Taskforce for Applied Research SIA
NWO division

Taskforce for Applied Research SIA

In applied research, universities of applied sciences and public and private sector organisations work closely together aimed at improving professional practice and higher professional education. This enables the applied research performed by universities of applied sciences to make an important contribution to resolving social and economic issues. The Taskforce for Applied Research SIA is committed to promoting more and even better applied research by universities of applied sciences.

A key characteristic of this applied research is that it focuses on finding solutions to problems encountered by professionals in actual practice. Through the active collaboration between SME entrepreneurs and public sector professionals, the knowledge and findings acquired during the research ends up directly in professional practice. It also ends up in the curriculum of universities of applied sciences via research groups, lecturers and instructors. 

Here is what we do

To promote more and better applied research, we focus on:

  • collaboration between research and professional practice 
    We do this by increasing awareness of applied research and by encouraging the link between universities of applied sciences and companies and public institutions.  
  • increasing the quality of applied research
    We do this by exclusively awarding grants to high-quality research proposals and by encouraging peer supervision.
  • collaboration between universities of applied sciences and other research institutions
    We do this by investing in research partnerships relating to themes that are directly linked to the top sectors and the Netherlands National Science Agenda.
  • application of the research findings
    We do this by disseminating knowledge to the education sector and professional practice, and promoting entrepreneurship among students and researchers. 

About the Taskforce for Applied Research

The Taskforce for Applied Research is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and is financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. 

As a networking organisation, we work closely together with the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW), SME Netherlands, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and the Chamber of Commerce.




  • Taskforce for Applied Research
  • Van Vollenhovenlaan 661, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • tel: +31 (0)30 600 13 80