Key Technologies

Within the KIC 2020-2023, budget will be made available for research, in the context of the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda (KIA) Key Technologies.

Please note change in call planning

Due to a hack of the NWO networkserver the grant procedure was suspended from 13 February to 22 March. NWO has published a new integral call planning. Please note: The deadlines in the Call for Proposals (pdf) have not been updated. 

Resumption of grant procedure FAQs

Consortia including research institutes and public and private organisations can submit project proposals for fundamental or application-oriented research on innovative and groundbreaking technologies within 8 clusters of key technologies:

  • Chemical Technologies
  • Digital Technologies
  • Engineering and Fabrication Technologies 
  • Photonics and Light Technologies 
  • Advanced Materials 
  • Quantum Technologies 
  • Life science technologies 
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Purpose

    The call Key Technologies calls for the development of initiatives over the full width of the KIA Key Technologies. Thus she strenghtens the technology base in the Netherlands and enables topsectors to solve societal challenges adequately. The outcome of the research is broadly applicable en has a large impact on science and/or society.

  • Who can apply

    Pre-proposals and full proposals are submitted by the main applicant and one or more co-applicants. Besides the main and co-applicant (s), a consortium always consists of two or more co-funders. In addition, other private and / or public organisations can participate in the consortium as collaborating partners. All participants must play an active role in the formulation of the research questions and the design and realisation of the project.
    More information about specific conditions regarding who can apply can be found in section 3.1 of the call for proposals.

  • What to apply for

    A budget of 11 million euros is available for this call for proposals. Funding can be requested for research proposals with a total budget of at least 750,000 euros and at most 2,500,000 euros. NWO will fund a maximum of 70% of the total project budget; the rest of the funding must be contributed by co-funding. Co-funding may be provided in-cash or in-kind, but at least half of the amount must be in-cash. At least 50% of the total co-funding must be from private sources. More information about the conditions for co-funding can be found in section 3.5.2 of the call for proposals.

    For this call the following modules can be applied for:

    • Personnel costs
    • Material costs
    • Investments
    • Knowledge utilisation
    • Internationalisation
    • Money follows Cooperation
    • Project management

    The maximum duration of a project is six years. 

  • When to apply

    • The deadline for the submission of appropriateness statement is November 10, 2020, 14:00:00 CET. The result of the review process of the appropriateness statement will be communicated by NWO no later than December 23th.
    • The deadline for the submission of preproposals is April 12th, 2021, 14:00:00 CET.  
    • The deadline for the submission of proposals is September 28th, 2021, 14:00:00 CEST.
  • Assessment

    Criteria

    The pre-proposals and full proposals are assessed according to the following three criteria:

    1. Quality of research 
    2. Quality of the consortium
    3. Scientific and/or societal impact

    The qualification arises from the average assessment for the three criteria, with each of the criteria carrying equal weighting. 

    Procedure

    Submitting a pre-proposal is a compulsory part of the application process. The selection committee assesses the pre-proposals and provides a non-binding advice with regard to submitting a full proposal.

    Full proposals will be assessed by referees, after which applicants have the opportunity to submit a rebuttal. The selection committee then assesses the applications on the basis of the referee reports, the written rebuttal and an interview. The NWO Executive Board takes a decision about granting or rejecting the full proposals, based on the advice of the selection committee.

More information

A model project agreement

Due to a networkhack the grant procedure of NWO, including NRO and SIA, has been at a standstill from 13 February to 22 March 2021. NWO has updated the information on the website about the calls and the new deadlines. The deadlines in the Call for Proposals (pdf) have not been updated yet.

The deadline for the submission of appropriateness statement is November 10, 2020, 14:00:00 CET. The result of the review process of the appropriateness statement will be communicated by NWO no later than December 23th.

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