NWO – Large


NWO-Large is meant for investments in highly advanced equipment or data collections. These investments need to be of (inter)national interest and connect to facilities/clusters of the National Roadmap Large-scale Research Infrastructure.


  • Minimally €1,000,000 for social sciences and humanities, minimally €1,500,000 for all other sciences
  • The involved institution should contribute at least 25% of the total amount
  • Proposals should be approved by the highest management of a Dutch knowledge institution
  • (Open) declaration of intent is followed by a complete application

What can be applied for?

  • Costs for investments in scientific equipment
  • Costs for investments in datasets
  • Possible personnel costs for installation or development


  • Open Access publications
  • Sound datamanagement
  • Deposing research data at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) or in a comparable platform to make it freely available. For genetic data, the Nagoya protocol needs to be followed
  • Ethical approval should be obtained
  • Scientific integrity should follow the Dutch Code of Conduct for Research Integrity


  • Scientific quality
  • Scientific and/or societal impact
  • Technical, financial, and organisational aspects

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This fact sheet aims to provide a quick overview of the objectives, structure and conditions of this grant agreement. No conclusions can be drawn on the basis of this information. Moreover, this document has no legal status.

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