Nominations are now being accepted for the Netherlands’ most prestigious awards for arts and sciences: the Heineken Prizes 2022. The deadline for nominations is 15 September 2021. Each of the scientific prizes includes a monetary award of 200,000 US Dollars. The artist receives EUR 100,000, half of which is intended for a publication and/or exhibition. The awards ceremony will be held late 2022.


The five Heineken Prizes for Sciences recognise unique achievements of renowned researchers on a global scale in the fields of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Medicine, History, Environmental Sciences and Cognitive Science. The sixth Heineken Prize, the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art, is awarded to a talented visual artist structurally working in the Netherlands and with a certain degree of recognition.

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is responsible for the nomination and selection process. You will find more information about the nomination form and regulations of the Heineken Prizes here. Or nominate directly for Arts here and Science here.


It started in 1964 with the curiosity of Dutch brewer and entrepreneur Alfred H. Heineken and his respect for scientists’ and artists’ important contribution to society. The Heineken Prizes have grown to become an internationally renowned institution, with outstanding laureates. These exceptional people offer new perspectives, realize unexpected breakthroughs and open new paths for others to take. Fifteen previous laureates became Nobel Prize laureates!

Elizabeth Blackburn, winner of the Heineken Prize for Medicine 2004 and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009, quotes thinker and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson:

‘Don’t be too timid or squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better’


Alfred Heineken (1923–2002) established the first Heineken Prize in 1964 in honour of his father Henry P. Heineken (1886–1971). His daughter Charlene L. de Carvalho-Heineken continues this tradition as chair of the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation and the Dr A.H. Heineken Foundation for Art, which finance the prizes.

Find out more on the Legacy of the Heineken Prizes.

Previous laureates include: Bruce Stillman, Karl Deisseroth, Lorraine Daston, Corinne le Quéré and Robert Zatorre. For the complete list of laureates look here.

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