From 2020, the Experientia Foundation, in cooperation with the Czech Chemical Society, is set to newly support the prestigious Rudolf Lukeš Prize, doubling the personal award received by the successful applicant from 50,000 to 100,000 CZK (approximately 4000 USD).

Applications for the Rudolf Lukeš Prize can be submitted by scientists of any age currently working at one of the Czech scientific institutions. Applicants must submit a collection of work completed over the past five years for consideration in the contest. Applications must be submitted in English as a pdf file sent electronically to the Society’s head office ( As a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, the deadline for applications has been postponed to 30 April 2020.

The Rudolf Lukeš Prize has been awarded annually over the past 8 years by the Czech Chemical Society’s Expert Group of Organic, Bioorganic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry for an outstanding collection of original work in the field published in prestigious international journals in the last 5 years. The winning candidate is selected by an independent international committee, whose current members can be found on the Society’s website. The final decision on the winner will be made by the Expert Group of Organic, Bioorganic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry of the Czech Chemical Society based on the international committee’s proposal and approved by the Experientia Foundation by 30 July at the latest. Prizewinners to date include Professor Michal Hocek (Faculty of Science, Charles University Prague), Dr Ivo Starý, (IOCB AS CR), Professor Jana Roithová (Faculty of Science, Charles University Prague), Professor Petr Štěpnička (Faculty of Science, Charles University Prague), Filip Teplý, PhD (IOCB AS CR), Professor Petr Klán (Faculty of Science of Masaryk University in Brno), Professor Martin Kotora,  (Faculty of Science, Charles University Prague) and Dr. Detlef Schröder (IOCB AS CR).