Museum Grants II

Grant for scientific research by museum employees

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

  • Purpose

    The programme facilitates talent development and scientific research in the museum sector.

    The grants are intended for individual employees of museums who carry out research related to the collection. Therefore the research proposal must clearly explain the importance of the research for the museum institution or the museum sector.

  • Who can apply

    Employees with a temporary or tenured appointment at a museum can apply for a grant for scientific research. As a main applicant you must satisfy the following requirements:

    • you have a temporary or tenured appointment at the museum from which the application is made for at least the duration of the research;
    • you have a master’s degree or are qualified in a comparable manner.

    Furthermore, the museum from which the application is submitted must be (provisionally) registered in the Dutch Museum Register.

    Besides museum employees, researchers from the following knowledge institution can also submit an application:

    • RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History

    The same criteria apply to them as to museum employees.

    One co-applicant is involved in each application: an experienced researcher or professor employed at a Dutch university. You can approach a researcher to supervise your research. Or you can approach one of the researchers who has registered their willingness to act as a supervisor with NWO. In that case you should contact NWO.


  • What to apply for

    For a research proposal in this round, you can apply for at least 10,000 euros and most 25,000 euros. The budget is intended for research grants that make it possible to realise scientific research. At the end of the programme Museum Grants, NWO will award a prize to the best scientific publication from this round that is disseminated in open access form. The procedure for awarding this prize will be announced later.

    This (third) round of the programme Museum Grants is divided into two sub-rounds. For each sub-round, 600,000 euros is available. If after the awarding of grants in the first sub-round the full budget has not been used, then the remaining amount will be added to the second sub-round.

  • When to apply


    • The deadline for the second sub-round is September 21st 2021 at 14.00 hours (CEST).

    When you submit your application to ISAAC, you will also need to enter details online. You should therefore start submitting your application at least one day before the deadline of this call for proposals. Please note: applications that are submitted after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

  • Assessment


    All information regarding assessment criteria are found in the Call for Proposals.
    The proposals will be assessed according to the following three criteria:

    1. Scientific quality
    2. Societal relevance
    3. Quality of the applicant


    NWO will appoint a committee that has the task of assessing the research proposals according to the assessment criteria. The assessment committee may invite applicants to an interview, in which the applicant presents one’s proposal. The committee will produce a motivated advice that will be submitted to the NWO Social Sciences and Humanities Domain Board, who will take a final granting decision."

You will find all of the documents that you need for your application here. Applications must be submitted through the ISAAC application and reporting system. If you do not have an ISAAC account yet, then please create one at least one workday in advance. More information about writing a proposal and which forms you need to use can be found below. Please download and use the forms below.

NB: an earlier version of the application form wrongfully stated that sections 3e to 3i together couldn’t exceed a word count of 2000. This has been adjusted to 3e to 3h.

  • Fill in forms

    Preparing an application

    • Download the application form 
    • Complete the application form (written in English or Dutch)

    Please note that applications should be supported by:

    1. a letter of recommendation from the collaborating professor or experienced researcher from a Dutch university. The recommendation describes the quality and relevance of the proposed research, the suitability of the applicant and how the supervision of the applicant will be realised;
    2. a statement from the employer in which the employer states that the employee concerned is appointed at the organisation and that the researcher will be appointed at the institution for at least the duration of the research. The employer also states that they are familiar with the grant conditions of NWO. Furthermore, the employer is requested to provide an explanation pertaining to the way knowledge derived from the research will be secured and will contribute to scientific research within the organisation.
    3. a signed Statement General Block Exemption Regulation (AGVV), see further Section 3.5 in the call for proposals.


    In February/March 2021, a webinar will take place about writing a research proposal and using the application system of NWO.

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.

  • Do you already have an account in ISAAC?
  • Have you completed the application form and saved it as a PDF?
  • Did you attach the following: Letter of recommendation, Statement from the employer and signed Statement General Block Exemption Regulation?