NWO – Maritime High-tech

The NWO call ‘Maritime High-tech’ is part of the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) 2020-2023. Taking the multiple roles of the Dutch seas as a source of raw materials, energy production, and (global) transport as its starting point, the call is directed towards finding solutions to the safety issues that impact all of these areas.

Projects should contribute to a well-functioning maritime safety chain for the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Coastguard, specifically through maritime high-tech solutions that strengthen smart operations and concepts. These include unmanned and autonomous resources, modern sensors, mission management systems and effectors, but also smart ship and submarine design. The latter aspect includes zero-emission naval vessels, mitigation for CBRNe1 threats, new materials, low hydrodynamic resistance, shock resistance, and a low acoustic signature. In short, high-tech solutions for a safe and flourishing maritime sector.


  • Projects have a maximum duration of six years.
  • Projects must be in line with the overarching objectives of the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda (KIA) 2020-2023 Security.

Who Can Apply?

  • This call is intended for interdisciplinary consortia, consisting of knowledge institutions, public and private partners.
  • All consortia must have at least two co-financiers. In addition, there may be one or more cooperation partners.

Eligible Costs

  • The total budget comprises € 3 million.
  • € 750,000 and max. € 3 million per project.
  • The maximum grant percentage is 85% of the total project size.
  • At least 15% of the funding must be co-financing (see above). This can be either in-cash or in-kind, and at least 50% must come from the private sector.
  • Eligible costs comprise the following modules:
    • Personnel costs;
    • Material costs;
    • Investments;
    • Knowledge utilisation;
    • Internationalisation;
    • Money follows Cooperation;
    • Project management


The application procedure takes place in two stages, with the following deadlines:

  • Concept notes: 22 April 2021.
  • Full applications: 26 August 2021.


Projects are assessed via the following 4 criteria:

  • Problem identification and analysis (contribution to solutions; 20% of the evaluation);
  • Expected impact and route to impact (20%);
  • Quality of the consortium (30%);
  • Quality of the research (30%).

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