Joint U.S. - Netherlands Cyber Security Research Programme

This is a Joint call for proposals from NWO, the Ministery of Justice & Security and the Department of Homeland Security, Cyber Security Division. NWO, in the name of the funding partners, invites researchers with a background in ICT or Computer Science to submit a proposal within the themes of this call, in partnership with a U.S. co-applicant. The US co-applicant should submit his proposal at DHS CSD.


With this call for proposals, the funding partners whish to encourage joint U.S. - Netherlands research activities in cyber security by issuing this joint call for proposals. With this programme we want to enable Netherlands-based researchers and U.S.-based researchers to collaborate with each other in a joint execution of high quality research proposals and to help build long-term relationships among scientists from the two countries.

For this call for proposals, DHS CSD, the Ministry of Security and Justice and NWO have jointly selected two themes which should be the main focus of the submitted research proposals.
As research themes the following Technological Topic Areas (TTA’s) are selected:

  • Industrial Control Systems/ Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (ICS/SCADA)
  • Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and the Domain Name System (DNS)

Who can apply

Applications can be submitted to NWO by full, associate and assistant professors and other researchers with a comparable appointment if they:

  • hold an appointment/a position at a Dutch university or a research institution acknowledged by NWO  and;
  • possess at least a Master’s degree or a comparable qualification;
  • have a contract (appointment) for at least the duration of the anticipated research project for which the grant is being applied for.

Researchers are not allowed to submit more than one proposal in the capacity of main applicant. Involvement in other project proposals in the capacity of co-applicant is allowed.

What to apply for

At NWO, applicants are allowed to apply for:

  • one PhD or 2/3 year PostDoc position.
  • Up to 15.000 euro for additional research funding. The additional funding can be used for:
    • Travel costs for the purpose of the requested research;
    • Equipment / software for the purpose of the project, if the costs are above 5.000 euro;
    • Other activities in the framework of the project.

The U.S. applicant can refer for funding opportunities to the DHS call for proposals.

Please refer to the call for proposals for more information.

When to apply

  • The deadline for submission of the proposals is August 31st at 14:00 CET.



Proposals will be assessed on the following four criteria:

  1. Responsiveness to Technological Topic Areas and Technological Approach(weight 40%)
  2. Main Applicants Capabilities and Related Experience (weight 30%)
  3. Transition Approach (weight 20%)
  4. Cost (weight 10%)

These criteria and their relative weight are equal to those used by DHS CSD for the assessment of the proposals.


NWO and DHS CSD use seperated processess to come to their respective national ranking of the proposals. NWO has submitted applications assessed by international independant peer-reviewers, on which the applicants receive the opportunity to react in the form of a rebuttal. An expert assessment committee assesses all proposals based on the proposal, the peer-reviews and the rebuttal, and ranks the proposals, hereby composing the NWO ranking. In a discussion between the chairman of the assessment committee and the DHS selection officer, the NWO ranking and the DHS ranking are joined in a discussion in the arguments of the two committees, and presented to the International decision making body. The International decision making body consists of a representative of the NWO Board of the Science Domain and a DHS representative, and is responsible for deciding on the granting and rejection of research proposals.

Extra information

Contact DHS CSD:




Open for application


31 August 2017 14:00

Grant type



1.18 Million euro for Netherlands-based researchers

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences


Cyber Security Research


Thematic research and public -private partnership (2015-2018)


Ministry of Security and Justice/U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cyber Security Division (DHS CSD)


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