In the Talent Scheme, there will no longer be a separate committee for cross-domain proposals. In future rounds of Vici and Vidi (call opens 2019) and Veni (call opens 2020), NWO will assess all proposals, including the cross-domain proposals, within the domains Science, SSH and AES. That also applies to proposals within ZonMw.
Before the formation of the new NWO, in 2017, project proposals in the Talent Scheme were assessed in nine scientific divisions. All applicants who submitted a proposal with a clear background in at least two divisions could submit their proposal to a cross-disciplinary committee. In the new NWO, assessment takes place within the strongly broadened organisational units, and so there are fewer cross-domain proposals. In addition, all evaluation committees in these broader domains have since then acquired knowledge of and experience with the assessment of multidisciplinary research proposals. Therefore a separate committee is no longer needed in the opinion of NWO's executive board.
NWO will take measures that contribute to an honest, comparable and transparent way of assessing multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary proposals. These measures will ensure the same chances of being awarded funding as when the former cross-domain committee assessed the proposals. The measures will cover the entire application and assessment process. They will range from precise instructions for assessment committee members about assessing cross-domain proposals to using external reviewers from the domains the proposal is linked to. Where possible, NWO will involve members from the disbanded cross-domain committees in the domain committees.