15 March 2018
On 9 March 2018, the Minister for Education, Culture and Science announced in a Letter to Parliament that NWO would start the programme round for the Dutch National Research Agenda before the end of this year. In 2018, an extra 70 million euros will be made available for this, which will increase to 108 million euros in 2019 and 130 million euros from 2020. This is great news for science, but what exactly does it mean? Below we provide some initial answers to your questions about the programme currently under development.
What is the available budget?
The budget available from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is 70 million euros in 2018, 108 million euros in 2019 and 130 million euros in 2020. This is intended for fundamental, applied and practice-oriented research in order to involve the entire knowledge chain (see Letter to Parliament Detailed description of investments in science and research from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science dated 9 March 2018 – only available in Dutch).
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has made funding available to the TO2 institutes for basic funding and to participate in “the top sectors and where possible to connect with the Dutch National Research Agenda” (see Letter to Parliament Investments for applied research and innovation in 2018 from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy dated 26 February 2018 – only available in Dutch).
When will the research programme start?
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research is currently discussing the precise contents of the programme with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, other government departments, and partners from the Knowledge Coalition. The timeframe for realising the programme depends on when NWO receives a formal commission from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the criteria attached to this commission. It is expected that in the second half of April, NWO will be able to announce further details about the design of the Dutch National Research Agenda programme and the planning of the processes within it.
Who will be able to submit proposals?
It is still too early to be able to state exactly who will soon be able to submit proposals within the Dutch National Research Agenda programme. However, it is clear that via the 25 Dutch National Research Agenda routes, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science wants to encourage broadly composed consortia with a lifetime of several years to develop knowledge for scientific breakthroughs with respect to societal challenges. In this regard, there will be focus on the involvement of the entire knowledge chain, from universities of applied sciences, universities, university medical centres, TO2 institutes and government knowledge institutions through to societal partners (public and private).
Frequently asked questions
An overview with the aforementioned answers to questions about the NWO research programme for the Dutch National Research Agenda is available on the website of the Dutch National Research Agenda. These frequently asked questions will be regularly updated and expanded. If you have any other questions, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.