Partnership NWO-CCC - Carbobiotics: Pre/Probiotics Mitigating the Antibiotics Burden

The NWO-CCC Partnership Programme wants to stimulate effective collaboration between academia and industry on the role of carbohydrates in human and animal health. Researchers can apply for research funding on this topic. Those projects will be incorporated in the public-private partnership of the Carbohydrate Competence Center (CCC) and NWO.


The aim of the NWO-CCC call CarboBiotics is to generate an efficient pipeline of accurate methods to study the effects of antibiotics/prebiotics/probiotics on (in)stability and recovery of gastrointestinal tract microbiota at the strain and population levels, in both humans (specifically infants and elderly) and production animals (poultry, pigs, cows). The existing cross-talk between microbiota and hosts will be studied in detail to elucidate the ensuing (positive/negative) effects on human and animal health. This may result in a better understanding of the mechanisms of functioning of already available prebiotic carbohydrates, and the identification and development of new prebiotics and "next generation"  probiotics. 

Who can apply

Funding can be applied for by associate, assistant and full professors or researchers with a comparable position that hold an appointment at a Dutch university or a research institute recognised by NWO.

What to apply for

It is possible to apply for grants of a maximum of 500.000 euro. Projects should be scientifically interdisciplinary and the proposal should have unambiguous participation from at least two different universities and/or institutes.

Applicants can apply for a grant to cover research costs, such as the appointment of personnel (PhD or postdoc), material facilities (equipment, consumables, travel costs, etc.) and fieldwork. Each cost category should be explained separately.

Applicants cannot apply for a grant to cover the costs of tenured staff, student assistants, analysts or technicians, overheads, general laboratory equipment and the costs for maintenance, insurance, congress visits and publications.

When to apply

  • The closing date for the submission of pre-proposals was 6 April 2017, 14:00 hrs (CET).
  • The closing date for the submission of full proposals was 6 July 2017, 14:00 hrs (CET).



Applications are to be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
A. Originality and scientific quality;
B. Potential for societal and economic application.

The two criteria are given equal weight in the assessment procedure and prioritization.


The procedure comprises the following stages:

  • Submission of pre-proposals;
  • Determining the admissibility of the pre-proposals;
  • Selection of pre-proposals by evaluation committee;
  • Submission of full proposals (selected applicants);
  • Determining the admissibility of the full proposals;
  • Review of full proposals by foreign referees and rebuttal;
  • Assessment of full proposals by evaluation committee;
  • Decision by accredited Board within NWO based on the evaluation committee's advice.

More information

More information about the Carbohydrate Competence Center is available online:

Mailaddress partner:

Carbohydrate Competence Center (




Closed for application


6 July 2017 14:00

Grant type



2.250.000 euro

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences


AVEBE, FrieslandCampina, Nutrition Sciences

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