Cooperation China (NSFC) - Joint seminars

Cooperation China (NSFC) – Joint seminars is for Dutch researchers who want to cooperate with colleagues in China. It offers the opportunity of a joint seminar in China or the Netherlands, for all scientific disciplines except for the social and behavioural sciences and humanities.


The aim of Cooperation China (NSFC) - Joint seminars is to promote the contacts between Dutch and Chinese researchers in the area of the natural sciences. The funding arises from a joint agreement between NWO and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in Beijing.

Who can apply

A researcher in the natural sciences with a tenured position at one of the following knowledge institutions can submit an application: Dutch universities, KNAW institutes, NWO institutes, NKI, MPI Nijmegen, researchers from the Dubble Beamline at the ESRF in Grenoble, NCB Naturalis, and the Advanced Research Centre for NanoLithography (ARCNL). Conversely a Chinese researcher can submit an application to NSFC.

What can be applied for

For a seminar to be jointly organised in the Netherlands or China, a contribution towards the costs can be applied for. A remuneration is possible for seminars of between 3 and 7 days in length and for a maximum of 10 participants per country. As home organisation, NWO remunerates the international travel costs up to a maximum of 930 euros per person. As host organisation, NWO remunerates local travel and subsistence costs with an amount of 175 euros per person per day. The maximum amount per seminar is 15,000 euros.

When can be applied

You may submit at any time. There are no deadlines. The processing time of an application is at most six months.

Applications can be submitted until the reserved budget for the programmes Visitor’s Travel Grant, Cooperation Germany - Von Humboldt Stiftung, Cooperation Japan, Cooperation Taiwan and Cooperation China travel and subsistence costs, seminars has been exhausted.



Applications are assessed on the basis of:

For a bilateral joint seminar:

  • Quality of the research teams
  • Scientific quality, originality and relevance of the proposed seminar with work plan
  • Effects of the seminar on the scientific collaboration between Dutch and Chinese researchers
  • Knowledge utilisation


The applications are assessed by the NWO-wide grants committee.