Transitions and Behaviour

Experienced researchers who hold a PhD can request funding on behalf of a consortium to do research into behaviour and behavioural change in the context of transitions.


The call "Transitions and Behaviour" focuses specifically on research into behaviour and behavioural change that makes transitions possible and accelerates these. As a society, we face a large number of challenges in areas such as mobility, climate change, healthcare and sustainable energy. In tackling these challenges, it is important to strike a balance between technology and society. Besides technological developments, human activity is also a significant determinant in the chances of the necessary transitions succeeding, whereby due consideration must also be given to the possible side effects of changes that can hinder the transition desired. 

Therefore the aim of this call is to encourage interdisciplinary research into behaviour and behavioural change in transitions. The research agenda for this programme focuses specifically on the transition issues identified by the various top sectors. For example, the research could focus on questions such as: ‘Which role does the deployment of behavioural change play in making logistics more environmentally friendly?’, or ‘How can entrepreneurs realise more sustainable behaviour in relation to energy?’. In this way, the research will provide a contribution to the societal and economic development of the Netherlands in general and the various participating top sectors in particular.

Who can apply

Funding can be requested by experienced researchers who hold a PhD and who are appointed at a Dutch university or a research institute recognised by NWO. Co-applicants are also researchers who hold a PhD with an appointment at a Dutch university or a research institution recognised by NWO. 

Collaboration between at least two researchers and at least one private party is a condition for funding. This matching contribution from the private partner can be jointly provided by several private parties. A part of the matching contribution can also be provided by a public party.

What to apply for

The minimum funding contribution that can be requested for a research project is 500,000 euros and the maximum funding contribution that can be requested for a research project is 1,000,000 euros. Funding can be requested to cover the following types of costs (modules):

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

When to apply

  • The compulsory pre-proposals should be received by NWO before 23 April 2019, at 14:00 hours CEST.
  • Full proposals should be received by NWO before 25 June 2019, at 14:00 hours CEST.



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

1. Scientific quality of the research proposal (weighting 35%)
2. Quality of the consortium (weighting 35%)
3. Relevance and knowledge utilisation (weighting 30%)


Submitting a pre-proposal via ISAAC is compulsory. This will be assessed by the NWO office for fit and admissibility. The outcome of this assessment step will be an advice. 

Full proposals
All full proposals will be submitted to independent, international referees. The applicant will subsequently be given the opportunity to respond to the anonymised comments/advisory reports by means of a written rebuttal.

A selection committee appointed by the NOW SSH Domain Board will assess the proposals submitted and documents related to these (referees' reports and rebuttals) in conjunction with each other and on their own merits based on the selection criteria for this call for proposals.

The NWO SSH Domain Board will take a decision about awarding or rejecting proposals based on the awarding/ranking advice of the selection committee.




Temporarily closed for application


23 April 2019 14:00

Grant type



8.400.000 euro

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences Social Sciences and Humanities Applied and Engineering Sciences Health Research and Development NWO-wide


Transitions and Behaviour


Topsectoren Creatieve Industrie, Logistiek, LSH, Agri&Food, Water&Maritiem, Energie, BBE, HTSM en ICT.


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