The Beijerinck Premium is intended to encourage virology research. It is awarded to a young post-doc researcher by the The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences who is conducting outstanding virus-related research at a Dutch scientific organisation.

The Beijerinck Premium is awarded every two years. The prize consists of a monetary award (EUR 25,000) that may be spent on research at the recipient’s discretion. In this case, research is considered to include courses, conferences, and working visits abroad.