NWO funds and stimulates eminent scientific research in the field of physics.

Physics is part of the NWO Domain Science (ENW). The Physics Roundtable is an important advisory body for the NWO Domain Science Board. The working field of physics is divided into subareas that are represented by five research communities.

The working field covers research into the physics of life, subatomic physics, nanophysics/nanotechnology, condensed matter and optical physics, physics of life processes, fusion physics, phenomenological physics, and other physics. The research must provide answers to societal challenges such as a better understanding of processes in the cell, the development of clean energy sources, new classes of materials, and new ICT technology such as the quantum computer.

Stimulating and facilitating Dutch physics requires a strong connection with researchers, public partners and private partners in the field, for example through the organisation of the annual physics congress Physics@Veldhoven, the annual biophysics Congress Dutch Biophysics and the annual event Physics with Industry. A good connection with other organisational units of NWO and knowledge institutions is also vital. NWO supports the Council for Physics and Chemistry, TKI HTSM and provides the office facilities for the Platform Academische Natuurkunde. In addition, NWO provides a secretary for the top sectors Energy, Chemistry and HTSM.

NWO stimulates collaborations and strategic programmes within several top sectors that are relevant for physics and that align with the Dutch Research Agenda (Dutch acronym NWA). NWO is also involved in national and international developments and puts research on the European and global agendas, for example via European Research Area networks.

Tanja Kulkens is the head of the Chemistry and Physics Team.