Friends foundation

The Friends Foundation was established to enable the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience to step up its groundbreaking research. The Foundation started out in 1986 as the Foundation for Support of the Brain Bank. In 2013, the name was changed to Stichting Vrienden van het Herseninstituut (Friends of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience Foundation).

Statutory objective

The objective of the Friends Foundation is to stimulate the research of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, and anything that may be deemed to pertain to it, in the broadest sense. The Foundation does this by:

  • financially supporting the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
  • financially supporting research, projects and other activities in the field of brain research in relation to the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
  • encouraging potential backers to donate funds to the Foundation so that it may meet its objective

ANBI_FCThe Dutch Tax Authority has designated the Friends Foundation as a Public Benefit Organization (ANBI). This means that your donations are tax deductible for income tax, subject to conditions. Also, the Foundation is exempt from gift tax for your contribution.


The board consists of:
Prof. Dr. Hans Stoof (chairman)
Prof. Dr. Paul Lucassen (secretary)
Prof. Dr. Pieter Roelfsema (treasurer). He is also Director of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience.
Prof. Dr. Heleen Dupuis (member)
Mr. Johan Kleyn (member)

The Supervisory Board consists of:
Prof. Dr. Fernando Lopes da Silva
Paul Witteman
Prof. Dr. Piet Borst

Remuneration policy

In accordance with the Articles of Association, the members of board and supervisory board do not receive payment for their work, but do have a right to compensation of costs incurred for performing their duties. However, in practice they do not exercise this right.


The annual and financial report for the year 2015, as well as the policy plan for 2017 are available in Dutch and are published on the Dutch page.