Investment Grant NWO Large

The aim of the programme Investment Grant NWO Large is to stimulate investments in very advanced scientific equipment or innovative data collections of national or international scope.

Who can apply

The following knowledge institutions may submit proposals:

  1. Dutch universities;
  2. NWO and KNAW institutes (incl. the Dutch-Belgian Beamline at ESRF in Grenoble);
  3. KNAW institutes;
  4. the academic libraries;
  5. the Netherlands Cancer Institute;
  6. the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen;
  7. the Prinses Máxima Center in Utrecht;
  8. researchers at the DUBBLE Beamline at ESRF in Grenoble;
  9. NCB Naturalis;
  10. NL eScience Center;
  11. Advanced Research Centre for NanoLithography (ARCNL). 

What can be applied for

Investment Grant NWO Large is meant for the purchase of equipment and for setting up, linking and enriching scientific data collections. The NWO contribution is at least € 1,500,000 for all scientific fields with the exception of the  social sciences and the humanities, for which a lower limit of € 1,000,000 applies.

When can be applied

The next submission deadline was Tuesday 3 October, 2017 at 14.00 hrs.



Science and excellence case; innovation and strategic case; technical, business and management case.


A selection committee is given the task of carrying out the assessment. For all admissible applications, referees’ reports will be requested. Applicants will give their response to these reports. Applications with the highest chance of being awarded funding based on a provisional prioritisation will be interviewed by a delegation of the committee.


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