Today NWO launched the first funding round for the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) programme. The programme encourages broad-based multidisciplinary consortia to submit research proposals that are compatible with one or more of the 25 NWA routes. The research focuses on the entire chain of fundamental, applied and practical research. An amount of 52.2 million euros has been set aside for this funding round. The deadline for preliminary proposals is 11 September 2018.
Investing in innovative and socially-relevant research via the 25 routes of the Dutch National Science Agenda will make it possible to develop knowledge that will lead to scientific and social breakthroughs. The evaluation of the research proposals will focus on the involvement of the entire knowledge chain, from universities of applied sciences, universities, university medical centres, TO2 institutes and government knowledge institutes to societal partners (public and private). Proposals can be submitted in three ranges: 500,000 to 2 million euros, 2 million to 5 million euros and 5 million to 10 million euros.
Funding for matchmaking events
In order to create (new) consortia spanning the entire knowledge chain for the NWO routes and develop proposals for innovative research, NWO is making funds available to organise matchmaking events. Applicants can request an amount of no more than 10,000 euros per initiative. Requests can be submitted any time in 2018 and 2019.
Additional investments in research and innovation
An additional structural investment for fundamental and applied research was announced in the coalition agreement. Some of these additional funds have been earmarked for the Dutch National Research Agenda: in 2018, an additional 70 million has been made available, which will increase to 108 million euros in 2019 and 130 million euros from 2020 onwards. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has asked NWO to set up a research programme for the NWA.
In late June, NWO will be organising a webinar on the first NWA funding round. The announcement of this webinar will be published on the website.