Grants & Funding

last update 13 September 2017

Academy Sara van Dam Project Grants (October 2 2017)

The Academy Fund for Behavioural Research makes the Sara van Dam Project Grants available for research projects concerning the development of children growing up in the Netherlands or in Israel. Researchers who obtained their PhD no more than ten years previously are welcome to apply. Collaboration with a young researcher working at a research institute in Israel is preferable.

What does the Fund cover?

A researcher may apply for a grant of between € 20,000 and € 100,000 for a research project that will take a maximum of two years to complete.

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Academy Van der Gaag Grants (deadline October 2 2017)

The Academy Fund for Behavioural Research makes the Academy Van der Gaag Grants available to promising young researchers who are studying the biological, psychological and social determinants of human behaviour. Researchers at a Dutch institute can apply for a grant to cover a research project abroad or a working visit to a foreign institution.

What does the Fund cover?

The Fund covers research projects or working visits abroad that make an innovative contribution to research in the Netherlands on the biological, psychological and social determinants of human behaviour. The research project or working visit abroad must be for a minimum of one and a maximum of four consecutive months.

Subject to certain conditions, the fund will also cover travel expenses (round trip), accommodation abroad and a cost-of-living allowance.

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The international Heineken Prizes (deadline October 15 2017)

The international Heineken Prizes, worth $ 200,000 each, reward outstanding achievement in the fields of:

  • Biochemistry and Biophysics 
  • Cognitive Science 
  • Environmental Sciences 
  • History 
  • Medicine 

They are intended explicitly for scientists and scholars who are currently active in their field and whose research still holds considerable promise for future innovative discoveries. International juries will select the winners.

These prizes are offered by the Dr H.P. Heineken Foundation and the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation. The selection of the prizes is entrusted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings (deadline October 2 2017)

Each year the Lindau Foundation organises a six-day meeting that brings together dozens of Nobel laureates and hundreds of outstanding young scientists from more than fifty countries. The Academy nominates Dutch students and post-docs to attend the meetings. The Lindau Committee selects the participants.

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are intended to help build international networks and inspire younger generations of scientists to excel in their fields. The programme includes lectures by Nobel laureates, plenary discussions, workshops and social events.

The meetings are dedicated alternately to chemistry, to physics, and to physiology or medicine. Every five years the meeting is interdisciplinary in nature. Meetings focusing on the economic sciences take place every three years.

From 24 to 29 June 2018 the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will take place on physiology or medicine. 

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Thorbecke Fund (deadline December 15 2017)

The Thorbecke Fund was established to support research into the life, work, and intellectual legacy of Johan Rudolph Thorbecke (1798-1872), statesman and founding father of Dutch parliamentary democracy.

The Fund’s assets consist of a gift and a bequest from the estate of Willem Thorbecke (1920-2014), Johan Rudolf Thorbecke’s great-grandson. The Academy uses the Fund to finance the Statesman Thorbecke Programme. The Fund is also financing a scholarly biography of Johan Rudolf Thorbecke by Academy member Remieg Aerts.

What does the Thorbecke Fund cover?

The Fund will consider project proposals submitted by members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), members and alumni of The Young Academy and professors at Dutch universities. Preference is given to the appointment of a postdoc as project coordinator, working under the applicant’s supervision. The project period should be between one and four years. The maximum grant per project is € 200,000.

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