Technology for Oncology

Technology for Oncology II call

NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES), the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF) and Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH) joining forces to connect medical science with technological research groups and industry. The collaboration should lead to technical innovations for the prevention, diagnosis and better treatment of cancer, including a better quality of life. After the success of research programme Technology for Oncology, a second call has now been opened. A total of almost 6 million euros is available.


This Partnership Technology for Oncology II finances research which aims at developing technology with a significant and identifiable impact on one or more of the mission goals of KWF Kankerbestrijding: less cancer, more cure and a better quality of life. The main objectives of this Partnership programme are:

  • (New) collaborations and technology transfer between Dutch technical universities or research groups with proven technical experience and other research institutes.
  • Participation of, and collaboration with, industry in cancer-related technology development.
  • Technology that can be used to improve prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of cancer, including quality of life.

Implementation and use of the obtained knowledge and results in oncology prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care should be the primary focus of the research proposals.

Who can apply

Funding can be requested by experienced researchers who hold a PhD and who are appointed at a Dutch university or a research institute recognised by NWO. Co-applicants are also researchers who hold a PhD with an appointment at a Dutch university or a research institution recognised by NWO. Collaboration between at least two researchers from two disciplines (technology and oncology) and at least two private parties is required for this funding.

Co-funding of 15% the project costs by private partners is required and can be brought together by several private partners.   


AES and KWF make a total of 2.8 million euros available for Technology for Oncology II. In addition, Top sector LSH has made available a maximum of 3 million euros Public-Private Partnership Allowance to KWF to further fund research in this Partnership programme. A total amount of up to 5.8 million euros is therefore available for scientific research.

What to apply for

The maximum funding that can be requested for a Partnership project is 750.000 euro (inclusive of Dutch VAT). The typical Partnership project duration ranges from two to four years, with a maximum of four years. This budget can be utilised for:

  • Personell costs
  • Materials and foreign travel costs
  • Investments

Management, administration and accountability of projects will take place according to NWO Domain AES procedures and according to the requirements of the PPP Allowance awarded to KWF Kankerbestrijding by Top Sector LSH with respect to substantive and financial reporting. For more information see the Call for proposals.


The deadline for submission of project proposals is Thursday 9 May 2019,  14:00h CE(S)T.

Apply or find more information at the NWO Technology for Oncology II website (English of Dutch).