The Foundation for Polish Science (Fundacja na rzecz Nauki Polskiej (FNP), deutsch: Stiftung für Polnische Wissenschaft) has been in operation since 1991. It is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit institution which pursues the mission of supporting science. It is the largest source of science funding in Poland outside of the state budget.
The Foundation realizes its statutory purposes through:
- Support for distinguished scholars and research teams in all fields of inquiry
- Assisting innovative ventures and commercialization of scientific discoveries and inventions.
The Copernicus Award is donated by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Foundation for Polish Science. It awards outstanding achievements in German-Polish cooperation.