Sustainable Living Labs Phase 2: Lighthouse projects

NWO and TKI Dinalog have decided to facilitate the development of a number of Sustainable Living Labs with an NWO Responsible Innovation approach for the Top Sector Logistics in which a clear connection is sought with the Top Sector Water & Maritime and the Top Sector Energy. Funding can be requested to further develop, set up and realise these living labs with a consortium that has a strong interdisciplinary composition. Please read the call for proposals for more information.

Please note: In mid-November 2018 the application form for this call has been changed on two points. NWO asks applicants to use the adapted application form.

  • Adjustment 1:  A limit on the word and pagecount is stated. The following has been added: Please note: a total limit of 10 pages (5000 words) applies for question 3a.
  • Adjustment 2: The following (in bold) has been added to highlight the Responsible innovation approach: Describe the following topics: scientific quality (including the demand articulation from practice and the responsible innovation approach) and the scientific method.

The adapted application form has been at the bottom of this funding page and in ISAAC since mid-November 2018. For questions and comments, please contact Anthony Gadsdon ( 


The purpose of this call (phase 2) is to use the available funds to set up innovative living labs in which research will be carried out and experiments performed. It concerns so-called 'lighthouse projects', which are expected to be a combination of innovative fundamental, applied and practice-oriented research of a high level. Due to their visibility, these projects will contribute to the application and scaling up of the insights and solutions developed, and accordingly result in structural changes. Innovation in the transport and mobility system will be the main objective of every project.

Who can apply

Applications for Lighthouse projects are submitted by the main applicant on behalf of the project consortium.

  • The main applicant is a senior researcher at a Dutch university, a lector at a university of applied sciences or a senior researcher at a TO2 institute or an NWO or KNAW institute.
  • Public and/or private stakeholders may not submit an application themselves but may be part of the project consortium. Stakeholders must be part of the project consortium. Besides public and private stakeholders who might want to be closely involved, the consortium also consists of other stakeholders (such as residents. foundations, etc.) and it is important that they also contribute ideas to the innovation and implementation during the project.
  • Collaboration with researchers from other knowledge institutions: at least one sub-project is realised by researchers employed at a different university, research Institute (TO2) or university of applied sciences than the main applicant. Researchers from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are involved in the consortium.

Please read the call for proposals for more information.

What to apply for

Funding can be requested to set up and design a living lab in which research shall take place. This includes data collection, data processing, research, knowledge transfer and management of the consortium. The maximum grant per proposal is €  2,000,000. The minimum grant that can be applied for is €  1,000,000. In addition, co-funding 33% (1/3) must be provided for the total project budget. When applying for the maximum grant, the total project budget would therefore amount to at least €  3,000,000.

A living lab application consists of two sub-budgets. Each sub-budget has its own budget form (Excel). The two sub-budgets jointly form the budget for the living lab. 

Please read the call for proposals for more information.

When to apply

  • The deadline for submitting proposals was 19 February 2019, at 14:00 hours CE(S)T.

When you submit your application to ISAAC you will also need to enter additional details online. You should therefore start submitting your application at least one day before the deadline of this call for proposals. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.



I Quality
A. Question and objectives
B. Approach and methods

II Relevance / Impact
A. Scientific relevance
B. Valorisation and dissemination
C. Relevance for everyday practice

III Consortium formation: composition of the consortium

Additional criteria for the ranking committee

Please read the call for proposals for more information.


Applications that satisfy the conditions for submission will be considered by the international selection committee. Interviews are a part of the assessment procedure. The selection committee will assess the application using the criteria described below.

If a large number of proposals are submitted then a pre-selection will be made prior to the interview round. Based on the assessment criteria, the selection committee will draw up provisional recommendations. These recommendations will be sent to the main applicant before the interview. The main applicant will be invited for the interview together with a maximum of two consortium partners. The final selection will take place on the basis of the application, the provisional recommendations, the presentation of the applicants and the interview.

In case of many submitted proposals the programme committee may decide not to invite all applicants for an interview. When this happens there will be made a provisional prioritisation based on the provisional advise of the committee and the rebuttal of the applicants.  Subsequently the highest prioritised applications, which received a minimum qualification of ‘very Good’, receive an invitation for the interview. 

The international selection committee will assign a qualification to each application: excellent, very good, good or unsatisfactory and will issue an advice with a ranking. Only applications with a qualification  "excellent" or "very good" are eligible for funding and will be prioritised by the ranking committee. 

The ranking committee will establish the ranking of the proposals based on the qualifications from the selection committee and policy considerations. Policy considerations concern the regional and thematic spread (see Section 2.3), spread over the three top sectors involved and alignment with the aim of this call (see Section 2.2). See Section 4.2 for the criteria which will be applied by the ranking committee. With this approach the committee will realise the richest selection of proposals for sustainable living labs possible.

The advice from the ranking committee (the ranking) and advice from the selection committee (the qualifications) will be submitted to the mandated members of the NWO Science Domain Board, the NWO Social Sciences and Humanities Domain Board, the Taskforce for Applied Research NPRO-SIA and TKI Dinalog. Based on the advice received and the available funds these mandated members will decide the final qualification and take a decision about whether to award or reject the living lab proposals concerned.

Please read the call for proposals for more information.

More information

For information and background on this call please see the website



Closed for application


19 February 2019 14:00

Grant type

Cooperation and Exchange


The total budget for this Sustainable Living Labs Call phase 2: Lighthouse project is 12,775,000 euro

Science area

Social Sciences and Humanities Exact and Natural Sciences Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek


Sustainable Living Labs


Thematic research and public -private partnership (2015-2018)


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