Free Competition

The Free Competition of the NWO Chemical Sciences consists of TOP and ECHO grants, complemented by additional funds through the Sector physics and chemistry in the years 2011-2016.

The TOP Grants Chemical Sciences programme strengthens or renews lines of research from excellent research groups. New lines of research can be pursued or new partnerships entered into. These groups can do groundbreaking new research for a maximum of six years. ECHO grants offer excellent researchers in chemistry the opportunity to carry out high-quality curiosity-driven research. 

TOP and ECHO grants stimulate research in main research areas:

  • Chemistry of Life
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Chemical Conversion

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Budget available for the TOP/ECHO 2018

TOP- and ECHO grant applications can be submitted at any time between Mid November 2017 and May 1, 2018, 14:00 CEST. It is expected that multiple assessment rounds will be initiated before May 1, 2018.

For the TOP/ECHO call 2018, the total budget available for granting of TOP and ECHO proposals is approximately 7.1 million euro. This is similar to the TOP/ECHO call 2017.

Open competition across NWO Domain Science to start in 2018

From 1 August 2018 onwards, researchers will be able to submit proposals for two new funding instruments of the NWO Domain Science. Within this open competition there will soon be two domain-wide instruments for innovative and curiosity-driven fundamental research: one instrument for small-scale projects and investments and one for large-scale projects.

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