The NWO grant programme Key Technologies finances fundamental and application-oriented research into innovative and ground-breaking technologies within the following 8 clusters:
- Chemical Technologies;
- Digital Technologies;
- Engineering and Fabrication Technologies;
- Photonics and Light Technologies;
- Advanced Materials;
- Quantum Technologies;
- Life Science Technologies;
The programme has the following four main objectives:
- To develop scientific excellence and resultant technologies of relevance to business and society via a multidisciplinary approach;
- Building intensive and lasting collaborative relationships between knowledge institutions, businesses, and civil society organisations;
- Increased coherence in research into thematic areas and key technologies that are relevant to the Netherlands in order to enhance the competitive position of Dutch industry and knowledge infrastructure; and
- Promote the valorisation of the developed knowledge by (end) users.
The total budget comprises €11 million. As indicated below, the application procedure takes place via 3 stages.
- Maximum duration of 6 years.
Who Can Apply?
- 1 main applicant + 1 or multiple co-applicants.
- At least 2 co-financiers.
- Knowledge institutes, private and/or public partners.
- €750,000 and max. €2.5 million per project.
- Max. 70% of the project costs are eligible (the remaining 30% should be co-financed).
- The following financing modules are available:
- Personnel costs;
- Material costs;
- Knowledge utilisation;
- Money follows Cooperation;
- Project management.
The application takes place in 3 stages: First, a form must be completed, in the form of an appropriateness statement. This will be used to determine whether the project is eligible for a pre-proposal. Subsequently, this is followed by a full application. The following deadlines apply:
- Appropriateness statement: 10 November 2020, 14:00.
- Pre-proposal: 19 January 2021, 14:00.
- Full applications: 18 May 2021, 14:00.
For both pre-proposals and full applications, the following 3 evaluation criteria apply:
- Quality of the research
- Quality of the consortium
- Scientific/societal impact.
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