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Important Update on the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA)

20 March 2019

In March NWO released several calls centering around the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA). This includes a new round of financing for the NWA Research Along the Routes call (NWA-ORC), but also includes two new initiatives: the Idea Generator and a Thematic Call.

NWA Research Along the Routes (NWA-ORC)

deadline for submitting your idea: 9 May 2019

Last year NWO launched their first NWA-ORC call, and many researchers have setup consortia and submitted proposals. These proposals are still under evaluation, but in the meantime NWO has published a second call. This new call includes a number of important changes to the rules. 

Major changes in the application procedure will have significant impact on applicants:

  • Prior to submitting a pre-proposal, your initiative needs to be announced publically on the NWO website before 9 May. 
  • The focus of the evaluation criteria of the pre-proposal is on the suitability of the consortium to perform research that is interdisciplinary and involves the entire knowledge chain.
  • The advice received on your pre-proposal by the evaluators will be binding.
  • The pre-proposal will need approval by the Executive Board of the main applicants’ institution. Leiden university will develop an internal procedure for this.

In the research funding calendar you will find a factsheet about the NWA-ORC call with a summary of all changes compared to last year's call. NWO is organizing a webinar about this call on 28 March 2019.

Need individual support?

During drop-in sessions Luris will review your NWA ideas and can also help you with submitting your initiative. Development of pre and full proposals will be arranged on a one-on-one basis.

Register for the drop-in sessions

New: Idea generator

(deadline: 2 May 2019)

The idea generator call provides €50.000 to researchers at any stage of their career to do early stage groundbreaking research for one year. 

More information on Dutch National Research Agenda - Idea Generator (NWA-IDG)

New: Thematic calls

first deadline: 23 April 2019

During the year NWO will launch several thematic NWA calls funded directly by the different government ministries. The first of these themed calls ‘Debt and Poverty’ has been launched in collaboration with ZonMw. Consortia with co-financing can apply for a maximum amount of 1.1 mil per project for three years. Future themed calls to be announced during the year will be: Big data and prevention, Cybersecurity, Sustainable food transition, Ecology and the North Sea, Storage and Conversion (Energy) & Archeology.

More information on Dutch National Research Agenda - Thematic programme - Theme: Debt and Poverty

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