Objectives 2011-2014

Objectives 2011-2014

In the period 2011-2014, NWO designated six objectives for its science policy, emanating from the strategy. These priorities were the key areas NWO focused on during this period.

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I. Investing in talent and curiosity-driven research

Individual grants for scientific talent and non-programmed funding to provide opportunities for innovative ideas.


II. Collaboration in themes

In consultation with the scientific field, government, civil society organisations and industry, NWO identified major social issues for the period 2011-2014 as research themes. These are: Agro, Food and Horticulture, Connecting Sustainable Cities, Creative Industry, Cultural and Societal Dynamics, Healthy Living, High Tech Systems and Materials, Materials: Solutions for Scarcity, Sustainable Energy, and Water and Climate.

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III. Facilitating knowledge utilisation

NWO defines knowledge utilisation as: Knowledge utilisation is a process that facilitates the use of scientific knowledge outside of academia and/or by other scientific disciplines. The process often requires interaction between the researcher and the intended knowledge user, and this contact can take place in all phases of the research: from formulating the research question through to disseminating the research results.

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IV. International Collaboration

NWO facilitates international cooperation to increase the attractiveness and competitive position of Dutch science.

Funding instruments supporting ambitions 2011-2014


V. Making high-quality facilities accessible

Some forms of research require a supercomputer, a particle accelerator, a unique telescope, or a vast database of research data. NWO offers scientists access to such high-quality facilities, which are usually too expensive for a single university.

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VI. National research institutes

NWO-I, the Institutes Organisation of NWO, works closely with the NWO domains and encompasses the former FOM institutes AMOLF, DIFFER and Nikhef, research centre ARCNL and the over 200 university workgroups from the former FOM projects. In 2018, the other NWO institutes ASTRON, CWI, NIOZ, NSCR and SRON merged with NWO-I.

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