Living Labs in the Dutch Delta

Within the call Living Labs in the Dutch Delta researchers can request funding on behalf of a consortium for research projects focussed on existing or planned large scale nature-based interventions and the improvement of the resilience of the main water system in The Netherlands. The Living Labs are physical locations where researchers (fundamental, applied and user-orientated), companies and public authorities collaborate on the interface of geoscience, ecology and related social and economic aspects.

Purpose

This call for proposals is part of the NWO work programme for the Topsector Water & Maritime and has been developed in close cooperation with the national research and innovation programme on water and climate (NKWK) and Taskforce for Applied Research (SIA). The concept "nature-based solutions", using sediments and natural dynamics to improve flood safety and spatial quality, serves as starting-point for this call.

Proposals must focus on existing or planned large scale nature-based interventions and improvement of resilience of the main water system in The Netherlands (rivers, lakes and the coastal zone) in the light of climate change and human-induced pressures. The large scale interventions serve as Living Labs where various aspects of the natural system can be studied and human interactions with the eco-physical system and stakeholders can be involved. The Living Labs are physical locations where researchers (fundamental, applied and user-orientated), companies and public authorities collaborate on the interface of geoscience, ecology and related social and economic aspects.

Who can apply

Applications are to be submitted by a main applicant on behalf of a consortium. Professors or researchers with an equivalent position, who have a paid appointment at a Dutch University or a NWO recognized research institute can act as main applicant.

Each consortium is headed by the main applicant and includes at least 1 co-applicant (professor and/or senior researcher) from a Dutch university of applied sciences, optionally a co-applicant from a TO2 institution, at least 1 public authority and at least 1 private partner.

What to apply for

A maximum amount of 1.165 million euros can be requested per application to cover direct costs associated with the research described.

Within the total amount a maximum of 1 million euros can be requested for activities to be carried out by NWO recognized knowledge institutions and TO2 institutions. Costs that are eligible for funding are: personnel costs (PhD/postdoc positions in accordance with VSNU tariffs and researchers of TO2 institutions in accordance with "Handleiding Overheidstarieven 2017") and material costs (consumables, fieldwork, equipment, and knowledge transfer costs.

Within the total amount a maximum of 165 thousand euros can be requested for activities to be carried out by researchers of Dutch universities of applied sciences.

Costs that are eligible for funding are: personnel costs (researchers from universities of applied sciences in accordance with "Handleiding Overheidstarieven 2017" and students for a maximum tariff of 25 euros per hour) and material costs. Additional conditions can be found in the call for proposals.

When to apply

  • The deadline for the submission of pre-proposals was November 1, 2018, 14:00 hours CE(S)T.
  • The workshop for consortia that submitted a pre-preproposal was 23 November 2018, between ~13:00 and 17:00 hours in Jaarbeurs Beatrix building in Utrecht.
  • The deadline for the submission of full proposals was January 31, 2019, 14:00 hours CE(S)T.

Assessment

Criteria

All proposals will be assessed against the following three criteria:

  1. Scientific quality
  2. Relevance for the aim and theme of the call
  3. Quality of collaborations and potential for societal and economic application

These criteria carry a weighting of 40%, 30% and 30%, respectively, in the overall assessment.

Procedure

Applicants will first submit a brief pre-proposal, which will not be evaluated but will serve as input for a joint workshop. Subsequently applicants can submit a full proposal which will be assessed in a peer review procedure by external referees. Applicants will be granted the opportunity to submit a rebuttal and the proposals will then be assessed and ranked by an independent evaluation committee. Finally the NWO Domain Science Board and the board of the Taskforce for Applied Research (SIA) will decide in joint consultation about the awarding of funding.

Details

Status

Closed for application

Deadline

31 January 2019 14:00

Budget

Het totale maximum budget beschikbaar voor deze call for proposals is M€ 3,5

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek

Programme

Living Labs in the Dutch Delta

Partners

Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Delta Program, STOWA, Boskalis, van Oord, a consortium of engineering companies

Contact

Dr. Niels van den Berg Dr. Niels van den Berg +31 (0)70 3494405 lldd@nwo.nl

Contact

Arjan Koeslag Arjan Koeslag +31 623215792 arjan.koeslag@regieorgaan-sia.nl