Free Competition

All NWO Divisions offer Free Competition funding. The conditions and scope (and names) differ depending on the Division. The research theme in Free Competition is not defined.

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Please Note: no applications submitted between 13 and 23 November 2015!

Between 13 and 23 November 2015, NWO is implementing the new online application and registration reporting system, ISAAC. Until 13 November you can submit applications in Iris, from 23 November, 12:00 hrs CET in ISAAC. In the meantime you cannot submit any applications.

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Open for application


Continuous application


Investing in talent and curiosity-driven research (2011-2014)

Science area

Humanities Earth and Life Sciences