Consortia of researchers and public/private partners can apply for funding for logistics research that is focused on the new priority themes of the Top Sector Logistics.


The aim of this call is to fund high-level innovative research, which is transdisciplinary, international in orientation and focused on the new priority themes of the Top Sector Logistics: 

  • Sustainable logistics
  • Data driven logistics
  • Chain management. 

Research projects awarded funding should make a long-term contribution to the goals and ambitions of the Top Sector Logistics.

A list of prioritised topics can be found in Chapter 2 of the call for proposals. 

Who can apply

Applications are submitted by the main applicant on behalf of the project consortium. Main applicants (and any co-applicants) are researchers appointed for at least the duration of the application process and the project to one of the following knowledge institutes:

  • Dutch universities;
  • KNAW and NWO institutes;
  • Universities of applied sciences;
  • TO2 institutes (including TNO). 

More information about who can apply can be found in section 3.1 of the call for proposals. 

What to apply for

The minimum funding contribution that can be requested for a research project is 150,000 euros and the maximum funding contribution that can be requested for a research project is 400,000 euros. Funding can be requested to cover the following types of costs (modules):

Module 1: Personnel costs
Module 2: Material credit
Module 3 is not a part of this call
Module 4: Valorisation / Impact
Module 5: Internationalisation

Required cofunding

Private and/or public partners in the consortium should jointly make a contribution to the research that is at least equivalent to the amount of the funding requested from NWO. This means that the minimum co-funding is 50% of the total project budget. Co-funding may be in-kind only, but cash co-funding is also allowed.

When to apply

  • The deadline for submission of the mandatory Expression of Interest is Tuesday 30th of July 2019, 14:00 hours CEST.
  • The deadline for submission of full proposals is Tuesday 1st of October 2019, 14:00 hours CEST.



Expressions of Interest will not be assessed and are meant to gauge the interest in this call and organise the assessment procedure accordingly. 

The selection committee will assess full proposals based on the following assessment criteria:

  • Fit within the aims of the call
  • Quality
  • Consortium composition and knowledge valorisation


For the assessment process, the standing Programme Committee (PC) of TKI Dinalog will act as the selection committee for this call. All applications will be processed by this committee.


The administrative admissibility of all research proposals is determined at the NWO office based on the admissibility criteria stated in Section 3.5 and after the deadline for submitting proposals.


Based on the full proposal, the provisional recommendations of the selection committee, the rebuttal and the possible interview with the (main) applicant, the selection committee will establish a final assessment about the quality of the proposals in accordance with the criteria in Section 4.2, and it will establish a final ranking. Highest quality proposals will receive the highest ranking and, as a result, will be the first to be considered for awarding funding. Based on this, the committee will produce a motivated advice that will be submitted to the Board of TKI Dinalog.


The Board of TKI Dinalog will evaluate the assessment procedure and subsequently take a final decision about which proposals to award funding based on the advice of the selection committee.

Applications are only eligible for funding if they are qualified as "excellent" or "very good".



Open for application


30 July 2019 14:00


2.648.000 euro


Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat, Topsector Logistiek, TKI Dinalog


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