The NWO Spinoza Prize is the highest award in Dutch academia. Each year, NWO awards the NWO Spinoza Prizes to two researchers working in the Netherlands who according to international standards belong to the absolutely best researchers worldwide. The NWO Spinoza Laureates do outstanding and groundbreaking research with broad impact. They are an inspiration for early-stage researchers.
The laureates each receive a bronze statue of Spinoza and 1.5 million euros. They are free to spend this as they wish as long as the expenditure is related to academic research.