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Research Funding

Smaller funds

There are many funding organisations that offer smaller grants for research projects, fellowships, funds to facilitate international collaboration or that provide financial support for the organisation of conferences and workshops.

  • AXA Research Fund

    The mission of the AXA Research Fund is to support academic institutions hosting outstanding researchers committed to improving people’s life by carrying out cutting-edge and innovative research dealing with global societal challenges related to environment, health, new technologies, and socio-economics.

    AXA chairs

    The AXA chairs programme aims at creating a dedicated full-time senior academic position in an institution, supporting a significant acceleration in the development of a research field, and fostering a step-change in the career of the appointed AXA Professor. Institutions may apply for either an established AXA Permanent Chair position to be held on a long-term basis by a single Chair holder, or an AXA Successional Chair program where the award will support a series of temporary consecutive appointments.

    AXA Future research leader fellowships

    Future research leader fellowships aim at supporting young promising researchers on a priority topic aligned with AXA and the Society.

  • EMBO - Excellence in the life sciences

    The major goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

    EMBO Short-Term Fellowships

    EMBO Short-Term Fellowships fund research exchanges of up to three months between laboratories in eligible countries. The aim is to facilitate valuable collaborations with research groups applying techniques that are unavailable in the applicant's laboratory.

    EMBO Long-Term Fellowships

    EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key feature in the application process. 

    EMBO Young Investigators

    EMBO Young Investigators are group leaders in the early stages of setting up an independent laboratory in EMBC Member or Associate Member States. They receive financial and practical support for a period of three years to help them develop skills and connections that will help them during this career stage.

    EMBO Courses & Workshops

    The EMBO Courses and Workshops programme provides funding and support for life scientists to organize meetings. Funding is available for conferences, symposia, workshops, lecture courses and practical courses, as well as for keynote lectures.

  • Fulbright Center

    Fulbright scholarships for PhD students

    Every year the Fulbright Center makes a number of scholarships available for PhD students at Dutch universities or research institutes. The scholarship is meant for conducting research or following specialized courses at an American university for a minimum period of three and a maximum of six months. The scholarship amounts to $1,000 per month. The award takes place on the basis of an advice from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The board of the Fulbright Center awards the scholarship.

    Fulbright scholarships for researchers

    The Fulbright Center makes a maximum of two scholarships available annually for scientists employed by universities and research institutes in the Netherlands to lecture, possibly in combination with research, at an American university. The scholarship amounts to a maximum of $13,000 for senior scientists (more than six years of relevant employment experience) and a maximum of $9,000 for junior scientists (less than six years of relevant employment experience). The minimum stay in the US must be three months.

  • Humboldt Foundation

    The Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.

    Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

    Humboldt Research Fellowships for Experienced Researchers allow researchers to carry out long-term research (6-18 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host. The fellowship is flexible and can be divided up into as many as three stays within three years. Eligible researchers have completed their doctorate less than twelve years ago, already have their own research profile and are working at least at the level of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Group Leader or have a record of several years of independent academic work.

    Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

    Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers allow researchers to carry out long-term research (6-24 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host. Eligible researchers are at the beginning of their academic career and have completed their doctorate in the last four years.

  • NIAS-Lorentz programme

    The NIAS-Lorentz programme is a collaboration between NIAS and the Lorentz Center. The program promotes cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that brings together perspectives from the humanities and/or social sciences with the natural and/or technological sciences.

    Distinguished Lorentz Fellowhips

    The Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship is awarded annually to a leading researcher to work on cutting-edge research at the interface between the humanities and/or social sciences on the one hand and the natural and/or technological sciences on the other. Distinguished Lorentz Fellows are nominated by prominent figures from within the Dutch academic community.

    NIAS-Lorentz Workshops
     

    • NIAS-Lorentz Workshops for research that bridges the divide between humanities and/or social sciences and the natural and/or technological sciences
    • SSH Workshops, which only significantly involve disciplines from the humanities and/or social sciences, whether interdisciplinary or monodisciplinary research

    The aim of the NIAS-Lorentz Workshops is to produce cutting-edge research through open and informal discussions and stimulating collaboration. Within this framework, workshop organizers are free to decide which format will work best for their needs and their particular project.

    NIAS-Lorentz Theme Groups

    NIAS-Lorentz Theme Groups are international groups of either three or five researchers including the coordinator. All members hold fellowships at NIAS, providing them the opportunity to work as a team and engage in the kind of intensive interdisciplinary collaboration that is often difficult to realize in a regular academic setting. They specifically work as a group on cutting-edge research that bridges the divide between the humanities and/or social sciences and the natural and/or technological sciences.

  • UK Global Professorships

    The Global Professorship programme is supported under the UK Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund. It aims to demonstrate and further enhance the UK’s commitment to international research partnerships and collaboration as well as strengthen the UK’s research capacity and capability in the humanities and the social sciences.

    Aim

    Up to 10 Global Professorships each year will be offered during the course of the programme (which will run for three years in the first instance). Each award will provide funding for four years to an outstanding international researcher, not currently working in the United Kingdom, to bring their research experience to the UK. The purpose of the Global Professorships is to enable world-class scholars to further their individual research goals while strengthening the UK research base and advancing the research goals and strategies of their UK host universities.

    Eligibility

    Suitable candidates for the Global Professorships include internationally-recognised mid-career to senior researchers active in any field within the social sciences or the humanities who are currently employed outside the UK. The applicant must either be in a permanent (full-time or part-time) position at their home institution overseas or have a fixed-term position for the duration of the Global Professorship. Applicants must be available to take up a long-term secondment or employment at an eligible UK university or research institution.

  • Volkswagen Foundation

    The Volkswagen Foundation is dedicated to the support of the humanities and social sciences as well as science and technology in higher education and research. It funds research projects in path-breaking areas and provides assistance to academic institutions for the improvement of the structural conditions for their work. In particular, the Foundation perceives its mission in supporting aspiring young academics and in promoting interdisciplinary and international collaboration. The Foundation focuses its funding activities on selected initiatives. By means of these initiatives, it endeavors to provide effective stimuli for research and to establish forward-looking topics.

    Lichtenberg Endowed Professorships

    Lichtenberg Endowed Professorships help universities attract outstanding scholars and scientists from innovative, seminal and risk-prone fields of research. Each professorship will be endowed with capital totaling at least five million euro, three million euro of which must be guaranteed by the host university through fundraising. Eligible for funding are highly qualified researchers of all disciplines and nationalities who, together with the target university in Germany, are in international comparison among the leaders in their respective fields of research.

    Freigeist Fellowships

    The 'Freigeist' scheme is deliberately left open to all disciplines and topics. The main focus is on junior researchers (up to 4 years of postdoctoral experience) working at the borders of neighbouring fields or disciplines. The 'Freigeist' initiative offers freedom for creative thinking, whilst at the same time providing security for at least 5 years and in the long run the opportunity to establish a career within a scientific research organization or university in Germany.

  • Grand Challenges

    Grand Challenges are a family of initiatives launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that foster innovation to solve key global health and development problems. Each initiative is an experiment in the use of challenges to focus innovation on making an impact.

  • NWO - international collaboration

    NWO Visitors Travel Grant

    Researchers in the Netherlands can apply for a visitor's grant for highly qualified senior researchers from abroad who hold a PhD. With this grant these researchers can stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of four months. A visitor's grant is intended for the visit of a foreign researcher who makes an important contribution to an ongoing Dutch research project. The aim of the visitor’s grants is to facilitate the cooperation between Dutch and foreign researchers. This increases the knowledge about Dutch research in other countries and strengthens the expertise at the Dutch research group.

    This permanent call will no longer continue in 2020, as NWO will then start a new Science for Diplomacy fund to c-organise activities with specific countries.

    NWO Cooperation China (NSFC)

    NWO has a cooperation agreement with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in Beijing. The programme aims to promote contact between Dutch and Chinese researchers in the natural sciences and execute joint research projects.

    NWO Cooperation Taiwan (MOST)

    NWO has a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (MOST; former NSC). The Cooperation Taiwan (MOST) programme is for Dutch researchers who want to cooperate with colleagues in Taiwan. It offers the opportunity of a short stay in Taiwan or a joint seminar in Taiwan or the Netherlands.

    NWO Cooperation Germany - von Humboldt Stiftung (VHS)

    Each year NWO makes two prizes available to senior German researchers who are nominated by Dutch researchers. The Von Humboldt Stiftung (VHS) in Bonn makes two prizes available for senior Dutch researchers. The aim of the research prizes is to encourage international collaboration between excellent researchers.

    NWO Physical Internet Travel Grant Programme

    The aim of the Physical Internet Travel Grant programme is to stimulate contacts between Dutch researchers and established foreign research institutes in order to facilitate knowledge exchange and development in the area of the Physical Internet and Interconnected Logistics. The programme offers the possibility to apply for a travel grant for a short work visit of two weeks at most, or a long visit of three to six months. With the travel grant, an allowance may be requested for international travel costs and/or local accommodation costs.

  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

    The Academy manages a few funding programmes supporting international research collaboration and visits, for example the Academy Medical Sciences Fund, Academy Ecology Fund and the Academy Fund for Behavioural Research.

    KNAW Descartes-Huygens Prize

    The Descartes-Huygens Prize is intended to (partially) cover the costs of a French researcher’s research residence in the Netherlands or a series of working visits by a French researcher to the Netherlands, or vice versa. If so desired, other activities regarding Franco-Dutch cooperation can be performed as well.

  • Van Gogh programme

    The Van Gogh programme promotes exchanges between researchers within specific research projects and annually supports around 40 researchers from France and about the same number of researchers from the Netherlands. The programme supports research projects focused on developing science. Often, these projects involve (fundamental) research within a specific field of expertise. This involves the research teams using each other's research facilities, unique collections and archives and specific research methods.

    Van Gogh grant holders are excellent researchers with an outstanding tenure track and international exposure. Prospective candidates include, among others, Veni, Vidi, Vici scholars, French and Dutch ERC scholars, Spinoza Prize winners, members of De Jonge Academie and their French counterparts. Preferably, the topics of the research projects are included in the EU's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation agenda. Active participation and mobility of young researchers, particularly PhD students and post docs, is an important condition. Preference is given to new (types of) research collaboration.