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Impact of COVID-19 on research funding procedures

As with other aspects of research, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on research funding procedures. There have been changes to these procedures at both the national and the European level. Here we list the consequences for each phase of the funding process.

Latest update on 30 April

Upcoming deadlines


All financing rounds with an upcoming deadline will be postponed by two months. All rounds that have not opened yet will also be postponed by two months. This applies at least to all rounds with a starting date before 1 July. 

NWO has made major changes to its Talent Scheme, which means:

  • The deadline for the Rubicon has been moved from 31 March to 12 May and the second and third round will be combined and will have a deadline of 1 December 2020
  • The deadline for Veni preproposals has been moved from September 2020 to January 2021
  • The deadline for the Vidi will remain the same, but there will be overlap between the 2019 and 2020 rounds.
  • The deadline for the Vici was moved to 30 April 2020.

For more information on these changes and their repercussions see the NWO website.

European Commission

All deadlines between 17 March and 15 April have been postponed. New deadlines will be announced per call. Please see the European Commission’s Funding & Tenders portal for the latest updates.

Evaluation of applications


Evaluation rounds that are already in progress will proceed as planned if no interaction is needed with applicants.

Scheduled interviews have been postponed. NWO is now able to hold interviews remotely and will inform applicants as soon as possible of the new date of their interview.

NWO has made major changes to the Talent Scheme, which means:

  • Veni interviews have been moved to September 2020.
  • Vidi interviews have been moved to September 2020. This will cause an overlap between the 2019 and 2020 rounds. For more information see the NWO website.

The response time for rebuttals has been doubled.

European Commission

As yet, no changes have been made to the European Commission’s evaluation of applications. 

Grant & consortium agreement procedures


The NWO’s procedures will continue as usual. This is with the exception of complex calls that require consortia or cofinancing. Such calls will be postponed until one month after the government’s social distancing measures have been lifted.

European Commission

The European Commission procedures will also continue as usual. The European Commission will handle requests for an extension on a case by case basis.



The deadlines for reporting on running projects have been postponed by four months. Projects may still not start without the appropriate paperwork in place. 

European Commission

You may enact the ‘Force Majeure’ clause in your contract to suspend your project temporarily. The University is looking into what repercussions this will have on research projects. Please contact LURIS if you have questions about this.

More information

For more information, please see the NWO’s corona response page or the European Commission’s FAQ pages on COVID-19.

For an overview of the latest changes, please see the LURIS Research Funding SharePoint environment.

Other questions?

If you have any other questions, please see our Remote Research FAQs or contact the Luris Research Development team by sending an email to grants@luris.nl or contacting one of the grant developers directly. If you have any financial questions about your project, please contact your project controller/account manager within the faculty.

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