The Order of Merits is the only, and therefore highest, order of the Federal Republic. Both German and foreign people are eligible for the award. The medal consist a red cross with a golden center on which a black eagle is portraited, the heraldic animal of Germany.
Prof. dr. Clevers is scientific director and member of the Board of Directors of the Princess Máxima Center. In addition he is affiliated with the Hubrecht Institute (KNAW) and professor of Molecular Genetics at the University Medical Center Utrecht and Utrecht University.