A good proposal, yet no funding

Submitting a research proposal to NWO costs the applicant a lot of time. This investment, however, does not guarantee the proposal being funded. A proposal has a far higher chance of being rejected than funded. For several important NWO funding instruments, proposals have only a 15 percent change of being funded. For some instruments, the figure is lower.

One reason for this low funding rate is that NWO sets high standards for the quality of research it funds. Another important reason is that the budget available is often not enough to fund all proposals that satisfy NWO's quality requirements.

Grants NWO 2013

Total number of research proposals
(including preliminary proposals): 5.268  

Total number of projects granted: 1.138

Percentage of proposals funded
(including preliminary proposals): 25%