About NWO

Mission and vision

NWO is committed to a strong science system in the Netherlands, in the belief that scientific research contributes to our prosperity and wellbeing.


For the period 2019-2022 NWO has formulated five ambitions to achieve its objectives.

What does NWO do?

As a national research organisation with an active contribution to various parts of the national science and innovation policies, NWO plays different roles: financing, programming, bringing together, supporting and influencing.

Funding lines

NWO will provide a limited palette of funding instruments with a clear number of modules.


NWO is an independent administrative body with statutory powers and duties. A total of 2,500 people work at NWO and about 1,400 of them are research personnel employed at the NWO Institutes. The Executive Board is responsible for the entire organisation.

Working at NWO

Overview of current vacancies, information about conditions of employment, and interviews with staff.


Information for researchers, press information, house style, NWO publications and the annual report.