Incentive Fund Open Access - publications

With the Incentive Fund Open Access - Publications, NWO encourages the publication of research results. Until 1 January 2018 researchers have the opportunity to submit requests for this fund.


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 1 January 2018. On that date NWO will terminate its Incentive Fund for Open Access Publications and Conferences.



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.


The fund will be available until 1 January 2018. Prior financial commitments made to the fund remain valid.