Dutch Research Agenda - Theme: Storage and Conversion

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This call for proposals invites knowledge institutes and other interested parties to participate in research and implementation projects in the area of Storage and Conversion. The consortia will operate on an interdisciplinary basis and cover the entire knowledge chain.


Storage and conversion is the storage of renewable electricity in chemical compounds. This conversion is crucial in a sustainable energy system and requires far-reaching fundamental and applied knowledge in the area of Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM). The NWA programme above all aims to build bridges: between different scientific fields, between different forms of research (fundamental, applied, practice-oriented) and between diverse national and international knowledge agendas. Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in the broadest sense, an approach spanning the entire knowledge chain and cooperation with societal partners including Ministries, corporates, start-ups and NGOs are therefore crucial features of the consortia involved in NWA projects and programmes. 

Who can apply

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium representing the broad knowledge chain.

What to apply for 

A maximum of  € 1.300.000 can be requested to finance personnel, material and investments. Proposals have a maximum duration of 6 years.

When to apply

  • Deadline for the submission of an application by the consortia was November 21st 2019



Proposals will be assessed on the basis of the following three criteria:

  1. Quality of the research proposal;
  2. Quality of the consortium;
  3. Potential scientific and/or societal breakthroughs


The first step in the assessment procedure is a test as to whether NWO can consider the application. All eligible proposals will be submitted for assessment to at least two independent, international referees. Subsequently, a selection committee appointed for this task will invite the applicant for an interview during which the applicant will be given the possibility to respond to the anonymised referees’ reports (‘rebuttal’). The selection committee will discuss and rank the proposals. The NWO Executive Board of  makes a decision about whether or not to award funding to each research proposal based on the granting/ranking advice from the selection committee. 



Temporarily closed for application


21 November 2019 14:00

Grant type



The budget available for this call for proposals is 3.812.000 euro

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences National Science Agenda


Electrochemical Conversion and Materials (ECCM)


Research (2019-2022)


Bas van Schooten Bas van Schooten +31 (0) 70 3494197 b.vanschooten@nwo.nl