Awards and prizes

The NWO Spinoza and Stevin Prize are the highest awards in Dutch science. Each year, NWO awards researchers working in the Netherlands who according to international standards belong to the absolute top of science. Since 1995, the NWO Spinoza Prize is awarded to a maximum of four scientist. The NWO Stevin Prize is awarded to a maximum of two scientist or research teams since 2018.

The quality of the researcher is the main driver in both prizes. Whereas the Spinoza Prize focuses on scientific work and fundamental issues, the Stevin Prize primarily honours the social impact. The laureates each receive 2.5 million euros, to be spent on scientific research and activities related to knowledge utilisation. The researchers receive the prize for their excellent, pioneering and inspiring work. The prizes are a tribute, but above all an incentive for further research.

Prizes