Dutch Data Prize 2020

Are you a researcher with a good example of shared data? Or do you know someone who is? Nominate yourself, another researcher or a research group, for the Dutch Data Prize!

In 2020 the Dutch Data Prize will be awarded for the sixth time to a researcher or research group that has made a special contribution to science by making research data accessible for new, or additional, research. 

The prize consists of a sculpture and € 5.000 to make the data (even) more accessible. As in previous years, Data Prizes will be awarded in three categories: exact & technical sciences; medical & life sciences and humanities & social sciences. 

This year’s award ceremony is embedded in a substantive programme for researchers, research supporters and data stewards on the 18th of November.  


Researchers may nominate themselves, or a fellow researcher or research group who have gone the extra mile to make research data FAIR.

Nomination is possible until the 1st of June 2020. You can nominate yourself, or someone else, quickly and easily via the nomination form

All researchers working in The Netherlands, including interdisciplinary and international consortia, may participate in the Prize provided their research details meet the criteria set out below: 

Nomination Criteria

To be eligible to win the Dutch Data Prize, the research details of nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • The data must be stored 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

Award Ceremony

The 2020 award ceremony is part of a broader substantive event for researchers, data supporters and data stewards held at NWO in The Hague on 18 November 2020

Winners are awarded € 5,000 to make their dataset (even) more accessible, for example by organizing a symposium or making data available online. Register online to join the event.


This year Rector Magnificus Emeritus of TU Delft Prof. dr. ir. Karel Luyben and current chairman of the Board of Directors of the European Open Science Cloud will perform the task of jury chairperson.

Other jury members are:

In the category exact & technical sciences:        

·        Prof. dr. Arjen Doelman (Professor of Applied Analysis at Leiden University)

·        Prof. Margot Weijnen (Scientific Director, Next Generation Infrastructures Foundation)

In the category medical &life sciences:

·        Prof. dr. ir. Ilja Arts (Professor of Molecular Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases).

·        The second jury member will be announced soon. 

In the category humanities & social sciences:

·        Prof. dr. Dr Rens van de Schoot (Professor of Statistics for Small Data Sets at Utrecht University)

·        Dr. Anne-Marie Slotboom (Associate Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University Amsterdam)

Curious about the winners of the previous edition of the Dutch Data Prize? Read about the 3 winners of 2018 in our news item. For questions about the Dutch Data Prize, please contact dataprijs@researchdata.nl. Want to stay up-to-date? Sign up for the Data Prize digital newsletter


The Dutch Data Prize was first awarded in 2010 and is an initiative of Research Data Netherlands (RDNL), a national coalition of data archives:  4TU.ResearchData, SURF and DANS. Partners of the Dutch Data Prize 2020 are: National Coordination Point LCRDM, netherlands eScience Center, Dutch Digital Heritage Network, OpenAIRE, DTL and UKB working group Research Data.