Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award

The Amsterdam competition for research based innovative ideas and impactful innovations, organised by IXA for Amsterdam researchers and students.

Don’t get fooled by the name of this competition. The Amsterdam Science & Innovation award is an inclusive competition. It is open to idea’s from all research disciplines: from aviation to engineering, maths, red and green life sciences, oral health, to the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Bringing research outside universities and into the world

AmSIA is the Amsterdam competition for research based innovative ideas that contribute to a better world. Since its launch in 2005 it gave a stage to over 400 innovative, smart and applicable ideas. Many of these have resulted in concrete applications and some even formed the fundament for new businesses.

Two awards

The AmSIA is based on two awards, the Innovation Award and the Impact Award. The Innovation Award is awarded to the three best innovative research-based ideas that contribute to a better world. The Impact Award is an achievement award for Amsterdam researchers or research groups who have created meaningful impact to society with their research projects and innovations.

AmSIA 2023: you can apply now!

We are welcoming applications via our event website. The finale is scheduled on 21 November 2023 at NEMO Science Museum.

Participants receive feedback on their idea and the possible feasibility of their application, they can take a workshop that allows them to improve their application. Selected finalist will get a pitch training, a promotional video, share their innovation with the public via media coverage and during the finale, and the change to win €10.000 to develop their idea towards an application!  Three prizes of each € 10.000 will be awarded to the best idea, one of these categories: Society, Health, and Environment & Climate, inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations*.

For whom
The competition is open to researchers, PhD’s, staff and students from all Amsterdam universities and universities of applied sciences and the Netherlands Cancer Institute.