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NWO

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is an organisation that provides funding for Dutch researchers. NWO defined multiple domains, representing multiple scientific fields: Social Sciences and Humanities, Applied and Engineering Sciences, Science and Health Research and Development (ZonMw).

Each pillar funds research through multiple programmes. Life Sciences applications are usually within the aim of the pillar Applied and Engineering Sciences. Programmes that fund research in this domain are:

    • Public-Private Partnership, such as the programmes Perspectief, Partnership and Demonstrator
    • Application oriented research, via the Open Technology Programme and the Open Mind programme
    • Stimulating activity and entrepreneurship within research facilities, via the Take-off programme
    • Research Talent via Rubicon, the Talent Scheme (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
    • Strategic programming (including the Top Sectors and the Dutch National Research Agenda – NWA)

 


 

NWO grants

NWO – CGIAR ~ Senior Expert Programme II

Deadline: full proposal 11 June 2024

Funding: €600.000

Funding rate: Co-financing by private and/or public parties is not a requirement for this call, but if available, can take the form of in-kind or in-cash financing, with a maximum of 50% of the total project budget.

Total budget: €8,4M

Project duration: 1 – 4 years

Consortium: Single applicants; senior experts from Dutch knowledge institutes with the following conditions:

  • Senior experts have at least a MSc/MA
  • Senior experts with a PhD should have at least 10 years of demonstrable relevant working experience after the PhD
  • Senior experts with a MSc/MA should have at least fifteen years of demonstrable relevant working experience after the MSc/MA and have a senior management position at their Dutch research organization.

Scope: The overall goal of the Senior Expert Programme is advancing knowledge and enhancing innovation (knowledge use) for global food and nutrition security (SDG2) through cooperation between the Netherlands and CGIAR*. The aim of the partnership is to contribute to knowledge, innovation, collaboration and capacities for global Food and Nutrition security.

The objectives are:

  1. Leveraging Dutch knowledge and expertise for performance and impact of CGIAR Research Initiatives;
  2. Leveraging CGIAR expertise, science and networks for Dutch knowledge institutions;
  3. Partnering in research and innovation, cooperation in knowledge sharing and capacity strengthening in a number of selected areas of mutual interest of CGIAR and Dutch policy on global food and nutrition security.

*CGIAR is a global research organisation that focuses on a food-secure future dedicated to transforming food, land and water systems in climate crisis.

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NWO Open Technology Programme (OTP)

Subsidy: €850,000 (up to €1,000,000 if an investment of €150,000 is included)

Scope: NWO TTW aims to bring scientific research together with potential users, as to realize knowledge transfer. Criteria are excellent scientific quality and utilization and the call is characterized by an absence of disciplinary boundaries. To assure utilization, a user committee must be installed, consisting of at least four users, of which at least two companies.

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Take Off Fase 1: Haalbaarheidsstudie

Subsidy: €20,000 – 40,000

Scope: Take-off is a science-based financing instrument from ZonMw and NWO (Secretariat: Applied and Technical Sciences). Take-off is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Take-off focuses on facilitating and stimulating business and entrepreneurship from Dutch universities and NWO-recognized research institutes. It is about creating innovative new business that follows knowledge development and utilization by researchers at these knowledge institutions. It may be product, process, care or service innovation in the broadest sense of the word, within all fields of science (beta / technique, life sciences and alpha / gamma).

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Take Off Fase 2: Vroegefasetrajecten

Subsidy: (Loan) €50,000 – 250,000

Scope: In the early stage project, it is about launching the start-up based on knowledge innovations from research institutions. An early phase project consists of the steps and activities to make the idea/concept commercially viable, to launch the process or service successfully on the market, to grow the company and that money will be earned. This happens by:

  1. Explain and execute an early phase plan in detail;
  2. Find contact with the stakeholders and future customers who enter the company enable independent growth and success;
  3. When applicable: by developing the concept, product or service so that at the end of the process of others – private or public investors – prepared must be the next stage to finance.

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NWO: Research Infrastructure (RI): national consortia

Subsidy: €1,5-10M

Total budget available: €20M

Funding rate: At least 25% (in-kind or in-cash, but not solely in-kind)

Deadline:

Letter of Intent: 7 December 2023

Full proposal: 11 April 2024

Project duration: max 5 years – the infrastructure should be exploited for a longer period

Consortium: Applicants can submit a proposal on behalf of one institution or on behalf of a consortium of two or more institutions. In order to safeguard the priorities and commitment of the submitting consortium, applications should be submitted by the lead applicant on behalf of the highest administrative body of the lead applicant’s institution.

There are four categories of participants for a consortium:

  1. Lead applicants
  2. Co-applicants
  3. Partners (optional)
  4. Co-funders (optional)

A broad group of relevant representatives in the Netherlands must be involved at an early stage and given a relevant role in the governance.

Scope: With this instrument, NWO aims to strengthen the RI available to the research community in the Netherlands. The instrument focuses on designing innovative RI that is of (inter)national importance, which can be used to achieve innovations and breakthroughs with a high value for science, society, and business. Proposals may be submitted by national consortia from all academic disciplines.

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NWO Demonstrator

Subsidy: max. €160,000 for max. 18 months

Funding rate: 100%

Deadline: 19 March 2024.

Consortium: Researchers working at a Dutch university, UMC, or other research organization recognized by NWO.

Scope: The Demonstrator program focuses on facilitating and encouraging the application of research results from Dutch universities, research institutions, or higher education institutions. The program aims to further develop knowledge to the level of a minimal functional prototype of a product (Minimal Viable Product). Using a demonstrator version, the application potential of the underlying demonstrator knowledge can be shown to a third party, indicating its readiness for transfer (“Show to Transfer”). The ultimate commercialization of the knowledge occurs through and by a third party.

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NWO Perspectief

Subsidy: €1.5 – 4M per project

Total budget: €22.8M

Funding rate: 70%. 30% should be co-financed of which at least 7.5% should be in cash co-financing.

Deadline: Letter of intent: 10-10-2023; Pre-Proposal: 14-11-2023; Full Proposal: 14-05-2024

Consortium: Scientists, companies and social organisations can apply a comprehensive research project concerning new technology through consortia. Such a project usually consists of four to eight work packages which approach the overarching theme from various research directions, with an explicit focus on application. At least three knowledge institutions and four users must be represented in the consortium. In addition to academic parties, TO2 institutes and universities of applied sciences can also apply for funding under certain conditions.

Scope: Innovation that has an economic and social impact often requires a large-scale approach. Developing new technology requires setting up new lines of research, transcending old networks and creating close collaboration between scientists and industry.The financing instrument Perspectief focuses on stimulating this collaboration in order to solve innovation bottlenecks. Innovative knowledge takes shape in an application that contributes to technological innovation with potential economic and social impact for the Netherlands.

 


 

NWO Domain Science Open Competition

The NWO Domain Science (Exacte en Natuurwetenschappen, ENW) Open Competition (OC) has three instruments, the NWO OC ENW – XS, NWO OC ENW – M and NWO OC ENW – XL. All instruments in the OC ENW are designed to fuel fundamental research in the research fields of the NWO ENW, such as, earth sciences, life sciences, computer sciences and chemistry.

Open Competition, ENW – XS

Available budget: €4 million (for 2020-2021 round)

Maximum subsidy budget: €50,000

Deadlines: 4 deadlines per year: 5 March, 14 May, 28 August, 15 October in 2024

Consortium: Intended for single applicants

Scope: This funding instrument is open for research proposals with a question in or overlapping the fields of earth sciences, astronomy, chemistry, computer science, life sciences, physics and mathematics. Proposals can be monodisciplinary, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary in nature. The NWO Domain Science has three different types of funding that you can submit proposals for in open competition.

Open Competition, ENW – M

Available budget: €35,500,000 (2024)

M-1: max. €400,000

M-2: max. €800,000

M-invest: €150,000 – €500,000

Deadlines: 31-07-2024

Consortium: ENW-M-1

  • single main applicant, no co-applicants

ENW-M-2

  • Single main applicant and a single co-applicant who work together to realise the proposed research

Scope: ENW-M grants are intended for curiosity-driven scientific research with impact. The ENW-M grants offer researchers the opportunity and freedom to start, and/or strengthen excellent, challenging and innovative lines of research, both mono disciplinary, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.

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Open Competition, ENW – XL

Available budget: €54 million 2024

Subsidy: ~€1-3 million

Deadlines: Pre-proposal 15 April 2021. Full proposal: 23 December 2021

Consortium:

A consortium of at least two researchers from different research institutes can apply if the researchers:

  • are employed at a Dutch university or a research institute recognised by NWO; and
  • have an appointment period for at least the duration of the application procedure and the entire duration of the research for which the grant is being applied for.

For tenure track appointments a letter that guarantees adequate supervision should be provided.

Scope: The Open Competition Domain Science-XL grants are aimed at curiosity-driven fundamental scientific research with impact, and the programme allows a choice for scientific impact, societal impact, or both. This funding instrument is open for proposals with a research question in or overlapping the fields of earth sciences, astronomy, chemistry, computer science, life sciences, physics and mathematics. Proposals can be monodisciplinary, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary .

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Open Technology Programme (OTP)

Subsidy: €550,000

Scope: NWO TTW aims to bring scientific research together with potential users, as to realize knowledge transfer. Criteria are excellent scientific quality and utilization and the call is characterized by an absence of disciplinary boundaries. To assure utilization, a user committee must be installed, consisting of at least four users, of which at least two companies.

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