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Award to a USA, Canada, or International Scientist for Outstanding Achievements in the Sciences

Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics


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Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/18/23 11.59 PM CET Save

Grant Description
Award to a USA, Canada, or International scientist for outstanding achievements in the sciences. The award will recognize significant breakthroughs, innovations, and visionary work influencing the development of biophysics and biochemistry. The purpose of the award is to honor, encourage, and reward the essential work scientists do for the field and society.

Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics

The Dr. H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics rewards research excellence in biochemistry and biophysics. Alfred Heineken established the prize in 1964 as a homage to his father, chemist Henry Pierre Heineken. Every two years, the prize is awarded to a renowned researcher worldwide who has made groundbreaking discoveries within the field.

Laureates of the Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics include some of the world’s leading scientists and future Nobel laureates. Among them are Sir Paul Nurse, whose research forms the basis of current knowledge on the regulation of the division of eukaryotic cells; Jennifer Doudna, whose work laid the foundations for revolutions in modern biochemistry; and Carolyn Bertozzi, whose research provided the basis for revolutionary cancer treatments. Laboratories use her techniques worldwide.

All laureates of the prize have contributed to cutting-edge research that has great potential to positively impact people’s lives worldwide, inspire young researchers, and promote knowledge valorisation and effective scientific communication. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Candidates eligible for nomination for the Heineken Prizes are those who:
- Are excellent, internationally recognized scientists;
- Are active scientists whose scientific work still holds considerable promise;
- Have an appointment at a university or research institute in the Netherlands or elsewhere.

The following are eligible to nominate candidates for the Heineken Prizes:
- Individual professors from universities in the Netherlands and elsewhere;
- Boards of management and deans of universities in the Netherlands;
- Directors of research institutes in the Netherlands;
- Academies and other scientific or scholarly institutions in the Netherlands and elsewhere.

Please note that you cannot nominate yourself.

Members of the board of the Foundation, members of the board of the Dr A.H. Heineken Stichting voor de Kunst, jury members and jury secretaries of the Heineken Prizes may not submit nominations jointly or individually and may not be nominated as candidates.

Pre-Application Information
- The deadline for nominations is 18 December 2023; 11.59 PM CET.
- The laureate of the Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics will receive a phone call in April 2024.
- The winners will be officially announced ina press release in June 2024.
- The Award Ceremony will be held on 26 September 2024 to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the laureates.

With great care, the board of the Foundation has decided not to award the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History, the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art, the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine, or the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences in 2024. In line with the legacy of the awards, the prizes will be presented again in 2026.

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All laureates receive a freely disposable cash prize of 250,000 USD and a trophy, funded by the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation.

Contact Information
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For questions, please send an email to

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
P.O. Box 19121
1000 GC Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 20 551 0759

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