Researchers from all disciplines can submit proposals for application-oriented technical-scientific research via the Open Technology Programme. The goal of this programme is to realise knowledge transfer between technical sciences and users. For companies and partners it offers a low-threshold way to connect with application-oriented research. This can be done by making a financial or material contribution.
Changes Open Technology Programme 2020 due to Covid-19
NWO acts in accordance with the measures that the Dutch government takes in tackling the Covid-19. At the same time, NWO always wants to satisfy its basic principles that (1) all candidates receive the same opportunity to submit their applications, and that (2) applications are assessed correctly. NWO is therefore making changes to the current funding rounds; the information that is known to date about the prevailing measures form the basis for this. If measures are changed or extended, then the changes in the funding rounds will be reconsidered.
For Open Technology Programme 2020 the following applies:
- all existing deadlines are kept unchanged.
For more detailed information and the general guideline about changes in funding rounds, please see https://www.nwo.nl/en/common/about-nwo/corona-virus/corona-virus.
These changes are provisional; as soon as changes in this funding round become definite, the information on the grant page will be changed accordingly.
The Open Technology Programme focuses on technical-scientific research and is characterised by the absence of disciplinary boundaries. The Open Technology Programme aims to realise knowledge transfer between technical sciences and users, which is in line with the mission of the NWO domain Applied and Engineering Sciences. Research applications are tested on both scientific quality and the utilisation perspective. Both criteria are given equal weight in the decision-making process.
Who can apply
Researchers from the following research institutes can submit applications:
- Dutch universities (or similar positions at the university medical centers);
- KNAW and NWO institutes;
- the Netherlands Cancer Institute;
- the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen;
- researchers from the DUBBLE Beamline at the ESRF in Grenoble;
- Naturalis Biodiversity Center;
- Advanced Research Center for NanoLithography (ARCNL);
- Princess Máxima Center.
For companies and partners, the Open Technology Programme offers a low-threshold way to connect with application-oriented research. This can be done by making a financial or material contribution. Several companies and partners can participate per project.
What to apply for
For each project, the NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences contributes a maximum of 850,000 euros (including VAT). For projects with an investment character (> 150,000 euros in equipment), this contribution is a maximum of 1 million euros (including VAT).
The budget modules available within this call for proposals are material costs, investments, knowledge utilisation, internationalisation and money follows cooperation.
The maximum duration of projects within the Open Technology Programme is six years.
When to apply
The submission of research proposals within the Open Technology Programme is possible throughout the year. If the grant ceiling is expected to be reached before 31 December 2020, the period open at that time will be closed.
Research applications are tested on both scientific quality and the utilisation perspective. Both criteria weigh equally in decision making. If the total project costs are higher than 600,000 euros, a contribution to the project costs (co-financing) by (one) user(s) is obligatory and 25% of the excess above 600,000 euros. The maximum duration per project is 6 years. For every project, setting up a user committee.
Research applications must comply with NWO’s requirements regarding data management. Researchers who use genetic resources in/from abroad for their research should inform themselves about the Nagoya Protocol.