KnowVU Award

KnowVU annually awards university incentive prizes for innovative educational ideas from teachers within the VU, the VUmc or ACTA. Teachers who want to compete for the KnowVU Award can submit their educational ideas from the 9th of September until the 11th of October 2019 at the latest. You can submit an idea via the online application form at

Selected candidates will have the opportunity to explain their idea briefly and convincingly by means of a short clip. The clips will be placed on the KnowVU website, after which voting is possible. In order to make the clips, it is possible to ask for the help of the student assistants of the VU Education Lab.

On the 7th of November the jury will award the prizes. The winner of the KnowVU award will receive €7,500,- and 50 hours of help from student-assistants to implement the educational idea. In addition, this year the winner of the public award will receive €2,500,- to implement his or her educational idea.

The selection of the candidates and the winner will be done by the jury of the KnowVU Award. The jury consists of three members: a teacher, a teacher trainer and a student.

Below are the criteria that the educational idea is expected to meet.


The idea should meet the following four criteria:

  1. The idea must be sustainable; a single investment should be sufficient to implement the idea permanently.
  2. The idea should be suitable for more than one course, potentially for more than one programme and ideally for more than one faculty.
  3. The idea must be implemented in academic year 2020-2021.
  4. The idea should be provided with an estimated budget.
Submissions to the KnowVU Award will be evaluated by the jury, using the answers to the questions below.
  1.  Which problem is being solved with this idea? And what is the concrete result?
  2. How is this idea new?
  3. What is the added value of this idea to other courses/faculties? What will this added value be like?


  1. How much time, money and manpower needs to be invested for this idea to succeed? When will this idea be viable?
  2. How does this idea fit in the current study programmes? Is the implementation of this idea supported by the Board of the department, the Board of the programme or  the Faculty Board?

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