Competition launched for COPERNICUS Polish-German Research Award 2020

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The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) invite nominations for the 8th competition for the COPERNICUS Award for distinguished Polish and German researchers.

The aim of the award is to recognize distinguished scientists from Poland and Germany who have especially contributed to Polish/German cooperation and can demonstrate outstanding research accomplishments as a result of their cooperation.

The award is made through a competition to two scientists, one working in Poland and the other working in Germany. The laureates will be chosen by a jury made up of distinguished members of the Polish and German scientific communities. The amount of the award is EUR 200,000 (EUR 100,000 for each of the laureates). The funds should be used by the laureates for further growth in Polish/German cooperation.

The competition is open to representatives of all scientific disciplines.

Scholars holding at least a doctorate and employed at a Polish or German scientific institution are eligible to nominate candidates for the award.

To be eligible, candidates must have at least a doctoral degree, lead a research team at a Polish or German academic institution, and be engaged in ongoing research projects. Self-nominations are also accepted in the competition.

Nominations must contain the following documents in English:

  • An appraisal (description of achievements with regard to German-Polish scientific cooperation).
  • Curricula vitae in tabular form (max. 2 pages each).
  • A list of up to ten joint research publications.
  • An additional independent letter of reference for each pair of scientists when the nomination is submitted by a third party, two independent letters of reference for self-nominations.

Nominations in the 8th competition for the COPERNICUS Award must be submitted electronically following the instructions on the FNP website  from 9 May through 9 July 2019

For more information please follow the guidelines or contact:

Dr. Annina Lottermann, phone +49 228 885-2802,

Stephanie Lass, phone +49 228 885-2442,

Katarzyna Pronobis, phone +48 22 845 95 09,

See also: Copernicus Award 2018 delivered