NWO Research Communities for Chemistry

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The Chemistry Round Table has, in close consultation with the research field, set up four research communities for chemistry. Through these four research communities, the chemistry research field will be able to make an effective contribution towards recommendations for and monitoring of research at the The Dutch Research Council (NWO). The link between researchers and NWO is essential to ensure that signals in the field are picked up by NWO, and that NWO is able to gain access to the field. The research communities connect chemists and promote collaboration with other disciplines. The research communities replaced the chemistry study groups on 1 December 2018.

The four research communities for chemistry :

For a description of the research communities see this page.

Research community advisory committees

The NWO research communities work with members in order to have a clear picture of the sub-field in question and to have at their disposal a distribution list for consulting or informing the field. Members are professors at a Dutch university or institute, academic employees (such as associate or assistant professors) at a Dutch university or institute with a permanent contract, senior researchers from industry, academic employees on a temporary appointment at a Dutch university or institute at Vidi level (or equivalent) or higher, and senior researchers employed outside the Netherlands with a particular affinity with the sub-field in the Netherlands.

The research communities advisory committees represent the research communities. The research communities advisory committees set out the details for their sub-field in a strategy paper and in a vision for the future. The committees regularly inform and consult the members of a research community with regard to relevant NWO information.

Research community advisory committee duties and procedures

The research communities advisory committees are assigned the following tasks:

  • Identifying new developments in the sub-field of the working group advisory committee;
  • Maintaining contact with the research field;
  • Maintaining the network with the Dutch National Research Agenda, top sectors, the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society, etc.;
  • Monitoring the progress of ongoing research programmes in the sub-field in question, including advising the Chemistry Round Table at the conclusion of these programmes;
  • Monitoring ongoing research and existing facilities and new initiatives;
  • Helping shape and implement the NWO network and forum function in consultation with the field (during CHAINS, for example);
  • Giving unsolicited and solicited advice to the Chemistry Round Table and to the Science board.


You can register for membership for one or two research communities, via the registration form. Registration is possible at any time.

Membership in the NWO research communities  is open to every member of the scientific staff (assistant, associate and full professors, group leaders and of course tenure trackers) at one of the Dutch universities or institutes. Researchers from industry as well as researchers who work outside the Netherlands (but with a special affinity for the research field in the Netherlands) are also welcome to become members.

By submitting your membership you agree that NWO can use your information to inform you and consult you on matters related to NWO, Chemistry and your selected research communities. Your name and affiliation can also be shared with the Round Table Chemistry and the research committees to which you are subscribed.