1. The Ammodo Science Award for fundamental research (the Award) was established in 2018 by the Ammodo Foundation (Ammodo) in recognition of the scientific achievements of outstanding, internationally recognised mid-career scientists and enables these scientists to conduct unfettered fundamental research.

2. The Award is granted biannually in the following scientific fields:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences

3. The Award consists of eight prizes of €300,000 (in words: three hundred thousand euros). A maximum of two prizes of €300,000 are available for each scientific field mentioned above.

4. The Award is financed by Ammodo.

5. The Award shall be applied in full by the laureate, in accordance with the conditions published by Ammodo, to finance unfettered fundamental research carried out under his/her supervision.

6. The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is entirely and exclusively responsible for carrying out and supervising the nomination and selection process for the Award. Ammodo is responsible for communications about and presentation of the Award.


Outstanding, internationally recognised mid-career scientists are eligible for nomination for the Award provided they:

  • are expected to be capable of making innovative contributions to unfettered fundamental research.
  • graduated no more than fifteen years prior to the year of nomination. The KNAW Extension Arrangement applies to this term.
  • hold a position with a Dutch university or a Dutch research institute.


1. The following parties may act as a ‘nominator’ of candidates for the Award:

  • the management boards of Dutch universities
  • faculty deans of Dutch universities
  • directors of Dutch research institutes
  • the board of the Dutch Network of Women Professors; and
  • at least three jointly acting members of the KNAW and/or De Jonge Akademie

2. Per nomination round, each nominator may nominate a maximum of two candidates per scientific field listed in Article 1.2.

3. Nominations must be submitted in Dutch or English by email using the nomination form made available by the KNAW and must include the requested annex. A nomination has been submitted if the submitter has received an acknowledgement of receipt from the KNAW.

4. The nomination form, together with the requested annex, must be submitted before the closing date set by the KNAW via If the nomination has not been submitted before this date, the nomination will not be considered.

5. Members of the board and management of Ammodo, members of the board of the KNAW and members of the advisory committees (see Article 4) may not (co-)submit nominations and may not themselves be recommended as candidates.


1. With the approval of Ammodo, the KNAW shall set up an advisory committee for each scientific field (see Article 1.2), whose duty it shall be to assess nominations for the Award for the relevant scientific field and, on the basis of that assessment, to recommend candidates for the award to the board of the KNAW.

2. Each advisory committee consists 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 and will be appointed to the position.

3. Members of advisory committees are eligible for reappointment for one further round.

4. All decisions taken by the advisory committees shall be done so on the basis of a majority of votes.

5. The members of the advisory committees are bound by the KNAW’s Code of Conduct on Conflicts of Interest relating to Prizes, Memberships and Subsidies.

6. The KNAW will make an official secretary available to the advisory committees.


1. The evaluation of the nominated candidates for the Award by the advisory committees will take place on the basis of the following evaluation criteria:

  • Scientific quality of the candidate, which will be determined according to the criteria used to assess that quality in the candidate’s discipline/scientific field, including (but not limited to):

a. the candidate’s contribution to the development of his/her subject area/scientific field
b. the candidate’s unique contribution to groundbreaking research or to groundbreaking publications
c. membership of the candidate of (inter)national juries, review committees, scientific editorial staff, scientific academies or other relevant organisations
d. (international) scientific recognition, including scientific prizes and grants awarded to the candidate

In assessing scientific quality, greater weight should be given to the former criteria (a and b) than to the latter criterion (d);

  • The extent to which the candidate is considered capable of making an innovative contribution to unfettered fundamental research;
  • The way in which the candidate distinguishes himself/herself within his/her scientific field from candidates in other disciplines.

2. The advisory committees will draw up a report on their assessments, justifying the choice of candidate(s). If, after careful deliberation, an advisory committee finds that for a particular scientific field there is only one suitable candidate, or no suitable candidate at all, then they will advise the board of the KNAW accordingly and the KNAW may decide to award only one or none of the available Awards for that field in that particular award round. The assessment reports are submitted to the board of the KNAW as the considered recommendations of the advisory committees.


1. After approval of the recommendations received from the advisory committees, the board of the KNAW will provide the board of Ammodo with a list of recommended laureates for its final approval.

2. Upon receiving the list of recommended laureates from the board of the KNAW, and with due regard to those recommendations, the board of Ammodo will take a final decision as to the granting of the Award before the 31st December in the year prior to the presentation of the Award.

3. The presentation of the Award will take place during an award ceremony to be organised by Ammodo.


1. These regulations are available in both Dutch and English. In case of any discrepancy between the regulations in the Dutch language and the regulations in the English language, the Dutch language version shall prevail.

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

3. These regulations have been adopted by the board of the KNAW and the board of Ammodo on 21 April 2020 and 14 April 2020 respectively and will enter into force on 1 June 2020.

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