The Bèta Plus Foundation (Dutch: Stichting Bèta Plus) aims to promote research and teaching in the sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). This objective it aims to achieve by establishing special chairs at the Faculty of Sciences (FNWI) in particular. The Foundation is authorized to establish chairs since 1987 and currently oversees 17 special chairs. These chairs are related to sub disciplines in the fields of mathematics, physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, earth sciences and computer science. The Beta Plus Foundation considers the chairs under his authority as part of a long term research collaboration between the Faculty and research institutes and companies. These institutes and companies usually have several research groups of distinguished scientists who provide a valuable contribution to the teaching and research at UvA.