Green II

Green II - Towards a ground-breaking and future-oriented system change in agriculture and horticulture

A consortium of researchers and private partners may apply for funding for research that provides the basis for a ground-breaking system change aimed at realising resilient and integrally sustainable plant and animal production systems, higher food security, and the conservation of nature and ecosystem services in the Netherlands.


With the Green II programme, NWO is encouraging new fundamental and precompetitive scientific research projects. By doing so, NWO wants to strengthen the knowledge base and encourage interdisciplinary research that leads to the application of knowledge within and between the top sectors Agri&Food and Horticulture & Propagation Materials.

Within Green II, the decision has been taken to focus on two strongly related themes:

  1. Resilience and recovery and
  2. Smart technology.

Who can apply 

A principal applicant submits the application on behalf of the project consortium. The consortium should consist of at least one knowledge institution and at least one private partner. In addition, one or more additional private and/or (semi-)public partners may take part in the consortium.

The principal applicant must be a researcher at a Dutch university or a research institute recognised by NWO. The principal applicant must have a paid employment contract for at least the duration of the application process and the research for which funding is requested, and hold a PhD and/or be a professor.

What to apply 

It is possible to apply for NWO financing of maximally 750,000 euro. Matching by private and/or public partners is obligatory. The NWO financing is minimallly 50% and maximally 89% of the whole projectbudget. The private and public partners in the project consortium together should contribute at least 11% of the project costs. Contributions from private and public partners can be cash (min. 5.6% of the NWO financing) or in-kind.

The grant, including the cash contribution by partners, can only be used for:

  • Temporary scientific personnel (PhD student, postdoc) and temporary non-academic staff (technician).
  • Material costs related to spending required in order to perform the research.

Costs associated with knowledge transfer, internationalisation, valorisation or instruments for the research may, to a limited extent, be included in the budget to be financed by the grant. Regarding the NWO-financed part of the grant, material costs can never be more than 40%.

When to apply

The closing date for the submission of proposals was 4 April 2017, 14:00 hrs (CET).



The proposals will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Originality and scientific quality;
  2. Potential for societal and economic application.

These two criteria carry an equal weighting in the assessment procedure and ranking.


The procedure comprises the following stages:

  • Determining the admissibility of the applications;
  • Review by foreign referees and rebuttal;
  • Assessment by a committee, comprising renowned researchers with a background in the relevant scientific disciplines and representatives from the private and societal sector;
  • Decision by accredited board within NWO on the selection committee’s advice.



Temporarily closed for application


4 April 2017 14:00

Grant type



max. 4 million euro

Science area

Earth and Life Sciences




Thematic research and public -private partnership (2015-2018) Theme: Agro, Food and Horticulture (2011-2014)


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