How to participate

The Dream Chemistry Award competition is open to young chemists who meet the eligibility criteria and are nominated by senior colleagues and respected experts in their field.

How to nominate

Nominators must hold a PhD and have at least ten years of experience since publication of their first scientific paper.

Nominations must contain basic information about the candidate and a brief recommendation.

The nomination period is typically open from March to the end of July and is announced on this website with a link to the official nomination form.

How to apply

Nominees must have a PhD awarded no more than eight years prior and must not be employed by IChF-PAN or IOCB Prague. Eligible candidates will be invited to submit applications.

Applications consist of the candidate’s structured CV, including a list of publications and the scientific project/idea (max. 4 pages), both in English. The candidate’s dream project must be in chemistry or a chemistry-related discipline.

The ideas in projects submitted to the competition should address major or global challenges but are not required to have high immediate implementation potential. Candidates are encouraged to present novel strategies and unique approaches to solving the problem, as these are viewed favorably during the evaluation process.

The application period is typically open from March to August.


In early October, the DCA Scientific Committee shortlists five finalists, who are invited to participate in the final and present their projects in person to the Scientific Committee, which then selects a DCA Laureate.


Final presentations take place in Prague or Warsaw at the beginning of December. All participation expenses are covered by the competition’s organizers.

The DCA Laureate is awarded a cash prize of €10,000 and a Dream Chemistry Award statuette.

Each finalist receives a Dream Chemistry Top 5 Prize of €1,000.

For details and dates, please see the Competition Terms and Conditions 2021