Complexity research in connection with the Covid-19 crisis

Experienced researchers can request funding for research concerned with the way in which separate but interlinked complex systems operate: the national crisis organization on the one hand, and the decentralized system of the security regions and/or medical institutions on the other.

Purpose

This ‘complexity science’  call is concerned with the way in which separate but interlinked complex systems operate: the national crisis organization on the one hand, and the decentralized system of the security regions and/or medical institutions on the other. Particular attention is to be devoted to the dynamic interaction between the systems. How do they affect and influence each other to create new relationships which may form the basis of alternative interventions? To assess those interventions and their effectiveness, it is necessary to consider the existing or potential resilience and/or adaptive ability of one subsystem which is particularly dominant in the current crisis: the healthcare system.

Who can apply

Full, associate and assistant professors and other researchers with a comparable appointment can submit an application if they:

  • are employed (i.e. hold a salaried position) at a Dutch university or a research institution acknowledged by NWO, and
  • also have an appointment period for at least the entire duration of the research for which the grant is being applied for. Personnel with a zero-hour appointment is excluded from applying.

See section 3.1 of the call for proposals for details and exceptions.

What to apply for

The grant amount that can be requested from NWO is at minimum €700,000 and at maximum €720,000 per project application.
The grant can be requested to cover the following types of costs (modules):

  • Personnel (Postdoc; Research leave)
  • Materials costs
  • Knowledge utilisation
  • Internationalisation
  • Money follows Cooperation

Projects conducted further to this call for proposals will have a lead time of at least one year and no more than two years.

When to apply

The deadline for the submission of applications is 26 January 2021, 14:00:00 CE(S)T.

Assessment

Criteria

The assessment committee will evaluate  admissible applications against the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to the aim of the call
  2. Scientific quality of the research proposal
  3. Quality of the applicant(s)
  4. Knowledge utilisation

In the overall assessment of the application, the weighting of the main criteria is as follows:
relevance to the aim of the call 15%, scientific quality of the research proposal 40%, quality of the applicant(s) 25%, and knowledge utilisation 20%.

Procedure

NWO assesses whether the application meets the requirements to be taken into consideration.
The members of the assessment committee make an initial assessment of all applications, based on the assessment criteria. Any questions or requests for clarification will be submitted to the main applicant in writing. The subsequent assessment will be conducted during a meeting of the committee, again against the assessment criteria. Based on the assessment criteria, the committee will rank applications in order of priority and pass its recommendations to the Board of the NWO Domain Science.

The Board of the NWO Domain Science decides which proposal is to be accepted for funding and which are to be rejected.

Details

Status

Temporarily closed for application

Deadline

26 January 2021 14:00

Budget

minimum €700,000 and maximum €720,000 per project application.

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences Social Sciences and Humanities

Programme

Complexity

Objective

Research (2019-2022)

Contact

Drs. Marieke van Duin Drs. Marieke van Duin +31 (0)70 3440921 ComplexityCI@nwo.nl