NWO – TTW Perspectief

NWO TTW Perspectief - onderzoeksprojecten

The objective of the Perspective program is to stimulate research that combines excellent science with concrete applications of the research results. Perspective is very similar to the Open Technology Programme (OTP), but focuses on research programmes rather than single projects. A programme is defined as a “coherent bundle of projects”. Calls for Perspective proposals may vary from year to year in terms of budget and conditions.

Target group

  • Consortia of scientific research groups and ‘users’. Users are technology providers (parties that translate the research results into products or services) and end-users.
  • Main applicant: researcher at a university, university medical centre, or NWO-recognised knowledge institution.
  • Co-applicant: a representative of one of the participating users.
  • Researchers who take part in the consortium may not have a zero appointment; in the case of a part-time appointment, the research organisation must provide a statement that the applicant has sufficient facilities and budget.


  • Scientific quality and use where both criteria have equal weight in the final assessment.
  • Because Perspective is a programme grant, the coherence of the projects in the programme is more important than in other schemes; the added value of implementing the projects as part of a programme must be made clear.
  • The research proposal must be in line with the knowledge and innovation agenda of at least one of the top sectors.


  • Budget 2020: €22 million
  • The maximum amount of the NWO contribution to a programme varies from call to call, but is typically in the order of 1,5 – 4 M€. The basic principle is that the NWO contribution per project will not exceed € 750,000.
  • 100% of the marginal costs of the participating research groups, i.e. costs of hiring temporary staff, consumed materials, foreign travel costs (maximum € 2000,–/year per FTE) and investments in equipment.
  • No subsidy can be obtained for permanent staff, with the exception of non-scientific staff with necessary and special expertise.
  • Standard NWO rates apply to personnel costs.


  • Cofinancing 30% of the total programme cost
  • Due to the financial position of many companies/organisations through COVID-19, no cash co-financing is required for the 2020/2021 round
  • The co-financing rate for TO2 institutions has been reduced from 50% to 30%

Intellectual property

Researchers and users can choose to have NWO act as a ‘broker’ in intellectual property (IP) matters or to make their own agreements. In the latter case, a signed cooperation agreement must be submitted to NWO within three months of the grant being awarded, in which the agreements concerning IP are laid down.


  • Phase 1

Deadline for programme initiative applications: Thursday 22 October 2020, 14.00 CEST

  • Phase 2

Deadline for submission of draft programme: Tuesday 15 December 2020, 14.00 CET

  • Phase 3

Deadline for submission of detailed programme proposal: Tuesday 15 June 2021, 14.00 CEST 


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

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