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. Emmo Meijer (member)
Prof. Dr. Elly Hol (member)
Prof. Dr. Dick Swaab (advisor)

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, as well as the policy plan are available in Dutch and are published on the Dutch pages regarding the foundation.

Open Access Policy

The Friends Foundation is a charity dedicated to funding fundamental research in the neurosciences. We are committed to ensuring the published results of the research we fund are made as free and widely available as possible. Open access is an important means of maximising the impact of our funded research; it helps to share knowledge amongst the scientific community and enables our supporters to access the research they fund.

Open access options and costs
Papers arising from funding from the foundation must be made open access (i) by publishing in an open access journal or (ii) by self-archiving publications in Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) within six months of publication for publications in the life sciences and within twelve months of publication for publications in the social sciences – as permitted by the embargo policies of the journals they are published in.

What type of publications does the policy apply to?

  • Friends of the NIN open access policy applies to original research papers submitted for publication.
  • For editorials, letters, commissioned reviews, scholarly monographs, conference proceedings or book chapters, authors have to make their best effort to self-archive the work as soon as possible via Europe PubMed Central, while respecting the embargo requirements of the journals.