The Commerzbank Foundation is a corporate foundation of the Commerzbank supporting projects in the fields of science, culture, and social affairs. The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Commerzbank Foundation have been jointly honoring young scientists with the Leopoldina Early Career Award since 2010.
The Leopoldina Early Career Award is endowed with €30,000 provided by the Commerzbank Foundation and awarded every other year. The award recognizes young scientists for outstanding achievements in a field represented in the Leopoldina. The prize is traditionally presented at the Leopoldina Annual Assembly.
The Leopoldina Early Career Award replaced the Leopoldina Research Award - also endowed by the Commerzbank Foundation, which was awarded from 2001 to 2007 for outstanding achievements in a field represented in the Leopoldina. The prize was endowed with €15,000.