Incentive Grants for Women in STEM

The aim of this grant is to retain women who are qualified in science or the engineering sciences. To this end, this grant will support women who are temporarily without funding but who, nevertheless, have good prospects of obtaining a permanent or more senior research position (from Tenure Track) in science or the engineering sciences.

Purpose

The aim of this grant is to retain women who are qualified in science or the engineering sciences, and to provide them with a stable launchpad for an academic career. To this end, this grant will support women who are temporarily without funding but who, nevertheless, have good prospects of obtaining a permanent or more senior research position (from Tenure Track) in science or the engineering sciences. This will involve providing financial support to research institutions, which will enable them to appoint a woman for a transitional period before she takes up that position. One example is when universities offer candidates a permanent or more senior position, but the position in question is not immediately available. The grant can then be used to bridge this "gap".

Who can apply

All women in Science or Applied and Engineering Sciences with a doctorate from the Netherlands or elsewhere can apply, whether or not they have permanent employment.
The candidate will be appointed by one of the host research institutions (see list below).
NWO asks candidates to give an "embedding guarantee".
 
The host institutions could be:

  • Universities established in the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
  • University medical centres;
  • NWO and KNAW institutes;
  • the Netherlands Cancer Institute;
  • the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen;
  • the DUBBLE Beamline at the ESRF in Grenoble;
  • NCB Naturalis;
  • Advanced Research Centre for NanoLithography (ARCNL);
  • Princess Máxima Center.

What to apply for

With regard to funding proposals, in this call people can apply for total amounts ranging from €  20,000 to €   250,000. This will cover the cost of the principal investigator's salary and their personal materials budget. The latter can only be awarded if a good case is made. 

The grant will be paid for a period of no more than 18 months. Once this period has elapsed, the costs involved will be met by the research institution itself. 

When to apply

  • Those wishing to submit a proposal can do so at any time up to and including 31 December 2020

Assessment

Criteria

All admissible applications are initially assessed – against the need described – by the assessment committee. If the assessment committee decides that the candidate has a valid need to qualify for this grant, then it will proceed with its assessment of the application, based on the following criteria: 

  1. The potential of the proposed research in the bridging period;
  2. The quality of the principal investigator (the CV).

Procedure

The first step in the assessment procedure is to test whether an application is admissible. Only those proposals that satisfy the criteria stated the call are admissible and will be taken into consideration.

A broad-based committee of academics will assess the quality of each Incentive Grant application. This committee will assess applications from the various scientific and engineering disciplines. 

Any applications submitted before 1 August 2020 will be subject to a decision period of no more than five months after receiving a the full and correct application, thereafter this period will be 3 months. 

More information

For specific questions about Incentive grants for Women in STEM and this call for proposals please contact: Eveline Mezger (ENW), womeninstem@nwo.nl.

For technical questions about the use of ISAAC please contact the ISAAC helpdesk. Please read the manual first before consulting the helpdesk. The ISAAC helpdesk can be contacted from Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 17:00 hours CE(S)T on +31 (0)20 346 71 79. However, you can also submit your question by e-mail to isaac.helpdesk@nwo.nl. You will then receive an answer within two working days.

 


Details

Status

Open for application

Deadline

31 December 2020 23:59

Grant type

Individual

Budget

3.6 million euros

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences Applied and Engineering Sciences

Objective

People (2019-2022)

Contact

Dr. Eveline Mezger Dr. Eveline Mezger +31 (0)70 3494206 womeninstem@nwo.nl