The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Vidi grant of 800,000 euros to UT-researchers  Tatiana Filatova and Rebecca Saive. This grant will enable the two laureates to strengthen their own, innovative line of research and set up a competitive research team over the next five years.

Prof. dr. Tatiana Filatova – A SOCIAL TIPPING POINT: climate-resilient futures through transformational adaptation

Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (CSTM), Faculty of BMS

Prof. dr. Tatiana Filatova

Accelerating ramifications of climate change cannot be addressed via conventional adaptation. The adaptation strategies that proved successful in the past face their limits today under rapidly changing climate. Given the unprecedented scale of changes, the world needs to prepare for transformational adaptation – new radical grand changes in societal responses to hazards.

Transformational shifts in society to increase socio-economic resilience to climate change raise an active scientific debate. People and social institutions evolve gradually, while transformational shifts often occur after critical, crisis situations. Yet, gaps in the theory of transformational climate change adaptation remain, impeded by our inability to follow adaptation processes across scales and over time, and to verify theory with data. Moreover, methods to integrate dynamics of individual behaviour and evolution of social institutions in climate change assessments are lagging.

The ambition of this Vidi project is to gain a fundamental understanding of social tipping points in climate change adaptation. It will develop methods and computational models that account for socio-economic dynamics in models for climate change adaptation and better inform climate adaptation policy assessments.

Dr. Rebecca Saive – Light-controlled nanosystems

Inorganic Materials Science, faculty TNW

Dr. Rebecca SaiveDirect conversion of light into mechanical motion has fascinated mankind for centuries, examples including Sir William Crookes’ radiometer, light sails for space craft propulsion and Feringa’s molecular machines. Nanoscale propulsion systems enable novel technologies such as nanorobots for targeted drug delivery and enhanced mass-transport in photochemical systems. Novel, versatile light-driven propulsion systems are required to unlock better performance and new applications of such nanosystems.

In this Vidi project,  a new field of research is proposed, enabling direct light conversion into mechanical motion and displacement on-chip, hereby called piezo-photomotion. To achieve this goal, hybrid materials systems will be developed that combine the photovoltaic with the piezo electric effect. In photovoltaic devices light is transformed into an electric power while piezo electric materials convert mechanical displacement into voltage and vice versa. The goal of this Vidi project is to analyze fundamental properties such as the energy conversion efficiency as well as to explore possible applications of these novel materials systems such as light-driven nanorobots and agitation of photochemical systems.

Dr. Rebecca Saive is one of the invited speakers in the Nano4Energy track at the international MicroNanoConference on December 4, 2020.


Vidi is aimed at experienced researchers who have carried out successful research for a number of years after obtaining their PhDs. Together with Veni and Vici, Vidi is part of the NWO Talent Programme. Researchers in the Talent Programme are free to submit their own subject for funding. NWO thus encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research. NWO selects researchers based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and the possibilities for knowledge use.

Read the original press release at the University of Twente website.

Cover photo by Yassine Khalfalli on Unsplash

Researchers from NWO recognized university institutions and innovative starters can apply for funding for a feasibility study or early phase project at a starting company. Take-off stimulates activity from the knowledge institutions.

Entrepreneurial researchers who wish to find out whether their innovative research results has commercial potential can apply for a Take-off phase 1: feasibility study grant. This grant is aimed at stimulating and supporting new start-ups using university knowledge. The grant comprises 40.000 euros, to be used within 6 months. The Take-off programme is aimed at stimulating and supporting business and entrepreneurship from (applied) sciences. .

For more information please see the Dutch version of this funding instrument.

Read more and download the application forms here.

NWO is making 11 million euros available for research in which public and private parties collaborate on technological breakthroughs. Key technologies are technologies of the “future” that will have a huge impact on the way we live, learn, work and produce. They are technologies that discard our ideas about what we consider possible and potentially lead to breakthrough innovations.

Technological breakthroughs

The Key Technologies call is aimed at financing fundamental and application-oriented scientific research into technological breakthroughs to create economic opportunities for the Netherlands and contribute to solving societal challenges.

Key technologies create new business and markets, increase competitiveness and boost job growth. They enable groundbreaking process, product and / or service innovations and are relevant for science, society and the market. Key technologies are characterized by their wide applicability and reach: deployment is possible in various sectors and / or innovations.

From the perspective of the potential contribution of technology to societal challenges in the Netherlands, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has designated the following clusters of key technologies:

  • Chemical Technologies
  • Digital Technologies
  • Engineering and Fabrication Technologies
  • Photonics and Light Technologies
  • Advanced Materials
  • Quantum Technologies
  • Life science technologies
  • Nanotechnologies



Pre-proposals and complete applications are submitted by a main applicant and one or more co-applicants. An application is drawn up by a consortium, in which other participants are involved in addition to the applicants.


In this round, funding can be requested for research proposals with a total size of a minimum of € 750,000 and a maximum of € 2,500,000. NWO funds a maximum of 70% of the total project size; the rest of the funding is provided through compulsory co-funding.


The deadline for applying for the statement of suitability is November 10, 2020, 14:00:00 CET.
The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is January 19, 2021, 14:00:00 CET.
The deadline for submitting applications is May 18, 2021, 14:00:00 CEST.


This program falls within the main line MISSION of the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) 2020-2023, in which NWO publishes a limited number of major thematic calls each year.

More information about this call for proposals, budget and deadlines can be found on the funding page of this call.

Original news item NWO website.

Perspectief round 2020/2021 is opened as of 20 July. The call for proposals is available (in Dutch). Register your programme iniatitive via this form.

Generally speaking, the same conditions apply as for the previous round, but there are several changes, including:

  • Cash co-funding is not compulsory in the 2020/2021 round (a measure due to the coronavirus crisis). The total co-funding required is still 30%;
  • The co-funding percentage for TO2 institutions has been reduced from 50% to 30%. With that, the co-funding percentage required for TO2 research is the same as that for other applicants;
  • A researcher may only submit one programme design or programme proposal per Perspectief round as the main applicant, and may be involved in a maximum of two applications or proposals.

The most important dates are:

  • Deadline for registering programme initiative on website (phase 1): Thursday 22 October, 14.00 CEST (use this form for registration)
  • Deadline for submitting programme proposal (phase 2): Tuesday 15 December 2020, 14.00 CET (by email to
  • Deadline for application of the programme proposal (phase 3): Tuesday 15 June 2021, 14.00 CEST (by email to

The (online) information meeting will take place on Monday 7 September (15h -17h). Please register for the meeting via More information about the conditions, changes and deadlines can be read in the call for proposals.

> Register your programme initiative

> Funding page Perspectief round 2020/2021

Consortia that are interdisciplinary and cover the full breadth of the knowledge chain are invited to submit research proposals that express the broad and innovative character of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA). Proposals should fall within one or more NWA routes and address one or more of the 140 cluster questions. The starting point for this is the Portfolio for Research and Innovation.


The aim of the NWA-ORC 2020/21 call for proposals is to encourage research and innovation focused on the portfolio of 25 routes and the 140 corresponding cluster questions in the NWA. This research will be set up and carried out by interdisciplinary consortia that will include representatives from the full breadth of the knowledge chain as well as relevant societal partners, including industry. The added value of the consortium will be evidenced by the joint approach to the research, with the individual strengths and expertise of each participant demonstrably reinforcing those of the others. Which knowledge partners are involved and which societal partners are relevant will depend on the objectives of the project.

Who can apply

Proposals should be submitted by a consortium in which the various types of research in the knowledge chain (fundamental, applied and practice-oriented) must be represented. There are four categories of participant within a consortium:

  • Main applicant;
  • Co-applicant(s);
  • Co-funder(s)
  • Cooperating partner(s) (optional)

The main applicant submits the application on behalf of the consortium. More information about the four categories of participants as well as specific requirements regarding who can apply, can be found in paragraph 3.1 of the call for proposals.

What to apply for

In this round, proposals can be submitted in the following budget ranges:

  • 500,000 – ≤ 2,000,000 euros;
  • > 2,000,000 – ≤ 5,000,000 euros;
  • > 5,000,000 – ≤ 10,000,000 euros.

The budget range is determined by the funding requested from NWO. The budget is built up using the NWO-wide standardised building blocks, the so-called modules. Seven modules are available in this call:

  • Personnel costs;
  • Material costs;
  • Investments;
  • Knowledge utilisation;
  • Internationalisation;
  • Money follows Collaboration;
  • Programme management.

Extensive information about the modules can be found in annex 6.2 of the call for proposals.


Co-funding is obligatory in each proposal. The participating co-funders should jointly contribute at least 10% of the total project budget in the form of co-funding, either in-cash or in-kind.   The conditions regarding co-funding can be found in paragraph 3.5 of the call for proposals.

When to apply

The NWA-ORC 2020/21 funding round has three phases and therefore has three deadlines.

  • The deadline for online submission of an initiative via the NWO-website is on 1 October 2020 at 14:00:00 CEST.

Submitting an initiative is required to be able to submit a pre-proposal. After submission of the initiative, the main applicant – or another participant in the consortium – has to take part in a matchmaking event of the indicated primary NWA-route.

  • The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is on 14 January 2021 at 14:00:00 CET. A pre-proposal may only be submitted if an initiative has previously been submitted.
  • The deadline for submission of full proposals is on 24 June 2021 at 14:00:00 CEST. A full proposal may only be submitted if a pre-proposal has previously been submitted.

Read more about this call and the documents needed on the NWO website.

On Friday 10 July NWO will publish the third funding round of the NWA research programme ‘Research along Routes by Consortia (ORC)’. The aim of the NWA-ORC 2020/21 is to stimulate research and innovation aimed at the portfolio of the 25 routes and the associated 140 cluster questions in the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA).

In the NWA-ORC, researchers collaborate with each other and with civil society organisations. The entire knowledge chain is represented. The added value of the consortium must arise from the joint approach to research, while the individual strengths and expertise of the participants demonstrably reinforce each other.

Because of the corona measures, the NWA-ORC 2020 round has been considerably delayed. For this reason, NWO is not organising a separate round for 2021. NWO will use the budget of the 2021 round to increase the funding for this round, of 2020/21, and that of 2021/22. As a consequence, for the 2020/21 funding round 132.3 million euros is available. This budget is higher than in previous years. The (fourth) round 2021/22 is expected to start in autumn 2021.

Important dates

  • The deadline for submitting initiatives is 1 October 2020;
  • The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is 14 January 2021;
  • The deadline for submission of full proposals is 24 June 2021;
  • NWO expects the awards to be announced in early 2022.

On 3 September 2020, NWO will organise a webinar on the NWA-ORC 2020/21. In this webinar, researchers, companies and civil society organisations can learn more about the ORC’s objectives and working method. Further information will follow via the NWO website and the NWO newsletter.

How to submit?

Submitting an application starts with the submission of an initiative. That does not have to be a detailed plan with a budget and commitments from participants. An overall idea by one individual researcher is sufficient. Main applicants of knowledge organisations submit such an initiative. NWO informs the knowledge organisations about the initiatives submitted by their organisation.

This initiative phase is important in order to promote consortium formation and to offer organisations the possibility to connect to an already existing initiative. NWO will publish the submitted initiatives online in October 2020 and will organise a matchmaking meeting with each NWA route at the end of October/early November 2020. Main applicants of initiatives (or someone replacing them) are then obliged to participate in the matchmaking meeting of the NWA route that is most relevant to their idea. If the initiative is not represented at such a meeting, a pre-proposal cannot be submitted.


The pre-proposal should be connected to an initiative  submitted earlier and must relate to one or more NWA routes and address one or more of the 140 cluster questions. It is not necessary for the consortium to submit letters of support and a budget at this stage, this in order to facilitate the process. An indication of the bandwidth and, if possible, an estimate of the amount to be applied for suffice at this stage.

The assessment committee will be divided into clusters of matching routes. NWO determines the available budget per bandwidth in proportion to the cumulative requested budget of the complete applications being assessed per bandwidth. NWO aims for a similar success rate for all three bandwidths.

Productive interactions and knowledge utilisation

The added value of the cooperation in the projects lies in the diversity and complementarity in (technical) skills and expertise of individual consortium partners. These ‘productive interactions’ increase the chance of social and scientific breakthroughs. In order to do justice to the different expectations in the field of societal breakthroughs, or impact, in the breadth of the NWA agenda, NWO uses two approaches to knowledge utilisation in this call for proposals: the Impact Plan approach (achieving societal breakthroughs), and the Impact Outlook approach (acquiring more knowledge and sharing that knowledge). Which approach applies to an application depends on the nature of the addressed cluster question(s). NWO expects the Impact Plan approach to be appropriate for most routes and cluster questions.

More information

Source: NWO news

In 2019 zijn binnen de jaarlijkse call van High Tech Systemen & Materialen (HTSM) 22 projecten gehonoreerd. Om ervoor te zorgen dat deze onderzoeken leiden tot maatschappelijk verantwoorde innovaties biedt NWO – met een HTSM MVI top-up call – de mogelijkheid om een aantal projecten te integreren met MVI-onderzoek. De call for proposals was vanwege Covid-19 gepauzeerd maar staat nu tot 27 augustus 2020 14:00:00 (CET) weer open voor indiening. Het totaalbudget van deze call bedraagt 500.000 euro.

Projectleiders van een aantal gehonoreerde HTSM 2019 aanvragen hebben het voornemen een aanvraag in te dienen in het kader van de HTSM MVI top-up call. Zij zijn op zoek naar alfa- en gammawetenschappers om met hen samen te werken voor het formuleren van een subsidieaanvraag. Het betreft onderzoek naar bijvoorbeeld voetgangersmanagement, sterkte en slijtvastheid van coatings, nieuwe 3D-geprinte materialen en een baanbrekende technologie die de MRI-scantijd verkort wat zich vertaalt in kostenverlaging terwijl de patiëntervaring wordt verbeterd.

Een korte samenvatting van hun gehonoreerde HTSM-projecten en contactgegevens vindt u op de MVI-website. Neem een kijkje op deze pagina voor meer informatie en wanneer u daar interesse voor heeft, kunt u met de desbetreffende projectleider contact leggen. De deadline voor het indienen van voorstellen is 27 augustus 2020 14:00:00 (CET).

Hand die grijpt naar rij met tandwielen


Vanwege een geconstateerde inconsistentie in de call for proposals en de gestelde voorwaarden voor indiening is een herzieningsbesluit genomen.
De call is op twee punten aangepast:

  1. deelname aan de informatiebijeenkomst van 22 januari is vervallen als voorwaarde voor het indienen van een aanvraag
  2. opgenomen is dat alle HTSM 2019 projectleiders, die niet in staat waren om de informatiebijeenkomst bij te wonen, de mogelijkheid hebben om contact op te nemen met het TTW of SGW programmabureau om hun interesse voor de MVI top-up en hun wens om een aanvraag in te dienen, te bespreken.

Over MVI

NWO-MVI onderzoek richt zich op belangrijke maatschappelijke uitdagingen en de innovaties die daarvoor nodig zijn. Het brengt de maatschappelijke aspecten van deze (technologische) innovaties vroegtijdig in kaart, zodat hiermee in het ontwerp- en ontwikkelingsproces rekening kan worden gehouden. Het doel van NWO-MVI onderzoek is om innovaties tot stand te brengen die maatschappelijk aanvaardbaar zijn. De speerpunten van de NWO-MVI benadering zijn:

  • Proactief ontwerp- en ontwikkelingsperspectief
    Maatschappelijke aspecten en de potentiële impact op stakeholders worden van meet af aan betrokken in het proces van een innovatie. Bijvoorbeeld juridische, ethische / filosofische, economische, sociologische en (gedrags-) psychologische aspecten.
  • Multidisciplinariteiten geïntegreerde benadering
    Maatschappelijke uitdagingen zijn altijd multidisciplinair. In het onderzoek wordt alfa-, bèta- en gamma- expertise geïntegreerd ingezet voor het realiseren van innovaties die niet alleen een probleem proberen op te lossen maar ook maatschappelijk aanvaardbaar of verantwoord zijn.
  • Maatschappelijke relevantie en valorisatie
    Stakeholders worden betrokken bij het onderzoek, met het oog op de toepasbaarheid en implementatie van de onderzoeksresultaten en hun kennis van de praktijk.

Meer informatie op het NWO-MVI portal


High Tech Systemen en Materialen is een van de negen Nederlandse topsectoren. Binnen HTSM zijn verschillende roadmaps gedefinieerd:  Advanced Instrumentation, Aeronautics, Automotive, Electronics, Embedded Systems, Healthcare, High Tech Materials, Lighting, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Printing, Security, Semiconductor Equipment, Smart Industry en Space. Daarnaast is er nog het cross-topsectorale thema ICT. Deze roadmaps en ICT vormen samen het Topconsortium Kennis en Innovatie (TKI) van HTSM en geven de richting aan waarin het vraaggestuurd onderzoek zich in de komende jaren zou moeten ontwikkelen. Het onderzoeksprogramma HTSM is erop gericht kennis te ontwikkelen voor technologische doorbraken en innovatieve toepassingen. Onderzoekers en bedrijven werken daarin nauw samen.

Bron: NWO nieuws

In July 2020, NWO will start seven programmes that fall within the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant 2020-2023. It concerns a range of subjects for which public and private parties will work together in an interdisciplinary manner with researchers on innovative solutions or societal problems, such as the energy transition, dementia and water management.

The mission-driven calls that will be published in July are one of the types of funding within the KIC. In addition to these calls, Partnerships, strategic collaboration forms and practice-oriented funding instruments will start in the autumn. NWO asks researchers and partners to get ready for these calls. Therefore please follow the developments via, @NWOnieuws and LinkedIn!

Mission-driven research programmes

NWO will develop a limited number of large thematic calls throughout the year with a size of between 5 and 15 million euros, the so-called mission-driven programmes. The choice of subject has been determined on the basis of prioritised subjects (missions) taken from the Knowledge and Innovation Agendas (KIAs) published by the top sectors. Researchers can submit proposals for collaborative projects, with a budget of 750,000 to 4 million euros per proposal. For each call, a co-funding percentage will be set.

in July, NWO will start with the following programmes within the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant:

Key technologies

Key technologies is an umbrella term for technologies of the “future”. They cast to one side ideas about what was considered possible and have the potential to result in groundbreaking innovations. For example, artificial intelligence will change the way we work, and we will treat patients in new ways with nanomedicines. The call “Key Technologies” encourages:
1.    the development of scientifically excellent knowledge that results in relevant new technology for industry and society via a multidisciplinary approach;
2.    the building up of intensive and sustainable collaborative relationships within consortia between knowledge institutions, companies and civil society organisations;
3.    the creation of more focus on mass (coherency) in research into thematic areas and key technologies that are relevant for the Netherlands so that strong internationally distinct positions can be created in the industry and knowledge infrastructure of the Netherlands; and
4.    facilitating the valorisation of the developed knowledge by (end) users.

Opening call for proposals: July 2020
Intended deadline pre-proposals: not earlier than January 2021
Contribution NWO: 11 million euros
Project size (including co-funding): 750,000 euros – 2.5 million euros

Circularity for wind and sun

This programme is about more energy revenues due to lower costs of wind and solar energy. Possible ideas are research into new (circular) materials, innovative equipment, processes and designs for production installations. The themes efficiency and circularity are the focus of this call.

Opening call for proposals: July 2020
Deadline pre-proposals: not earlier than January 2021
Contribution NWO: 5 million euros
Project size (including co-funding): 750,000 – 1.5 million euros


Innovation plays an important role in achieving the National Climate Agreement of the Netherlands because not all other solutions that are necessary for achieving the goals are available. Two important sectors in this regard are industry and agri-food. This programme will encourage interdisciplinary research to stimulate the transition to a circular carbon system. This covers the entire value chain: raw materials, production, the (re)use of semi-manufactured products, products and carbon in the waste phase. The participation of citizens and companies is vital for the success of the transition. Here the challenge lies in integrating societal and technical-scientific innovations across the entire chain.

Opening call for proposals: July 2020
Deadline pre-proposals: not earlier than January 2021
Contribution NWO: 5 million euros
Project size (including co-funding): 750,000 – 1.5 million euros

Aquatic food production

In the coming years, a large proportion of the Dutch North Sea will change in terms of use and allocation. At the same time, the demand for sustainably produced food, especially protein, and biogenic raw materials will increase. This requires the linking of biological, maritime, economic and societal issues with respect to the development of knowledge about sustainable mariculture and agriculture in the North Sea and estuaries. For this, the focus is on a sustainable approach for the cultivation and the breeding of seaweed, crustaceans and shellfish, and the development of cultivation and processing facilities with attention for the ecosystem, biodiversity and multifunctional use of water. With this call, NWO will finance research projects that tackle these challenges in an interdisciplinary manner. Where possible, connection will be sought with existing initiatives.

Opening call for proposals: July 2020
Deadline pre-proposals: not earlier than January 2021
Contribution NWO: 5 million euros
Project size (including co-funding): 1 – 1.5 million euros

Climate-robust production systems and water management

As a result of climate change, the Netherlands is increasingly confronted with long periods of drought and with periods of a lot of precipitation in a short space of time. This has major consequences for agriculture and horticulture. The effects and possibilities for solutions are dependent on the local soil and water system and can therefore strongly differ per region. The Netherlands faces the challenge of developing climate-robust, agricultural and horticultural production systems in conjunction with (innovations in) the water system management. For this, the societal aspects of intended innovations will need to be taken into account as well.
With this call, NWO will fund research projects that tackle these issues in an interdisciplinary manner.

Opening call for proposals: July 2020
Deadline: not earlier than January 2021
Contribution NWO: 6 million euros
Project size (including co-funding): 1 – 1.5 million euros

Lifestyle and living environment

The aim of the call is to initiate research that structurally improves equal opportunities to be able to live in good health. The call focuses on the (further) development and application of sustainable, innovative, preventative interventions aimed at both lifestyle and the living environment. These successful innovations are based on previously acquired results and will be further strengthened within this call by the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and learning communities. The outcomes will contribute to the aim that by 2040 disease burden as a consequence of an unhealthy lifestyle and living environment will have been reduced by 30% compared to 2020.

Opening call for proposals: July 2020
Deadline: not earlier than January 2021
Contribution NWO: 5.75 million euros
Project size (including co-funding): 3.3– 3.39 million euros

Living with dementia

This call makes a contribution to the mission objective that in 2030 the quality of life for people with dementia has increased by 25%. It concerns research that mainly focuses on: mechanism(s) of initiation; prevention of dementia and the associated consequences; curing dementia; increasing and/or maintaining the quality of life experienced by people with dementia and their informal carers; and strengthening the contribution to this by the formal healthcare system whether or not this involves the help of technology.
In the call, the focus will be on two interdisciplinary research lines in which for both lines connection will be sought with the key technology artificial intelligence (AI):
1.    mechanistic research, resulting in high-quality diagnostics, prognostics and interventions;
2.    research into the psychosocial interventions focusses on personalised self-management, joint management and usable technology for people with dementia and their (in)formal care providers.

Opening call for proposals: July 2020
Deadline: not earlier than January 2021
Contribution NWO: 5.25 million euros
Project size (including co-funding): 2.9 million euros – 3.09 million euros (one project per research line)

Other funding instruments

Mission-driven calls

The following mission-driven calls are planned for the autumn of 2020:
•    Security
•    Public earning capacity
•    Human Capital
•    Societal expectation, embedding and social innovation


For Partnerships, a Partnership desk has been opened to discuss the possibilities.
Read more about Partnerships here.

Long-Term Programmes (LTPs)

For Long-Term Programmes (LTPs) with a maximum duration of ten years, a call for proposals (pre-proposals) is expected in September 2020.
Read more about the LTPs here.

Therefore please follow the developments via, @NWOnieuws and LinkedIn!

Research brings solutions a step closer

Climate change, cyber security, the ageing population: our society faces several major challenges. These challenges require groundbreaking innovative solutions with impact. This provides economic opportunities for public and private parties to jointly develop innovative solutions for societal issues. The contribution of scientific and practice-oriented research is indispensable in this regard. The aim is to achieve not just societal impact but also economic and scientific impact.

For this, NWO will deploy programmes of considerable size so that a real difference can be made. To realise the challenges set, NWO will initiate collaborations, make connections between researchers, private parties and public parties, and encourage the exploration of new pathways. Bringing different parties together will give rise to new consortia and innovative research. In the vision of NWO, the opportunities arising from the intended changes and the impact these have will be maximised if interdisciplinary research is realised in which collaboration is sought with relevant knowledge institutions and public and private partners, including SMEs. Partners make a substantial contribution to the research financially (in cash) and by providing support (in kind).


Each year, NWO will make more than 100 million euros available for fundamental and practice-oriented research that is realised by scientists in collaboration with companies. The financial contribution of NWO is established in the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) 2020-2023, in which knowledge institutions, industry, government bodies and other public parties jointly invest in innovation. This funding is aligned with the mission-driven top sectors and innovation policy of the Dutch government.

Source: NWO

Hogescholen en universitaire onderzoekers kunnen financiering aanvragen voor verkennend onderzoek met praktijkpartners (twee, waarvan minimaal één mkb-partij) binnen de thematische kaders van de KIA’s.


Het doel van de regeling is het stimuleren en opzetten van nieuwe samenwerkingsverbanden tussen praktijkpartners enerzijds en hogescholen/universiteiten anderzijds. De samenwerkingsverbanden voeren gemeenschappelijke activiteiten uit op het gebied van (praktijkgericht) onderzoek en innovatie. Aanvragen hebben betrekking op verkennend onderzoek zoals haalbaarheidsstudies. Mogelijke uitkomsten van projecten zijn nieuwe onderzoeksaanvragen, netwerkactiviteiten, prototypes, testen, (business)modellen, methoden, werkwijzen, demonstrators, processen, productconcepten en dienstconcepten.

Voor wie

De regeling staat open voor hogescholen, universiteiten en overige kennisinstellingen. Indien een hogeschool aanvraagt, dient dit een door de overheid bekostigde hogeschool te zijn, zoals bedoeld in artikel 1.8 van de Wet op het hoger onderwijs en wetenschappelijk onderzoek (WHW). De persoon die de aanvraag indient in ISAAC namens een hogeschool wordt geacht hiertoe te zijn gemachtigd door het College van Bestuur van de aanvragende hogeschool. Voor de onderzoekers bij universiteiten en overige kennisinstellingen geldt dat zij een vaste of tijdelijke aanstelling hebben (gedurende de looptijd van het aanvraagproces en de looptijd van het project) bij minimaal één van de volgende kennisinstellingen:

  • Nederlandse universiteiten
  • KNAW- en NWO-instituten
  • het Nederlands Kanker Instituut
  • het Max Planck Instituut voor Psycholinguïstiek te Nijmegen
  • de Dubble-bundellijn bij de ESRF te Grenoble
  • NCB Naturalis
  • Advanced Research Centre for NanoLithography (ARCNL)
  • Prinses Máxima Centrum voor kinderoncologie
  • Universitair medische centra

Wat aanvragen

Per aanvraag kan maximaal € 40.000 worden aangevraagd. Het consortium draagt een bedrag van minimaal 25% van het subsidiebedrag bij als cofinanciering, deze mag geheel ‘in kind’ voldaan worden. KIEM projecten hebben een looptijd van maximaal één jaar. De kosten die met deze subsidie gefinancierd kunnen worden, betreffen de gemaakte en/of betaalde loonkosten en materiële kosten van hogescholen, universiteiten en overige kennisinstellingen, gebaseerd op kostprijs, inclusief eventuele niet-verrekenbare btw.


Het betreft een doorlopende call, aanvragen worden verwerkt op volgorde van binnenkomst.

De ophaalmomenten zijn:

  1. dinsdag 30 juni 2020, 14:00:00 uur.
  2. dinsdag 29 september 2020, 14:00:00 uur.
  3. donderdag 10 december 2020, 14:00:00 uur (tevens sluitingsdatum). Tijden in CE(S)T.



De aanvraag wordt door de beoordelingscommissie beoordeeld aan de hand van vier beoordelingscriteria. Deze worden hieronder toegelicht.


  •  De mate waarin de vraag aantoonbaar afkomstig is uit, en relevant is voor (professionals werkzaam in) de praktijk.


  • De mate van betrokkenheid van de relevante beroepspraktijk en de kennisinstellingen, bij voorkeur in de regio.
  • De mate waarin sprake is van vernieuwing van het (regionale) samenwerkingsverband.


  • De mate waarin de innovatievraag vernieuwend is voor het netwerk en/of het samenwerkingsverband.
  • De mate waarin het voorstel aansluit en/of voortbouwt op bestaande kennis en kunde.
  • De relevantie van de beoogde resultaten voor de praktijk.

Haalbaarheid projectplan

  • De mate waarin de vraag afgebakend, specifiek en functioneel is.
  • De mate waarin het projectplan uitvoerbaar en haalbaar is.

Elk van de criteria wordt door de beoordelingscommissie beoordeeld met een voldoende of onvoldoende. Een aanvraag krijgt alleen een positief oordeel als op alle criteria voldoende wordt gescoord.


Voor de beoordeling wordt een externe beoordelingscommissie ingesteld. De commissie beoordeelt de aanvragen, hierbij gebruik makend van een preadvies dat is opgesteld door medewerkers van NWO. Gestreefd wordt om binnen 8 weken na het ophaalmoment (/sluitingsdatum) de uitslag te communiceren met de aanvrager.

Lees meer over de KIEM aanvraag en download de documentatie via NWO.

In June, the board of NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences has granted 43 projects within the Open Technology Programme and Take-off.

Open Technology Programme

In June, the board of NWO Domain AES granted 7 research projects within the Open Technology Programme (OTP). The projects range from coastal defense to propellers and cancer treatment, among other things.

The Open Technology Programme is open to excellent research aimed at the possible implementation of the results. The programme offers companies and other organisations an easily accessible way of becoming involved in scientific research that leads to usable knowledge.

These are the seven awarded projects, in order of project number:


Take-off is a funding instrument aimed at stimulating and supporting business activity and entrepreneurship originating in science.

In Take-off’s spring 2020 round, 27 feasibility studies were given the green light. Nine young starters also receive a loan from Take-off: the early-stage funding offers them a maximum amount of 250,000 euros. These capital injections will benefit a.o. AI safety solutions, coronary artery disease, wireless e-bike charging and a dialogue trainer. Take-off’s new round is open for applications on mid-july 2020.

Overview of granted projects
Feasibility studies (phase 1), wo
Feasibility studies (phase 1), TO2
Early stage route (phase 2)

Source: NWO News


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TEKNOWLOGY is the Dutch festival where technology, science, innovation and valorisation meet. At TEKNOWLOGY visitors are shown the technical innovations of the future and how Dutch science is prepared for it. The next edition will be both live on location and online from 16 – 20 November 2020.

A day full of out-of-the-box ideas, examples of knowledge utilisation, opportunities for financing and the role of NWO in innovation policy, and inspirational keynotes.