NWO will no longer use its own funds to enter into new financial obligations for joint calls via ERA-NETs and JPIs. ZonMw will continue to co-fund JPIs en ERA-NETs.
The main reason for this is that NWO focusses on new forms of international collaboration in its new strategic plan (2019-2022). For example, via the principle of Money Follows Cooperation, NWO will remove the boundaries and facilitate bottom-up international collaboration in all the research it funds. NWO is holding talks with other funders about mutually implementing this principle.
NWO will continue to collaborate with sister organisations in the relevant international networks of research funders. Furthermore, NWO can realise programmes in international contexts, such as those commissioned by government ministries. In the coming period, NWO will continue to use its own funds to participate in the various transnational calls in ERA-NETs and JPIs that it has already committed itself to with collaborative partners in the Netherlands and sister organisations.
ZonMw will continue to fund ERA-NETs and JPIs. All four health-related JPIs and many of the ERA-NETs are realised by ZonMw with funding from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and sometimes in conjunction with other ministries such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment or other parties such as the health funds. Therefore nothing will change for these JPIs and for (future) ERA-NETs with a link to subjects where ZonMw has a (commissioned) relationship with a government ministry.