The NWO Spinoza Prize also known as the "Dutch Nobel Prize", is the highest Dutch scientific award, which is awarded to internationally renowned scientists who inspire young researchers. Each year, NWO awards the Spinoza Prizes to three or four researchers working in the Netherlands who according to international standards belong to the absolute top of science. The NWO Spinoza Laureates do outstanding and groundbreaking research, which has a large impact. The laureates each receive 2.5M Euros to spend on scientific research of their own choice. The NWO Spinoza Prize is a mark of honour and a stimulus for further research. 

Who was Spinoza?


Picture Name, project, date
Netea Mihai 2014

Prof. Mihai Netea (2016)


Professor of experimental medicine, dept. of Internal Medicine, theme Infectious diseases and global health.

He conducts research into how the immune system recognises microorganisms, including the dangerous fungus Candida albicans, which is causes blood poisoning. Netea has made significant discoveries in this area. He was one of the first people to work in this research area internationally and is a pioneer in his field. Read more/M. Netea in numbers/

Huck, Wilhelm

Prof. Wilhelm Huck (2016)


Professor of physical-organic chemistry at the Radboud University, theme Nanomedicine.

His work focuses on research into the physical-organic, chemical and biological processes that take place in human cells. He applies his knowledge of this complex entity in his search for one of the holy grails in his field: to construct a synthetic cell. Read more/W. Huck research

Figdor, Carl  

Prof. Carl Figdor (2006)

Professor in  Experimental Immunology Radboud University Nijmegen and Professor Cellbiofysics University Twente, Theme Cancer development and immune defense.

He received the NWO-Spinoza prize for his pioneering research into the use of immune cells against cancer and for the way he manages to translate basic research to the bedside of the patient.