Dutch Research Agenda - Theme: Ecology & North Sea

This call for proposals calls upon knowledge institutions and other interested parties to develop research projects aimed to provide the missing necessary knowledge concerning the interaction between ecology and the physical aspects of wind farms on the Dutch part of the North Sea. The consortia will work in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary manner with the involvement of the entire knowledge chain.


The aim of the programme Ecology and North Sea is to develop knowledge across the entire chain concerning the specific interaction between ecology and the physical aspects of wind turbines and wind farms and to provide an action perspective for policy, implementation and practice. The programme focuses on crucial interactions and possible bottlenecks, such as interactions between wind turbines and birds or bats, and the effects on the ecosystem's capacity. Providing a hard substrate and an undisturbed seafloor are examples of interactions that provide ecological opportunities.

Who can apply

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

What to apply

The NWO contribution that can be applied for per proposal is at least 600,000 euro and at most 750,000 euro. Proposals have a minimum duration of two years and a maximum duration of three years. Budget for the following modules /categories can be applied for: Personnel costs, Material costs, investments; Knowledge utilisation; Internationalisation and Money follows Cooperation.

When to apply

The deadline for submitting proposals is 24th of October 2019, at 14:00 uur CE(S)T.



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

  • Quality of the research proposal;
  • Quality of the consortium;
  • Potential scientific and/or societal breakthroughs.


The call for proposals closes October 24th, 2019. All eligible proposals will be submitted for assessment to at least two independent, international referees. Subsequently, the applicant will be given the possibility to respond to the anonymised referees’ reports (‘rebuttal’). The selection committee will discuss the proposals including the referees' reports and the rebuttal and rank the proposals. The ranking will be presented as an advice. The NWO Executive Board decides on whether or not to award funding to each research proposal based on the granting/ranking advice from the selection committee.

More information

The call for proposals on the theme ‘'Ecology & North Sea' is part of line 2 of the NWA programme. In this line, NWO is working with relevant ministries. The initiators of this call are the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.



Open for application


24 October 2019 14:00

Grant type



2,860,000 euros

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences Applied and Engineering Sciences Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek


Ecology & North Sea


Research (2019-2022)


Ministerie van Economische Zaken & Klimaat en Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit


Mr. ir. S. (Stefan) Jongerius (Programme officer) Mr. ir. S. (Stefan) Jongerius (Programme officer) +31 (0)30 6001315 nwa2en@nwo.nl


Maartje van Dijk, MSc (Programme officer) Maartje van Dijk, MSc (Programme officer) +31 (0)30 6001378 nwa2en@nwo.nl