Data Prize

The Dutch Data Prize

The Dutch Data Prize is awarded every two years to a researcher of research group who makes extra contributions to science by making research data available for (additional) research. In order to win this prize, researchers can nominate themselves or another researcher or research group.

The Data Award is awarded in three categories: 
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Exact and technical sciences
  • Medical and life sciences

The winners of the Dutch Data Prize will be awarded € 5,000 to make their dataset more accessible (for example by organizing a symposium or making data available online) and a sculpture.

Curious about the winners of the previous edition of the Dutch Data Prize? Read about the 3 winners of 2018 in our news item. The 2018 award ceremony was imbedded in a program for researchers, data supporters and data stewards.

The coming edition of the Dutch Data Prize will be in the autumn of 2020. At the beginning of that year, a call will be made for nominations.

To be eligible for the Data Prize, the research dates of the entrants must meet the following criteria:

  • The data must be in a 'trustworthy digital repository';
  • The data are open access available, or the documentation of the dataset explains why this is not possible and under which conditions interested parties can access the data;
  • The data or the research possibilities that come within reach are of (inter) national importance;
  • The relevant data make it possible to answer new research questions or lead to new answers to old questions;
  • The administrator or depositor of the data has ensured that the data are permanently accessible and usable for others (indicator is, for example, the high quality of the metadata / documentation);
  • The data are used a lot or have this potential.


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Enthousiast winners previous years 

  • "Show how good your database or dataset is! For us, the Data Prize has been a jewel in our crown.” Kees Mandemakers, 2010 Data Prize winner
  • "Being awarded the Data Prize, even being nominated, underlines the importance of your work. It feels good.” Maarten Marx, 2012 Data Prize winner
  • "Winning the Data Prize indicates that we are on the right track.” Mark van Koningsveld, 2012 Data Prize winner
  • "The Data Prize is a confirmation that we’re heading in the right direction.” Martine de Bruin, 2014 Data Prize winner
  • "Winning the Data Prize allows us to make important improvements we have long desired.” Marijke Dekker, 2014 Data Prize winner
  • "We are honored that the jury underlined the international and interdisciplinary importance of the dataset." Loes Scholten, winner of the Data Prize 2016
  • "We are extremely pleased and proud, winning this award shows that the years of development were more than worth it." Bastijn Koopmans, winner of the Data Prize 2016
  • "The Data Prize is a good boost for all the work." Joaquin Vanschoren, winner of the Data Prize 2016
  • "It gives a huge boost to find out that we made the right choices in the design phase of PAN. Very stimulating to get recognition for the dataset, and an extra compliment to the hobby archaeologists of the Netherlands, who have provided the data about their finds to us." Stijn Heeren, winner of the Data Prize 2018
  • "We are honored with this fantastic recognition for the work of hundreds of researchers from all over the Netherlands. The € 5,000 is coming at just the right time. BBMRI-Omics recently had a major update and we want to provide training to young researchers so they can pull even more out of the data." Bas Heijmans, winner of the Data Award 2018
  • "It was a really great surprise to win the Data Award!" Roland van Rijswijk-Deij, winner of the Data Prize 2018