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


The Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie Polish-French Science Award is a joint initiative of the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) and the French Academy of 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 maximum 3 pages A4)
  • List of up to 10 publications concerning the joint scientific achievement(s) indicated in the nomination (it is recommended to add 3 to 5 lines of commentary per publication and the corresponding links to the journals or to open archives if available)
  • Curricula vitae of both candidates (maximum 2 pages for each candidate)
  • Two written supports per candidacy:
    • in case of nomination, one third party letter of support for the nominated pair of candidates (maximum 2 pages), and a justification for nomination by the nominator (maximum 3600 characters).
    • in case of self-nomination, two third party letters of support for the nominated pair of candidates (maximum 2 pages each).

As the Foundation for Polish Science and the French Academy of Sciences have signed the San Francisco – DORA declaration, its principles of qualitative evaluation will be respected by making limited use of bibliometric indicators and banning the impact factor.

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 Academy of Sciences.



The call for nominations to the third edition of the award is open from December 4th, 2023 until January 31st, 2024 at 4.00 pm.


Additional info

  • The first Polish-French Science 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).
  • The second competition took place in 2022. The award was conferred on October 17th, 2023, at the ceremony in the French Academy of Sciences in Paris.


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