Article 1. GENERAL

a. The Ammodo Science Award for fundamental research (the Award) is presented biennially by the Ammodo Foundation (Ammodo).

b. The purpose of the Award is to reward outstanding, internationally recognised scientists for their achievements and work to date, and to facilitate them in conducting current and future independent fundamental scientific research.

c. The Award covers the following scientific fields (the Fields)

  • Natural Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

d. The Award consists of eight prizes of EUR 300,000 each. A maximum of two prizes are available for each Field.

e. In accordance with the conditions published by Ammodo, the Award shall be applied in full by the laureate to finance independent fundamental scientific research carried out under his/her supervision.

f. The KNAW is entirely and exclusively responsible for carrying out and supervising the nomination and selection process for the purposes of the Ammodo Science Award. Ammodo is responsible for communications about and the actual presentation of the Award.

Article 2. LAUREATES

a. are outstanding, internationally recognised mid-career scientists;
b. are expected to be capable of making innovative contributions to independent fundamental scientific research;
d. did not receive their post-graduate degree more than 15 years ago; and
c. hold a position with a Dutch university or a Dutch research institute.


Assessment of the candidates for the Ammodo Science Award takes place on the basis of the following criteria, whereby the quality of the candidate’s work carries more weight than 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 field, including (but not limited to):

  • the contribution made by the candidate to the development of his/her given field, with particular attention being paid to any contribution made by the candidate to recognised groundbreaking research or groundbreaking publications;
  • the way in which the candidate differentiates his/her self when compared with other candidates in other disciplines;
  • memberships of national and international assessment committees, review committees, scientific editorships, scientific academies or other relevant organisations; and
  • (international) scientific recognitions, including scientific prizes and subsidies granted to the candidate.

In assessing the scientific quality, more weight should be given to the first criterion than to the last criterion.

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

  • the number of scientific publications (reviewed articles in journals, books, chapters in books); and
  • other quantitative indicators commonly used for assessing scientists working in the same field as the candidate, such as the Hirsch-index or the number of patents.


The following organisations or individuals may each act as a ‘nominator’ of candidates for the Award:

  • The management boards of Dutch universities;
  • The faculty deans of Dutch universities;
  • Directors of Dutch research institutes;
  • The management board of the Dutch Network of Women Professors; and
  • At least three jointly acting members of the KNAW and/or De Jonge Akademie may also nominate a candidate

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

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

b. Members of the management and board of Ammodo and members of the Advisory Committees (as defined in Article 5) are ineligible for nomination and cannot be a nominator.

c. Each nominator may nominate a maximum of two candidates per Field.

d. Nominations are to be made using the nomination form which is available on the Ammodo Science Award website. The form must be submitted before the stated closing date via

The following documents should be submitted together with the nomination form:

  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae
  • An up to date list of the candidate’s publications


a. With the approval of Ammodo, the KNAW will name an Advisory Committee for each Field.

b. Each Advisory Committee will consist of five members, all of whom must be professors and at least three of whom members of the KNAW. The Chair of each Advisory Committee must be a KNAW member.

c. Members of the Advisory Committees are appointed for a single award round, with the possibility of being reappointed for one further round.

d. Members of the Advisory Committee will be supported by a secretary from the KNAW.

e. The role of the Advisory Committee is to assess all nominations for the relevant Field and to recommend two candidates within that particular Field to the board of the KNAW. The recommendations must be supported by thoroughly considered and substantiated arguments.

f. If after careful deliberation an Advisory Committee finds that for a particular Field there is only one suitable candidate, or no suitable candidate at all, then they will advise the board of the KNAW accordingly.


a. After considered approval of the nominations for the Award, the board of the KNAW will provide the board of Ammodo with a definitive list of laureates.

b. Upon receiving the advice of the board of the KNAW and with due regard to that advice, the board of Ammodo will take a final decision as to the definitive list of laureates for the Awards in the relevant Fields before the 31st December in the year prior to presentation of the Award.


The Award will be presented biennially by Ammodo during a celebratory ceremony organised by Ammodo in the first half of the year.

Article 8. Amendments and unforeseen circumstances

a. These Regulations are available in both Dutch and English. 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.

b. These regulations may be amended by joint agreement of the boards of the KNAW and Ammodo.

c. The boards of Ammodo and the KNAW will together decide on any matters which arise which are not covered by these Regulations.

Article 9. Effective date

These Regulations will take effect on 1 June 2018.