a. The purpose of the Ammodo KNAW award (the Award) is to award excellent, internationally recognized scientists for their achievements and work to date and to facilitate independent fundamental scientific research by them.

b. The Award covers the following sub-disciplines (the Sub-Disciplines):

  • Natural Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

c. The Award shall be awarded bi-annually in and consists of eight prizes of EUR 300,000 each. A maximum of two prizes shall be available for each Sub-Discipline.

d. The Award shall be used in full by the laureate to finance independent fundamental scientific research in accordance with these regulations.



  • should be excellent, internationally recognized mid-career scientists;
  • are expected to be capable to contribute to independent fundamental scientific research;
  • should not have received their doctor’s degree longer than 15 years ago; and
  • should hold a position with a Dutch research institute.


The following persons may each nominate candidates for the Award individually:

  • the management boards of all Dutch universities;
  • the faculty deans of all Dutch universities;
  • directors of Dutch research institutes; and
  • the management board of the Dutch Network of Women Professors.

The following persons may, together, nominate candidates for the Award:

  • members of the KNAW; and
  • members of The Young Academy.

Candidates nominated by members of the KNAW and/or members of The Young Academy are deemed to be validly nominated if they are nominated by at least three members of the KNAW and/or The Young Academy acting together.

A person that may nominate a candidate for an Award is hereinafter referred to as Nominator.

Each Nominator may nominate a maximum of 2 (two) candidates per Sub-Discipline.

Nominations are made through the Award Nomination Form (which can be found at The Award Nomination Form must be sent prior to 16 September, 2016 (the Nomination Closing Date) to and must upon submission be accompanied by:

  • a curriculum vitae of the candidate; and
  • an up to date publications list of the candidate.

Nominations that are not made in accordance with the procedure set out above, will be disregarded.

Members of (i) the General Board and the Executive Board of the KNAW, (ii) members of the board of Ammodo and (iii) members of the Advisory Committees (as defined below) are ineligible for nomination and cannot be Nominator.


Ammodo and the KNAW shall appoint an advisory committee for each Sub-Discipline (the Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee shall consist of five members. Members of the Advisory Committee shall all be professor (hoogleraar).
The primary role of the Advisory Committee is to assess the nominations made with respect to the relevant Sub-Discipline and to make (motivated) recommendations to the board of Ammodo and the board of the KNAW prior to the decision (see paragraph 6. Decision below).


Assessment of the candidates takes place on the basis of the following criteria (whereby the quality of the candidate’s work is paramount over the quantity of the candidate’s work):

a. Scientific quality of the candidate, whereby such quality is assessed on the basis of criteria commonly used for such assessment in the candidate’s domain, which criteria include (but are not limited to):

  • candidate’s contribution to development of his domain, whereby special attention shall be paid to candidate’s participation in groundbreaking research/publications;
  • (keynote) lectures/presentations held by the relevant candidate on (inter)national scientific congresses/conferences;
  • memberships of (inter)national assessment committees, review committees, scientific editorships, scientific academies or other organizations; and
  • scientific (international) acknowledgements, among which scientific prizes and subsidies granted to the relevant candidate.

b. Quantity of the scientific results of the candidate, including:

  • number of scientific publications (reviewed articles in magazines, books, chapters in books); and
  • other quantitative indicators usual for the domain of the candidate, such as the Hirsch-index, number of patents or other quantitative indicators.


The laureates shall be selected by the board of Ammodo after (i) receipt of the (motivated) recommendations by the Advisory Committee and (ii) after having heard the board of the KNAW.

After selection of the laureates each laureate and his Nominator will be informed in strict confidence of his selection. At the same time each Advisory Committee will be informed on the selection of the laureates for its Sub-Discipline. Upon acceptance of the Award by the relevant laureates in the relevant Sub-Discipline, the Nominators of the other candidates in the relevant Sub-Discipline will be informed that their candidates have not been awarded.

In January of the year in which the Award is awarded, KNAW and AMMODO will jointly announce the laureates in each Sub-Discipline.


During a festive Award ceremony (to be held in March of the year in which the Award are awarded):

the Award shall be presented to each of the laureates in each Sub-Discipline by Ammodo and KNAW acting together;
the Chairman of each Advisory Committee shall hold a laudatio speech for each of the laureates in the Sub-Discipline of such Advisory Committee; and
each of the laureates shall (to the extent possible) hold a short presentation on the research he/she intends to spend the Award on.


The Award:

  • shall be used by the laureate to fund independent fundamental scientific research of his choice (provided that such research is within the laureate’s field of expertise);
  • may be spend on the salary of one or more researcher(s) and on costs related to the research (including costs for materials and travel- and residence costs);
  • shall not be used to pay for overhead costs or other costs that are not directly related to the research financed by the Award of the Dutch research institute where the laureate holds a position; and
  • shall not be used to finance an existing research program of the Dutch research institute where the laureate holds a position.

The Award shall be paid in installments by Ammodo (to the Dutch research institute where the laureate holds a position for the benefit of the laureate and the research) (i) in accordance with the research plan referred to in paragraph 9. Monitoring and Evaluation below, unless such research plan is in conflict with these regulations and (ii) upon written confirmation by the relevant research institute that it is bound by the provisions of these regulations.

The Award may be cancelled by Ammodo if the laureate or the Dutch research institute where the laureate holds a position, after having received proper notice requesting compliance, fails to meet one or more of the obligations referred to in paragraph 9. Monitoring and Evaluation below. In case of such cancellation, the amount of the Award that was paid shall be repaid by the party that received such amount and Ammodo shall not be obliged to make any further payments in connection with the Award.

Should the research be terminated during the planned research period due to the illness or death of the laureate, the non-committed portion of the Award shall be repaid to Ammodo forthwith and Ammodo shall not be obliged to make any further payments in connection with the Award.

If the laureate’s position within the relevant Dutch research institute is terminated (for whatever reason), the laureate shall forthwith inform Ammodo and the KNAW of such termination. The laureate and Ammodo shall then discuss in good faith the consequences of such termination for the remaining amount of the Award (whereby it is specifically noted that Ammodo shall have the right to cancel such remaining amount if it cannot be reasonably expected from Ammodo to continue payment of the remaining amount of the Award).


Ultimately within one year after the Award ceremony each laureate shall have:

  • (i) provided Ammodo and the KNAW with a brief plan for the independent fundamental scientific research to be conducted by the laureate (or under the laureate’s supervision) including a proposed time schedule for the research (of maximum five years) and a budget (including a specification of the capital requirements in each phase of the research)); and
  • (ii) started the relevant research.

Within six months after the end of the relevant research, the laureate shall provide Ammodo and the KNAW with a report setting out (i) the results of such research and (ii) the total amount spent on the research.
Any amount of the Award remaining after the end of the research shall be canceled and Ammodo shall not have any obligation to pay such remaining amount to the laureate or to the Dutch research institute where the laureate holds a position.

Material amendments to the plan, time schedule and budget referred to under (i) below shall be discussed and agreed with Ammodo in advance.


These regulations are available in the Dutch and the English language. In case of a discrepancy between the regulations in the Dutch language and the regulations in the English language, the regulations in the Dutch language shall prevail.

These regulations may be amended by joint resolution from the board of the KNAW and the board of Ammodo.

All cases and issues not provided for in these regulations will be decided jointly by the board of the KNAW and the board of Ammodo.

These regulations will take effect 1 April 2016.

Adopted at the meeting of the board of Ammodo on 11 February 2016.

Adopted at the meeting of the board of the KNAW on 8 February 2016.