The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has three appointed tasks, which are defined by law: it serves as a learned society representing the full spectrum of scientific and scholarly disciplines; it acts as a management body for national research institutes and it advises the Dutch Government on matters related to scientific pursuit.


As part of the fulfilment of its scientific duties, the KNAW awards science-related prizes and administers funding programmes. One such prize is the Academy Professor Prize.


The KNAW constantly looks for ways to forge links with young scientists and scholars; The Young Academy, a dynamic and innovative group of outstanding young scientists and scholars with outspoken views on science and scholarship and the related policy, is an example of this.