Food, Cognition and Behaviour

The Food, Cognition and Behaviour funding instrument is intended for research into interactions between nutrition and humans: about healthy choices and healthy eating behaviour, and about the effects of nutrition on cognitive health. By the end of November 2013 NWO opens the second Food, Cognition and Behaviour call for applications.


Research into the interaction between nutrition and humans meets a need for such knowledge from industry and society. It also fits within the theme health of the Top Sector Agri & Food. NWO is therefore encouraging fundamental and precompetitive research in this area.

In close consultation with industrial parties and scientific partners two themes have been formulated for this funding round:

·         The social, psychological, biological and neurocognitive mechanisms of food choice and eating behaviour;

·         Mechanisms underlying the short- and long-term effects of food (ingredients) on cognitive development, cognitive health and cognitive performance.

The research must be realised within a public-private partnership: financial contributions (matching) are therefore required form public and/or private parties.

Project idea

Submitting a project idea before submitting an application is obligatory. The (intended) main applicant but also public and private parties are allowed to submit a project idea. 

Who can apply

A principal applicant submits the application on behalf of the project consortium. The principal applicant must be a researcher at a Dutch university or a research institute recognised by NWO. The principal applicant must hold a PhD and have an employment contract for at least the duration of the application process and the research for which funding is requested.

What to apply for

Funding can be requested for two types of projects so that the desired form of collaboration between entrepreneurs and researchers can be realised.

Small project

A small project has a duration of between 6 and 18 months. The maximum grant that can be applied for is 100,000 euros.

Large project

A large project has a duration of at least 2 years and at most 5 years. A grant of between 250,000 euros and 1 million euros can be applied for.

In this funding round a researcher may submit no more than two applications and only be the principal applicant in one of these.

When to apply

The closing date for submitting project ideas was 20 May 2014, 11.59 hours (CET + 01:00).


Full applications can be submitted from February 2014. The closing date for submitting applications was 23 June 2014, 11.59 hours (CET + 01:00).



NWO appoints an independent selection committee to assess both the large and small projects.

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Grant type



Closed for application


23 June 2014 11:59


3 mln euros


Thematisch onderzoek Agro Food & tuinbouw

NWO division

Earth and Life Sciences Social Sciences National Initiative Brain & Cognition ZonMw


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