Mission and vision

NWO's mission is to advance world-class scientific research that has scientific and societal impact. NWO approaches that from its vision of being a connector and is guided by its core values: groundbreaking, committed, reliable, and connecting. For the coming strategic period, NWO has established five ambitions along which the mission will be shaped.

Vision: connecting role

NWO facilitates excellent, curiosity-driven disciplinary, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. In this role, NWO focuses on all scientific disciplines and on the entire knowledge chain with an emphasis on fundamental research. NWO connects researchers from various disciplines and across the entire knowledge chain and brings researchers and societal partners together. NWO funds the personnel and material cost for scientific research and knowledge exchange and impact activities of Dutch universities and public research institutes. NWO invites partners from industry, the government and societal organisations to contribute with their own knowledge agendas and questions to the programming, realisation and co-funding of research.

Core values

NWO operates with the following core values that are vital for realising its ambitions:

  • Groundbreaking
    NWO pioneers and explores the boundaries of existing knowledge, applications and processes.
  • Committed
    NWO anticipates developments in science and in society.
  • Reliable
    NWO keeps its promises, is honest, transparent and meticulous.
  • Connecting
    NWO has an open attitude and connects actors, expertise and agendas.

NWO: flexible, more effective and more focussed on collaboration

For the period 2019-2022, NWO has formulated five ambitions along which its mission will be shaped.  NWO works on the basis of the core values: groundbreaking, committed, reliable and connecting.