The Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation entrusts the awarding of the Heineken Prizes to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), one of the world’s leading institutions in its field. The Academy appoints special committees consisting of eminent scientists and chaired by a member of the board of one of the Academy’s two divisions. Both members and non-members of the Academy are eligible for membership of these committees. An independent jury of members of the Academy, acting in a personal capacity, chooses the winners of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art.
As well as the Heineken Prizes, the Academy also gives other prizes to reward and stimulate exceptional scientific achievement, including the M.W. Beijerinck Virology Prize, the Lorentz Medal and the Buys Ballot Medal for meteorology.
Awarding prizes is only a small part of the Academy’s wide range of activities. It advises the government on matters related to scientific research, assesses the quality of that research, provides a forum for the scientific world and promotes international cooperation between scientists, and acts as an umbrella organisation for institutes primarily engaged in basic and strategic scientific research and the dissemination of scientific information.
Nominations for the prizes must be submitted in writing, together with a curriculum vitae, a description of the work for which the candidate is being nominated, a complete list of the candidate’s publications and a list of ten key publications, one of which must be printed in full. Nominations must be submitted to the Academy. The next call for nominations will be in the second half of 2013. More information can be found at www.knaw.nl/heinekenprizes.