Physics Projectruimte

The Physics Projectruimte is intended for proposals for innovative and risky fundamental research with a physics content, which are of high scientific quality and have a scientific, industrial or social urgency. Proposals can be submitted by professors and permanent scientific staff at the Dutch universities or at other research organisations that - at least in part - are funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Purpose

The Physics Projectruimte is one of the funding instruments that NWO has for supporting physics research. The Projectruimte funds small-scale projects in fundamental physics research that have an innovative character and a demonstrable scientific, industrial or societal urgency. Proposals from disciplines related to physics are eligible for this grant as long as the research makes sufficient contribution to physics. The Physics Projectruimte no longer has deadlines. You may submit your proposals on a continuous basis.

Who can apply

Proposals can be submitted by professors and permanent scientific staff at the Dutch universities or at other research organisations that - at least in part - are funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Individuals who - in the framework of a tenure-track position, a Vidi grant or a Vici grant - do not yet have a permanent appointment can also submit a proposal. However, their proposal must be accompanied by a declaration from the dean stating their prospect of a permanent position.

Before submitting their proposal, applicants should settle with the management of their research institute whether a proposal can be submitted and how the project can be fitted within the institute's research programme. They should also settle with their management that use can be made of the necessary infrastructural facilities in the event that the proposal is granted. In cases of doubt, consultation between NWO and the management of the institute is desirable.

What to apply for

The Projectruimte funds small-scale projects in fundamental physics research that have an innovative character and a demonstrable scientific, industrial or societal urgency. A maximum amount of k€ 425 is awarded. Proposals from disciplines related to physics are eligible for this grant as long as the research makes sufficient contribution to physics. In the case of a collaborative project or a significant investment component, the amount awarded can increase to a maximum of k€ 600.

When to apply

Applications for the Physics Projectruimte can be submitted on a continuous basis until 1 May 2018 14h00.

Assessment

Criteria

The maximum amount of funding per proposal that can be requested from NWO is limited to k€ 425. There are two exceptions to this rule:

  • in the event that an investment budget of k€ 110 or more is requested for equipment, then the maximum budget applied for - insofar as this is necessary  - may be increased by this amount to a maximum of k€ 600 (in case of an investment budget of k€ 110, the maximum is thus k€ 535);
  • in the event that applicants from two or more research groups submit a joint application for a collaborative project in which a single problem is worked on from two distinctively different perspectives, then the maximum that can be applied for is k€ 600.

Procedure

The Physics Projectruimte does not know any deadlines. You can submit your proposals on a continuous basis. The proposals will be evaluated in batches of 15 to 25 in the order in which they are received. All proposals will be submitted to referees and a jury will reach a final assessment in a single evaluation round.

The proposals submitted will be evaluated by a jury. The jury is of a broad composition and is made up of physicists that work in various subfields of physics; boundary areas are also represented in this and efforts will be made to include some researchers from industrial laboratories and large technology institutes. The jury members give their evaluation independently from each other. This means that the jury does not meet.
When writing your proposal, please remember that, by definition, not all members of the jury are specialists in your discipline.

Details

Status

Closed for application

Deadline

Continuous application

Grant type

Programmatic

Budget

approximately M€ 6,2

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences

Objective

Curiosity driven research and talent (2015-2018)

Contact

Mw. dr. M.A. van Santen Mw. dr. M.A. van Santen +31 (0)70 3494433 m.vansanten@nwo.nl