The FNP Prize

Individual prize for eminent researchers for their outstanding achievements or discoveries. Regarded as the most prestigious of its kind in Poland.



The FNP Prize is awarded since 1992. The prize honours renowned scientists for significant advancements and scientific discoveries which shift cognitive boundaries and open new perspectives for research, provide an exceptional contribution towards the advancement of our nation’s progress and culture as well as assure Poland a significant position for undertaking the most ambitious challenges of the modern world. Subject of the Prize shall be clearly defined and confirmed scientific achievements which have in the recent period opened new perspectives for further research.


Candidates submitted for the Prize should be scholars whose achievement was made in Poland or scholars working abroad who have made a scientific discovery confirmed by publications affiliated with a Polish research unit. Participants submitted to the contest may also include scientists whose achievement dealt with matters pertaining to Poland.


The Prize is awarded by the Foundation’s Council.

Candidates for the FNP Prize may be submitted by outstanding representatives from the field of science, invited in name by the Foundation’s Board and Council.

Contest procedure is divided into two stages.

  • The first stage includes nomination of candidates for the Prize by renowned representatives of the scientific community selected by name by the Foundation’s Council. The nomination letter, signed by the applicant, must identify clearly the scope and significance of the candidate’s achievement for the Prize and the field to which they are to be assigned.
  • As part of the contest’s second stage, the Foundation Board and Council designate experts who evaluate the applications in terms of content (taking into account, quality, originality and significance of the candidate’s scientific achievements within the given field) as well as independent reviewers, who perform a comparative evaluation of the candidates’ achievement (as part of each of the four areas of science). The role of experts and reviewers are fulfilled by renowned scientists, specialists within the given areas and disciplines. The Foundation’s Council undertakes the decision on selecting the Prize laureates on the basis of the above mentioned assessors and their critiques.




Candidates for the FNP Prize may be submitted by outstanding representatives from the field of science, invited in name by the Foundation's Board and Council.



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