Research programmes

NWO research programmes such as Science4Arts, Creative Industry and PhD Research in the Arts are part of the theme Creative Industry. Below, you'll find the programmes and their funding instruments, awards and projects.

Current research programmes

The following programmes are in progress under the theme Creative Industry:

Creative industry

The Creative Industry programme facilitates research that can benefit the creative industry.

Digging into data

The Digging into Data Challenge aims to address how 'big data' changes the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences. 

Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA)

Within the network HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) a new round will be launched in 2017.

Human Capital

The Human Capital programme, which is both interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary in nature, focuses on collaboration between academic parties, businesses, governments, civil society organisations such as educational institutions, and other knowledge institutions.

JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change

The programme JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change encourages collaboration between Dutch and foreign research groups in the field of cultural heritage.

Responsible Innovation for the Creative Industries

Within the Responsible Innovation program consortia of researchers and private partners can submit applications for proactive research into ethical and societal aspects of new innovations. Research teams are always multidisciplinary (alpha/beta/gamma). The call for proposals includes a special Creative Industries Research Agenda.

Museum Grants

The programme Museum Grants is aimed at developing talent and scientific research in the museum world. The first two rounds of  Museum Grants were held in 2015.

Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS)

The Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS) is a new innovative interdisciplinary research center, uniting art history, conservation and science.


In the Science4Arts programme, conservators, museums, restorers, humanities researchers and natural scientists are together developing a new perspective on the restoration and conservation of works of art. The research projects have started in 2012.

Smart Culture

The programme Smart Culture offers funding instruments for research on Creative Cities, Big Data/Digital Humanities and Arts and Culture.

Smart Industry

The Dutch Smart Industry initiative aims to accelerate the use of existing and the development of new ICT and other key technologies in all aspects of industrial value chains in order to enable the development of smart products, processes and services. It's a joint initiative by NWO and Technology Foundation STW.

Completed research programmes

Continuous Access To Cultural Heritage (CATCH)

In the Continuous Access To Cultural Heritage (CATCH) programme, IT researchers and heritage managers worked together on making heritage available digitally. The programme was completed in 2014.

PhD Research in the Arts

The programme PhD Research in the Arts makes it possible for artists to obtain a PhD. The programme was completed in 2012.

Cooperation China - JSTP

The programme Cooperation China - Joint Scientific Thematic Research Programme (JSTP) supports research in areas in which the Netherlands and China excel and in which the expertise of Dutch and Chinese research teams is complementary. The 2015 Call for Proposals addressed the research topic Creative Industries. The round has been completed and the projects have started in 2015.

TOP Grants Social Sciences

The TOP Grants programme aims to strengthen or renew challenging and innovative lines of research. The TOP Grants programme 2013 was aimed at research within the so called top sectors. Proposals addressed research questions raised in one or more of the following initiatives: The Social Infrastructure Agenda, The innovation contract for the top sector Logistics, the knowledge and innovation agenda of the theme Business Innovation within the top sector Creative Industry. The funding instrument was closed in 2013.