Fundamental scientific research is essential for extending the limits of our knowledge. The Ammodo Science Award therefore stimulates specifically fundamental science. The Award covers all scientific disciplines, divided into four fields: Biomedical Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.
The Ammodo Science Award for fundamental research consists of eight sums of money, each of 300.000 euros. The advisory committee selected for each scientific domain puts forward two candidates for the Award chosen by them out of all the nominations received within that domain. The next nomination round for the fifth edition of the Ammodo Science Award will start in the spring of 2022.
The Ammodo Science Award is for outstanding, internationally recognised mid-career scientists working in the Netherlands who were awarded their PhD no more than fifteen years ago. In 2015 the first eight laureates received the inaugural Awards.
The Ammodo Science Award for groundbreaking research is intended to stimulate potentially groundbreaking research. Such research is usually the result of team work, and for that reason this Award is for research being carried out by a group of researchers working together, and is intended to recognise the contribution of every member of the group. The Ammodo Science Award for groundbreaking research is presented biennially to research projects in two of the following scientific disciplines: Biomedical Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.
The Ammodo Science Award for groundbreaking research consists of two prizes of EUR 1,200,000 each. The coming edition of the Award will be presented to one research project in the field of Biomedical Sciences and one in the field of Humanities. The rectors of the fourteen Dutch universities that are members of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) may each nominate one research project per scientific domain.
The Ammodo Science Award for groundbreaking research focuses on potentially groundbreaking research and ensures that all researchers involved in the winning project are recognised and rewarded. In 2020 the Award was presented for the first time to two research groups in the domains Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In 2022 the Award will be presented for the first time to two research groups in the domains Biomedical Sciences and Humanities.