What does NWO do?

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) ensures quality and innovation in science and facilitates its impact on society. Its main task is to fund scientific research at public research institutions in the Netherlands, especially universities. NWO focuses on all scientific disciplines and fields of research. The funds are allocated by means of a national competition on the basis of quality and independent assessment and selection procedures. NWO plays several roles as a broad, national research organisation that actively contributes to various elements of national science and innovation policy.

Five roles of NWO: financing, programming, connecting, supporting, influencing


  • Talented scientists
  • Research facilities


  • Research topics
  • Science for society


  • Science and business
  • Dutch participation in international research projects
  • Science disciplines


  • Open access publishing & data
  • Organising researchers


  • National science policy
  • European science policy

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