1.1 The Ammodo Science Award for groundbreaking research (the Award) is presented biennially by the Ammodo Foundation (Ammodo).

1.2 The Award is intended to finance new (potentially) groundbreaking research questions generated by existing internationally recognised high quality and groundbreaking research that is being carried out by a group of researchers. The research can be international, multi-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary and is carried out (amongst others) at one or more Dutch universities and/or the NWO or KNAW institutes (Knowledge Institutes).

1.3 For each edition, the Award is given to research projects in two of the four scientific domains (each a Domain) whereby the Domain of Natural Sciences is to be paired with Social Sciences, and likewise, Biomedical Sciences with Humanities. For the 2022 edition, the designated Domains are Biomedical Sciences and Humanities.

1.4 For each edition, the Award consists of two prizes of EUR 1,200,000 (one million two hundred thousand euros). One Award of EUR 1,200,000 is available per designated Domain.

1.5 The Award shall, in accordance with these Regulations, be used in its entirety to finance the research.


2.1 Each of the rectors of the 14 Universities affiliated to the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) may nominate one research project per designated Domain for the relevant edition.

2.2 Nominations can be submitted by sending the nomination form with the requested annexes to by 8 October 2021 at the latest. The nominator may assume the nomination form has been correctly submitted once he/she receives an acknowledgement of receipt from Ammodo.

2.3 The rectors cannot nominate a research project in which they themselves are involved as researchers or in which a member of the Ammodo board is involved.


The following criteria will be used to assess the nominations:

  • The research has already led to leading results that can be seen, for example, in publications (journals and/or books or chapters of books), or contributions to scientific conferences or other quality indicators recognised in the field in question.
  • The research is leading internationally within its field.
  • The research distinguishes itself from other comparable studies in terms of quality, originality, results and/or publications and expectations for the future (continuation of the research).
  • The research is original and groundbreaking and has generated new (potentially groundbreaking) research questions.
  • There is no or insufficient funding available for the newly generated research questions at the time of submission of the nomination.
  • The research can be carried out internationally provided a Knowledge Institute is involved.
  • The research can be multi-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary and is carried out (among other things) by one or more Knowledge Institutes.
  • The research may be cross-Domain, but is nominated by the nominator for one Domain chosen by him/her.


4.1 For each Domain, Ammodo appoints an advisory committee consisting of five members, all of whom are professors (Advisory Committee).

4.2 Each Advisory Committee is supported by a secretary from Ammodo.

4.3 The task of the Advisory Committee is to assess all nominations within the designated Domain and, on the basis of a considered and substantiated opinion, to recommend research project the relevant Domain to the board of Ammodo for the receipt of the Award.


5.1 After receiving the recommendations of the Advisory Committees, the board of Ammodo will take a final decision on the granting of the Award for the Domains designated for that edition before the 31st December of the year prior to presentation of the Award.

5.2 The Award will be presented by Ammodo in the designated Domains during an award ceremony organised by Ammodo in the first half of the year of presentation.


6.1 The Award must be used to finance the research questions as further described in the Research Plan as defined in Article 7.1.

6.2 The Award can be used to cover staff costs, material costs, international exchanges, travel and accommodation costs.

6.3 The Award may not be used to finance overhead costs or any other costs of the Knowledge Institute(s) in which the research is carried out which are not directly incurred as a result of the research.


7.1 Within one year of the Award being presented, a research plan will be submitted to Ammodo for approval. The plan must describe the research questions in more detail and include both a timetable and a detailed budget (with a capital requirement for each stage of the research) (the Research Plan). If the research is carried out by researchers attached to several Knowledge Institutes the roles of the different researchers (and the distribution of the budget) should be specifically explained in the Research Plan.

7.2 Material amendments to the Research Plan must be discussed with Ammodo in advance and approved by Ammodo.

7.3 Ammodo will transfer the Award in stages to a single Knowledge Institute (the Administrator) (even if the research is carried out at more than one Knowledge Institute) in accordance with the approved Research Plan. The Administrator shall confirm in writing that it is bound by these Regulations.

7.4 Within 4 months of the end of a calendar year, the Knowledge Institute to which the Award is being paid will provide an annual financial and substantive report on the funded research.

7.5 Within 6 months of completion of the funded research, the Knowledge Institute will submit to Ammodo a substantive and financial report on the entire funded research, including an audit drawn up by an external auditor.

7.6 The external auditor shall determine at the time of the audit that the funds have been spent in accordance with the approved Research Plan (and the associated budget).

7.7 If the funded research is terminated prematurely for whatever reason, any part of the amount received that has not yet been spent on the basis of a financial settlement with an external auditor’s report will be refunded to Ammodo without delay and Ammodo will not be obliged to pay any further amounts in connection with the Award.


8.1 These Regulations are available in Dutch and in English. In the event of a discrepancy between the Regulations in the Dutch language and the Regulations in the English language, the provisions of the Regulations in the Dutch language shall prevail.

8.2 These Regulations may be amended by a resolution of the board of Ammodo.

8.3 The board of Ammodo will decide on all matters that arise which are not covered by these Regulations.