Incentive Fund Open Access - publications

With the Incentive Fund Open Access - Publications, NWO encourages the publication of research results.


Research results that have been obtained using public funds must be made as public as possible. NWO has therefore made a budget available specifically for the funding of open access publications arising from NWO projects.

Who can apply

Principal applicants of research funded by NWO can apply for a contribution towards an open access publication. Projects from all NWO divisions are eligible including those of the temporary taskforces.

What can be applied for

A maximum budget of 6,000 euros per research project is available. Specific criteria are listed in the ‘call for proposals’ downloadable at the bottom of this page.

The contribution cannot be used for the Article Processing Charges for Hybrid Journals and the publication of a thesis.

When can be applied

Applications can be submitted at any time within 6 months after the final publication date until the funds available have been exhausted.



In principle, each application that satisfies the criteria as listed in the ‘call for proposals’ will be funded. 


Applications will be assessed by NWO against the criteria. Applications that satisfy the criteria will be funded until the budget has been exhausted.

NWO in transition: changes funding instruments

On 1 January 2017, NWO will adopt a new organisation structure. Current funding instruments will remain unchanged until a decision about any change is taken. NWO will announce this change at least six months in advance. 2017 will be a transition year and the new funding instruments will become effective no later than 1 January 2018.


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