Strategy

‘Collaboration, connection and innovation’, implementation plan NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities

In April 2018, NWO published its new strategy for the period 2019-2022. With this implementation plan, the NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities provides a concrete realisation of the NWO strategy.


NWO Domain SSH shall shape its nexus role by seeking to establish good connections between researchers and between science and society. Such connections will be established to optimally position the social sciences and humanities within the Netherlands and beyond.

Main lines of funding

There will be five main lines of funding: the NWO Talent programme, the NWO Open Competition, the Dutch National Research Agenda, research in the context of the Knowledge and Innovation Contract (the “top sectors”) and the funds for large-scale infrastructure. It is mainly within these lines of funding that the SSH Domain will facilitate excellent research in the social sciences and humanities and ensure that this research has both a scientific and societal impact.

About the NWO strategy

The new strategy for the coming period 2019 to 2022, describes the five ambitions of NWO to facilitate the scientific and societal impact of Dutch research in the coming years:

  • Nexus role: connecting agendas, science and society
  • People: perspective for researchers
  • Research: collaboration for excellence and innovation
  • Infrastructure: accessible and sustainable scientific infrastructure
  • Knowledge sharing: effective use of knowledge through co-design and co-creation

Further information