Human Capital: Future of Work

Researchers employed at Dutch universities and other knowledge institutions (see Call for Proposals for details) can apply for funding for research on learning communities in the context of Human Capital. The project consortium should also include partners from the logistics sector and education.


This call is a public-private collaboration with the top sectors (Logistics, Creative Industry, Social Infrastructure Agenda). In their Human Capital Roadmap 2016-2020, learning-work networks and lifelong learning/development are connected in the 'Learning Communities' (LCs) concept.
The objective of this call is to gather new knowledge and insight into how working in a concrete learning-work situation in the logistics sector can be optimally designed. More specifically, how an (existing, starting, or developing) LC can be designed or adapted to render work-based learning and innovation as a logical part of this. The call also intends to acquire new knowledge and insight into how the setup of an LC can contribute to the development and adaptability of the (learning) organisation.
This call aims for research within Learning Communities. Only research in the logistics sector can be financed. Educational institutions (secondary vocational (MBO) and/or higher vocational (HBO) and/or non-state-funded education) should be included and the learning-work networks should sufficiently display the characteristics of Learning Communities.

Who can apply

Researchers employed at Dutch universities and other knowledge institutions (see Call for Proposals for details) can together apply for funding. The project consortium should also include partners from the field from the logistics sector and education. 

A minimum requirement for each consortium is that at least one university research group and one educational institution (MBO and/or HBO and/or non-state-funded education) participate. Of course, one or more logistics companies must also be involved. The HRM department of the participating company / companies must play a recognisable role in the consortium.

Given the aim of the call, the consortium must have a multidisciplinary composition.

What to apply for

Applications may request funding between 400,000 en 500,000 euros. Applications are built up using a combination of modules (chosen by the applicant) concerning costs for personnel, materials and/or knowledge utilisation. 

At least 20% of the project budget must be in the form of co-funding. For the aforementioned funding limits, this amounts to between 100,000 and 125,000 euros in co-funding, respectively. The co-funding has a minimum cash component of 10% of the project budget and can therefore, in part, consist of in-kind contributions.

Each application must include at least 20,000 euros in the project budget for knowledge utilisation. In-kind contributions may be used for this purpose.

A maximum duration of five years (60 months) applies to all projects.

When to apply

There is no pre-proposal phase.

  • The deadline for submitting full proposals is Tuesday 10 September, 2019 at 14.00 hours CE(S)T



The assessment of applications will be based on three criteria:

  1. Scientific quality (weighting 50%). A.o. definition of the problem, research questions, scientific contribution, approach and methods
  2. Relevance for practice and knowledge utilisation (weighting 25%).
  3. Consortium (weighting 25%). A.o. expertise, multidisciplinary collaboration, participation of partners from the field, programme management.

A more detailed description of these assessment criteria can be found in the Call for proposals. 


A selection committee assesses all applications. The committee will consist of university researchers and experts in practice-oriented research with educational training expertise in learning-work networks. At least two referee reports will be collected per application; applicants will get the opportunity to respond to these with a rebuttal. The assessment of applications will be based on the assessment criteria, application, referee reports and rebuttal. The committee will rank all proposals. Assessment and ranking will result in an advice. The SSH Domain Board shall take a granting decision based on this advice.

More information

On Wednesday June 12, 2019 NWO will organise a matchmaking event for potential future applicants and (private) partners interested in building a consortium and writing a research proposal for this call. You can register here.

Contact at TKI Dinalog:

Liesbeth BrĂ¼gemann
T: +31 (0)76 531 5319



Open for application


10 September 2019 14:00

Grant type



2,375 million euros

Science area

Social Sciences and Humanities


Human Capital


Research (2019-2022)


TKI Dinalog


Mw. Channah Herschberg MSc. Mw. Channah Herschberg MSc. +31 (0)70 3494099