Practice-Oriented Research into Higher Education - Call for Consortium Partners

The NRO Program Committee for higher education has opened this new granting round for practice-based research into higher education to contribute to innovation and improvement of higher education through research. The committee also hopes to contribute to the creation of new partnerships between institutions, researchers and teachers in higher education.


The primary goal of practice orientated research in higher education, as funded by NRO, is to answer questions related to the educational practice and by doing so contributing to innovation and improvement of education. 

The research will be conducted in the educational practice and during the project there will be an intensive cooperation between researchers and practitional professionals. 

In addition, with this call the program Committee of higher education wants to contribute to new partnerships in the Dutch field of higher education. After the selection of project leaders, consortium partners and formation of the consortia NRO will provide time and opportunity to further develop the proposal and the consortia no longer compete with each other. This enabels a better opportunity to reach cohesion (and improves possible cooperation) between the research projects. 
In this way the NRO hopes to contribute to agile educational research.

Who can apply

The application and granting procedure consists of three fases.

  1. For the call for project leaders professors, lecturers, associate professors and senior researchers were invited to apply as project leader for one of the three projects. 
    1. Prof dr J.D.H.M. (Jan) Vermunt (Eindhoven University of Technology) with the project title "Teacher professional learning and development in higher education: What works and how and why does it work?"
    2. Dr L. (Louise) Elffers (University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam) with the project title " Accessible pathways to and through higher education An integral perspective on the accessibility of higher education in the Netherlands"
    3. Prof dr A.F.M. (Loek) Nieuwenhuis (University of Applied Sciences Arnhem and Nijmegen) and Dr. L. (Lia) Fluit (Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen) with the project title " Flexible higher education: lifelong professional competence development in work-based settings"
  2. The call for consortium partners invites (individual or collaborating) researchers, teacher researchers and other educational professionals to make their motivation to participate in one of the consortia known. During a matchmaking day, three consortia will be formed. If there are too many applications, the assessment committee will make a pre selection for the matchmaking day and invites the parties with the best chance to make a match with each other and the project leaders. 
  3. The call for proposals invites the formed consortia to further elaborate their application during working conferences and to submit their proposals. The assessment committee assesses the final proposals according to the assessment criteria as specified in the call for proposals.  

What to apply for

With this application researchers and educational professionals apply to participate in the matchmakingsday for one of the three research projects which will be formed in the next fase of the granting process. 
In the call for consortium partners there is no budget for a research project yet. 

The formation of the consortia will take place during the matchmakingday. During the matchmakingday project leaders and consortiumpartners can determine whether there is a match, and whether they want to start further cooperation. The aim of the day is to form one (concept) consortium per theme, and for each consortium a plan of action for the joint preparation of a research proposal in the next phase of the subsidy round.

When to apply

  • Call for consortium partners deadline application for consortium partners 12 November 2019, 14:00 hours
  • Call for proposals deadline full proposals: 26 March 2020, 14:00 hours



Assessment criteria call for consortium partners: <vet>
The assessment committee  will select the most promising partners, based on:

  1. Motivation and fit (50%) 
  2. The expertise and experience (50%)

Assessment criteria call for proposals: <vet>

  1. Practical relevance (40%)
  2. Scientific quality (40%)
  3. Quality of the consortium (20%)


If the number of applications submitted on a certain theme and a certain category of consortium partners exceeds the maximum capacity of the matchmaking day, the assessment committee will carry out a pre-selection. Please consult the call for consortium partners for the procedure.

If no preselection is required for a certain theme and category, all applicants within this theme and category will be invited to the matchmaking day. When an applicant is invited, he/she will be notified by e-mail. If an applicant is not invited, he/she will receive a message about this by e-mail and in writing, with a motivation by the assessment committee why the application has been rejected.

Call for consortium partners

  • 12 November:  Deadline application consortium partners
  • 2 December:  Invitation matchmaking day (or if applicable: message about exclusion following the preselection)
  • 11 December:  Matchmaking decision

Call for proposals

  • 15 January 2020:  Working conference 1
  • 12 February 2020:  Working conference 2
  • 26 March 2020:  Deadline final application
  • +/- 6 April 2020:  Announcement granted projects

Meer informatie

Every project leader has written a brief outline of the research project (see introductions below). These introductions  make clear what kind of research they propose, and what kind of consortium partners they are looking for. If you are interested in participating on the basis of an introduction, please also read the full essay in the call (see call consortium partners below) before registering.

Pia Hindriks MSc
Phone number: +31 (0)70 349 42 16



Temporarily closed for application


12 November 2019 14:00

Grant type



Totaal € 2.625.000,- beschikbaar

Science area

Netherlands Initiative for Education Research


Research (2019-2022)


Mw. P. Hindriks MSc. +31 (0)70 3494216