed representatives of German and Polish scientific community. In order to cover all fields of science represented by candidates in the contest, up to four associate jury members may additionally be appointed.

The prizewinners of the current edition shall be announced within eight months from the nomination deadline. The award ceremony will take place in Warsaw in June 2016.

Further information

For more information about the Copernicus Award please visit:

FNP submission portal for the nominations:

DFG programme contacts:

FNP programme contact: