Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie – French-Polish Scientific Award


The Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie Polish–French Scientific Award is a joint initiative of the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) and the French Académie des sciences. The aim of the Award is to recognize distinguished scientific achievements resulting from Polish-French cooperation. The prize is financed jointly by the Zygmunt Zaleski Foundation and the Foundation for Polish Science. The Award was established in 2019 to mark the Polish-French Year of Science.




The award is intended to highlight the benefits flowing from Polish–French scientific cooperation. It is granted to two cooperating scientists from Poland and France in recognition of their joint research accomplishments contributing to the strengthening of scientific cooperation between the two countries.


The most active participants in Polish–French scientific cooperation demonstrating distinguished research accomplishments resulting from that cooperation.

The competition is open to nominations covering the entire spectrum of scientific research.


The award is granted every two years on the basis of an open competition to a team of two researchers.

The laureates receive EUR 15,000 each, including an individual prize of EUR 5,000 and a grant of EUR 10,000 for continued scientific cooperation.


The award is based on nominations. All active members of the Polish and French scientific community holding a doctoral degree can nominate a pair of candidates.  Self-nominations shall be considered.

The nomination must designate two scientists of any nationality, holding a doctoral degree, one working in Poland and one working in France.

The nomination should include:

  • Acknowledgement of the joint scientific achievement(s) made by the two candidates thanks to Polish–French scientific cooperation as well as their future research projects (maximum 6 000 characters)
  • List of up to 10 publications concerning the joint scientific achievement(s) indicated in the nomination
  • Curricula vitae of both candidates
  • One third party letter of support for the nominated pair of candidates; in case of self-nomination, two letters of support are required.

Nominations shall be submitted in English in electronic version via the FNP online database

The laureates of the award are selected by a Polish–French Jury appointed jointly by the Foundation for Polish Science and the French Académie des sciences.


The call for nominations to the second edition of the award is open from December 20th, 2021 until February 28th, 2022 at 4 pm.


Additional info

The first Polish-French Scientific Award was granted in 2019. The award ceremony took place on February 28th, 2020 in Warsaw. Exceptionally two pairs of laureates were selected. The first competition was realised with the financial support of the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI).


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