Universities of applied science can apply for €700.000 to finance long-term practice-oriented research.


RAAK-PRO enhances the quality (methodological and in relation to the content) of applied research and strengthens the research capacity of the relevant research groups. This is done by bolstering the long-term cooperative relationship with the national knowledge network and strengthening the position in the knowledge chain, based on the need that exists in practice. The collaboration is aimed at developing new knowledge and applying it.

Directed by the working field, systematic research is carried out in collaboration with knowledge institutions, universities and the industry/business&public sector. The results of the research are new knowledge and insights. These will be translated, in a systematic and structural way, into new methods of action alternatives for professionals. These demonstrably effect the education innovation, the professional practice and the knowledge network.

Who can apply

The applicant must be a government-funded university of applied science, as referred to in Article 1.8 of the Dutch Higher Education and Research Act (WHW).

The person submitting the subsidy application in ISAAC is deemed to be authorized for this purpose by the Executive Board of the applicant's university of applied sciences.

What to apply for

The maximum grant possible is €700,000. The duration of the project is maximum of 48 months. Deployment of subsidy outside the term is not possible. The intended project must start between February 1st, 2022 and July 1st, 2022.

The grants are exclusively intended for conducting practice-oriented research and implementing the project proposal. Costs of (sub-) activities that have already been financed from other sources is not possible.

Excluded are applications that focus exclusively on expertise promotion of staff, the development of a new education / new curriculum for the university of applied sciences and / or regular activities of a university of applied sciences.

When to apply

  • Deadline pre-proposal: January 12th, 2021
  • Deadline full proposal: May 18th, 2021



Applications are assessed by the assessment committee on the base of three assessment criteria: demand articulation, network formation and research plan. These are explained in the call for proposals.



RAAK-PRO works with an assessment committee and referees. The board of Regieorgaan SIA ultimately decides whether or not an application is granted. The timeline of the assessment is as follows:

January 12th, 2021

Deadline pre-proposals
February 2021 Meeting assessment committee
March 2021 Announcement advice assessment committee
May 18th, 2021 Deadline full proposals
May-June 2021 Review by external referees
Mid June 2021 Rebuttal referees
September 2021 Meeting assessment committee
End September 2021 Rebuttal
End September 2021 Meeting assessment committee 
November 2021 Adoption assessment and decision-making board NRPO SIA
December 2021 Announcement

More information

See website of the Taskforce for Applied Research SIA (in Dutch)



Open for application


12 January 2021 14:00

Grant type



Budget: 5.84 mln euro. Maximum of 80,000 euro per proposal.

Science area

Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek


Research (2019-2022)


Frank Karelse Frank Karelse +31 (0)6 11567154 frank.karelse@regieorgaan-sia.nl