Replication Studies

Researchers with a PhD who are employed by a Dutch research institution can request funding for the replication of 'cornerstone research' in the disciplines of NWO Social Sciences and ZonMw.


With this pilot programme NWO wants to encourage researchers to carry out replication research. NWO also wants to gain experience that can lead to insights into an effective way of including replication research in research programmes and to obtain insight into and a reflection on the requirements that NWO sets for research in terms of methodology and transparency.

Who can apply

Applicants are researchers who hold a PhD and are employed for the duration of the proposed project at one of the Dutch knowledge institutions specified in the call for proposals. They clearly possess the methodological competencies needed to carry out/supervise such a study. Applicants should also have demonstrable expertise in the research area of the study to be replicated. If the research will be carried out by several researchers then it must be clear from the composition of the project group that it contains the relevant expertise required.

What to apply for

There are three types of replication research:

  1. Reproduction: replication with existing data - repeated analysis of the datasets from the original study.
  2. Replication with new data: new data collection with the same research protocol as the original study.
  3. Replication with the same research question: new data collection with a different design from the original study in which the research question remains unchanged compared to the original research.

In this pilot programme, only research that falls under the first two categories will be financed.

A maximum of € 75,000 can be requested for a Type 1 project and a maximum of € 150,000 for a Type 2 study. This amount can be freely allocated across personnel and material costs.

The maximum duration of the research is two years.

When to apply

The deadline for this call was on Thursday 12 January 2017 at 14.00 C.E.T.



  1. Justification cornerstone and relevance of replication
  2. Exactness and feasibility of the replication
  3. Availability necessary data
  4. Methodology, registration, publication, knowledge utilisation
  5. Quality of the applicants
  6. Budget
  7. Relationship with the original researchers


The procedure comprises the following stages:

  • Determining the admissibility of the applications;
  • Review by two external referees - one expert in the subject of the proposal and one methodological expert - and rebuttal;
  • Assessment by a committee, comprising renowned researchers with a background in the relevant scientific disciplines;
  • The accredited board within NWO will decide on the funding, based on the advice from the assessment committee.

More information

For he research-specific guidance of this pilot programme NWO has installed a programme committee consisting of the following researchers:

  • Lex Bouter, VU, chair
  • Joop Hox, UU
  • Eduard Klasen, LUMC
  • Daniël Lakens, TUe
  • Christine Mummery, LUMC
  • Michèle Nuijten, Universiteit Tilburg
  • Rolf Zwaan, EUR.



Closed for application


12 January 2017 14:00

Grant type



3 yearly rounds of 1 mln

Science area

Social Sciences and Humanities ZonMw


Replication Studies


Facilitating knowledge utilisation (2011-2014)

NWO in transition: changes funding instruments

On 1 January 2017, NWO will adopt a new organisation structure. Current funding instruments will remain unchanged until a decision about any change is taken. NWO will announce this change at least six months in advance. 2017 will be a transition year and the new funding instruments will become effective no later than 1 January 2018.


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