Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award (AmSIA)?

    The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is the Amsterdam competition for innovative ideas with a societal and/or commercial impact. It is an annual competition for the best applicable innovation resulting from Amsterdam research. The Science & Innovation Award consists of three categories: alpha/ gamma, beta and life sciences.
  • Who can participate in the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award?

    (Teams of) researchers, staff or students from the University of Amsterdam, Vrije Unversiteit Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences, SURF SARA, NKI/ AvL, Sanquin can apply. The innovative idea should not have been commercially exploited or valorized in another way yet.
  • What is needed to participate in the Amsterdam & Science Innovation Award?

    When you have an innovative idea which is not commercially exploited or valorized in any way you can participate in the competition. The idea has to be applicable and have societal and/ or commercial impact. You have to fill in the application form.
  • What is the application deadline of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award?

    The application deadline was 9 September 2019. It is not possible anymore to apply for the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award.
  • How will the winners of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award be chosen?

    First, IXA may appoint independent experts to rank all received entries, depending on the amount of assets applications. All the entries will be send to the jury of the AmSIA. They decide which entries will be nominated for the finals. Thereafter will the chosen finalists present their idea in the form of an elevator pitch to the jury and audience during the awards ceremony on 26 November 2019. At the end of the day, the jury will decide who will be awarded for the three different prices.
  • Why participate in the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award?

    Each participant will benefit from partaking in the contest. The competition will give you an excellent opportunity to develop your idea further, explore its potential, propose your idea to an experienced jury and share it with the public and companies. It's possible for all participants to get in contact with and to get support and advice from IXA. Moreover will the three winners of the competition receive €7.500, so their innovative idea can be developed further.
  • What is the mission of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award?

    The aim is to stimulate researchers, staff and students to generate ideas with practical application based on research at one of the Amsterdam universities, universities of applied sciences, academic medical centers and public research centers.
  • Who organizes the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award?

    The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is organized by Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA), the valorisation centre of Amsterdam UMC, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA). Partners of the AmSIA are Netherlands Cancer Institute/ Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Sanquin and the City of Amsterdam.
  • When is the finale of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award?

    The finale of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award will be held on 26 November 2019 from 14:30 till 17:30 at NEMO Science Museum, Oosterdok 2, Amsterdam. Registration for the finale is free of charge.