Academy Awards and Funds

Martine Piccart winner of KNAW Bob Pinedo Cancer Care Award

See more

Highlighted

Previous Next

The Academy regards awards as an important means of showcasing outstanding and promising researchers. They also serve to spotlight specific areas of research and/or the arts. In addition, the Academy runs a number of incentive programmes specifically meant to encourage research excellence, in particular among young scientists and scholars. 

Research awards

The Academy awards a total of thirteen research honours. In many cases it does so at the request of third parties that have made the necessary funds available. The most prestigious among these are the biennial Heineken Prizes, awarded to internationally renowned scientists and scholars, and the Heineken Prize for Art. The Heineken Young Scientists Awards for young researchers were instituted in 2010.

The Academy itself confers the annual Academy Education Prize for the best research paper by a Dutch secondary school pupil. It also awards the biennial Academy Medal, honouring individuals who have contributed to the advancement of science in the broadest sense of the word.

Award ceremonies are usually held at the Academy’s Trippenhuis Building in Amsterdam. The ceremony is combined with a special programme of lectures or seminars focusing on the laureate’s area of research.

Funds – incentive programmes

Academy incentive programmes consist of various travel and research grants, fellowships, awards and project funding. The majority of these programmes are financed by private funds created by donations and bequests. Examples include the Thorbecke Fund and the Academy Medical Sciences Fund. The Academy also manages funds on behalf of five foundations and provides organisational support. Examples include the Evert Willem Beth Foundation and the Dobberke Foundation for Comparative Psychology.

Code of Conduct

The Academy has drawn up a code of conduct for the boards, juries and committees that assess and decide on the conferral of awards, memberships and funding within the context of the Academy’s incentive programmes. The purpose of the code is to ensure transparency and avoid any actual or ostensible conflicts of interest.