Fit to Perform Research Nominated for RAAK Award

The RAAK Award showcases leading practice-oriented research by universities of applied sciences. With this award, the Task Force for Applied Research SIA aims to promote public awareness and quality of the research that is carried out at universities of applied sciences.

‘Fit to Perform’ links knowledge from the fields of performing arts, sports, healthcare, education, and technology. In this research project, Codarts collaborates with The National Ballet (HNB) and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam to improve the physical and mental health of dancers and optimise their performance.

The six nominated projects will be judged by an expert jury on the following criteria:

  • relevance of the research for education and practice;
  • effects of the research on education and practice, or further research;
  • how innovative is the research?

The nominees’ project leaders are allowed to tell the jury more about their research and answer any questions jury members may have. The jury then chooses three winners. The six nominees will present the outcome of their research at the SIA conference, on 15 November 2018. The award ceremony will also take place then.

In addition to the jury awards, there is also a public award. Anyone may vote for their favourite project on:


  • 1st Prize: the RAAK Award; €10,000 and a short video about the research
  • 2nd Prize: €5,000
  • 3rd Prize: €2,500

About SIA

The National Task Force for Applied Research (SIA) is a division of the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), one of the most important science funding organisations in the Netherlands. It promotes quality and innovation in science. Every year, NWO invests over 650 million euros in curiosity-driven research and in research in top fields and societal challenges.

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For more information about the RAAK Award, please visit: (in Dutch only)