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The Academy is responsible for ten national research institutes and two institutes that provide research infrastructure. The institutes are active in the humanities, the social sciences and the life sciences. The Academy institutes play a leading role in Dutch and international research. They serve as national centres of expertise and manage and provide access to collections and/or research facilities, many of which are world-famous.


Research institutes are expected to explore new areas of science and to play a connecting role in their research field in the Netherlands. In order to be and remain Academy institutes, the research must be leading internationally. More information about the Academy’s policy regarding its institutes.

Knowledge transfer

Knowledge transfer is an important point of attention at the Academy institutes. To support the institutes and individual Academy researchers in this area, the Academy has set up its own Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO). The KTO helps institutes and researchers seek the expertise needed for knowledge transfer and supports them in attracting funding. More information about the KTO.


The institutes are evaluated regularly by independent evaluation committees. The evaluations are made based on the Standard Evaluation Protocol and the accompanying Academy manual for evaluations of Academy institutes.

Animal experiments

Three Academy institutes conduct research with laboratory animals: The Hubrecht Institutethe Netherlands Institute of Ecology and the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. The animals concerned are mainly birds, rodents and fish. A small group of primates are kept for brain research purposes. Since 2011, the Academy has issued biennial report accounting for its animal experiments. You will find more information on the theme page (in Dutch).

See also: KNAW Opinion on animal experiments.

Affiliated institutes

The Academy has an alliance with two institutes. The Rathenau Institute has its own board, appointed by the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science. The Fryske Akademy is an independent foundation.