The foundation Stichting Hoogewerff-Fonds was set up in 1917 by Prof.dr. S. Hoogewerff, who at the time was one of the professors at the Technische Hogeschool, the Institute of Technology in Delft.
The activities of Stichting Hoogewerff-Fonds lie in the field of chemical engineering in the Netherlands. The foundation stimulates and rewards scientific research and education in this field in the broadest sense of the word. Moreover, it stimulates activities aimed at knowledge valorisation, industrial innovation, and new activities in the field.
On a regular basis, the foundation grants three important awards:
The Hoogewerff Gouden Medaille, a gold medal, presented to a renowned candidate who has exceptionally distinguished him- or herself in the field of chemical engineering. The award is regarded as an important recognition of the candidate’s entire lifework.
The Hoogewerff Jongerenprijs, a silver medal and a cheque of 5,000 euros, which are presented to a promising researcher under 40.
The Hoogewerff Stimuleringsprijs, an award granted to promising young talent, which can be a group or an individual, that stands out through the realisation of industrial innovation or a new business activity in chemical engineering at one of the Dutch universities. The award is given as an important incentive for further initiatives in this field.
As of 2007, the Hoogewerff Lecture is presented by a prominent candidate from industry or academia at the Netherlands’ Process Technology Symposium (NPS).
The Board may also decide to provide financial support or reward for activities undertaken by third parties and which contribute to the aim of the Hoogewerff Fund, such as activities organized by student associations and/or the establishment of part-time chairs by universities.