Research groups at Dutch universities can call on the Dutch organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) or one of its derivatives, such as the Technology Foundation STW, ZonMw and the foundation for Fundamental Research of Matter (FOM).
NWO offers financing for scientific research. NWO focuses on five areas: free research and talent, thematic research and public-private cooperation, major research facilities and national research institutes. NWO has several financing instruments, which can be of a generic nature or specifically focused on certain themes.
The goal of the Technology Foundation STW is to bring scientists and end users together to promote knowledge transfer between the two. STW projects therefore stand out because of their combination of scientific excellence and the creation of applied knowledge (utilisation). For STW projects, universities work closely together with businesses and possibly other users of the research results.
Using a variety of grant programmes, ZonMw stimulates health research and healthcare innovation within the total innovation cycle: from fundamental research up to the implementation of new treatments, preventative interventions or improvements to the structure of the healthcare sector.
Target audiences of NWO, STW and ZonMw
NWO, STW and ZonMw offer financing for research. This includes wage costs for PhD candidates and postdocs, but also e.g. consumables and equipment. Furthermore, ZonMw offers grants to healthcare institutes and practices. In certain cases, private parties act as co-funders.
Conditions, characteristics and figures
- Financing for scientific research at Dutch universities and NOW-accredited research institutes (ASTRON, CWI, NIOZ, NSCR, SRON, AMOLF, DIFFER and Nikhef)
- Support for temporary research positions, including PhD candidates, AIOs, PhD students and postdocs, consumables, equipment and infrastructure
- Financing of practical and applied research, conducted by and/or in cooperation with healthcare institutes and practices, often in the form of consortiums (ZonMw).
- Regulations and conditions differ per instrument and per programme.
Examples of projects subsidised with NWO, STW and ZonMw
ZonMw programme: Voluntary commitment for and by youth and family.
Projecttitle: The Turkish and Moroccan large family must be tackled: upbringing, growing up, health and integration.
NWO – Crossover
Research, aimed at social challenges and in public-private partnerships, is eligible for funding by NWO. This Crossover call is open to all scientific disciplines.
NWO – Large
NWO-Large is intended for investments in highly advanced equipment or data collections. These investments must be of national and international importance and fit in well with the facilities/clusters of the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure.
NWO – Nationale Wetenschapsagenda
The National Science Agenda (NWA) comprises 12,000 questions that the Dutch population has put to science, summarised in 140 cluster questions. With the help of experts from knowledge institutions, social organizations and the business community, these questions were then elaborated into 25 researchable themes, so-called routes.
NWO – Open Competition
The Open Competition is a funding instrument intended for free research without thematic preconditions for experienced researchers who no longer qualify for the Renewal Impulse.
NWO – Rubicon
After getting your PhD there is Rubicon to help you gain valuable research experience at a foreign top institute of your own choosing.
NWO – TTW Open Technology Program (OTP)
The aim of the NWO – TTW – OTP programme is to stimulate application-oriented scientific research, i.e. projects that combine excellent science with concrete application possibilities of the results.
NWO – TTW Partnership
With the NWO – TTW Partnership, companies and organizations can submit a research question to the Dutch universities. With this, NWO wants to stimulate application-oriented scientific research: research that excels and offers concrete application possibilities.
NWO – TTW Perspectief
The aim of the Perspective program is to stimulate application-oriented scientific research. Evers + Manders will be happy to help you with your application.
NWO – Vernieuwingsimpuls (Innovation Impulse)
The aim of the Innovation Impulse is to promote the development and flow of talented researchers.
NWO WOTRO – Urbanising Deltas of the World
The aim of NWO’s Urbanising Deltas of the World (UDW) programme is to contribute to water safety, food security and the sustainable economic development of urbanising deltas worldwide, by finding more effective and efficient responses to the challenges and changes in these areas.
ZonMw – Good Use of Medicines
The instrument Good Use of Medicines is a structural program that aims to optimize the use of medicine and associated health care.
ZonMw – TOP
The TOP-grant is intended for research groups that aim to set up innovative and excellent research lines and collaborations.
ZonMw – Topspecialistic Care and Research (TZO)
The ZonMw program Topspecialistic Care and Research (TZO: Topspecialistische Zorg en Onderzoek) aims to improve topspecialistic care for patients with specific conditions and combine this care with applied clinical scientific research and education.