On Monday 28 January 2013, cell biologists Graça Raposo and Harry Heijnen took receipt of the Descartes-Huygens Prize for 2012. Hans Clevers, President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Pierre Ménat, French Ambassador to the Netherlands, presented the awards.
Graça Raposo and Harry Heijnen were awarded the prize for their outstanding research and their contribution to Franco-Dutch relations. The Descartes-Huygens Prize (EUR 23,000 for each recipient) is intended to cover the cost of a research residence in the Netherlands and France respectively.
The Royal Academy has awarded the prize annually since 1995.