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NWO has launched the first funding round for the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) programme. The programme encourages broad-based multidisciplinary consortia to submit research proposals that are compatible with one or more of the 25 NWA routes.

Investing in innovative and socially-relevant research via the 25 routes of the Dutch National Science Agenda will make it possible to develop knowledge that will lead to scientific and social breakthroughs. The evaluation of the research proposals will focus on the involvement of the entire knowledge chain, from universities of applied sciences, universities, university medical centres, TO2 institutes and government knowledge institutes to societal partners (public and private). Proposals can be submitted in three ranges: €500,000 to €2 million, €2 million to €5 million and €5 million to €10 million. The deadline for preliminary proposals is 11 September 2018.

Funding for matchmaking events

In order to create (new) consortia spanning the entire knowledge chain for the NWO routes and develop proposals for innovative research, NWO is making funds available to organise matchmaking events. Applicants can request an amount of no more than €10,000 per initiative. Requests can be submitted any time in 2018 and 2019.