RAAK-public submission round November 2020

Funding for projects of Universities of Applied Sciences in collaboration with professionals working in the public sector. RAAK-publiek focuses on promoting knowledge to enhance the innovative capacity of professionals.


The Taskforce for Applied Research SIA, part of the Dutch Research Council (NWO), has the mission to stimulate the development of applied research at Universities of Applied Sciences and one means to achieve this is the RAAK-publiek scheme.

The RAAK-publiek scheme promotes cooperation between professionals working in the public sector and universities of applied sciences. The focus of the collaboration is on knowledge development and application. Driven by the demand from professionals, networks of universities of applied sciences and professionals carry out research.

The result of the research is practical knowledge for the professional practice. The research also provides a demonstrable contribution to the renewal of higher vocational education.

Who can apply

The applicant must be a government-funded university of applied sciences, as defined in Article 1.8 of the Law on Higher Education and Research Act (WHW).

The Executive Board (EB) of the coordinating university of applied sciences appoints the project manager (university employee) who is the contact person on behalf of the Taksforce for Applied Research SIA.

What to apply for

The maximum grant size is 300.000,- euro. The project duration is 18 to 24 months. Deployment of the subsidy beyond the duration of the project is not possible. The grant funds are intended for conducting applied research in accordance with the subsidized project application.

The participants co-finance the project with a contribution of at least 50% of the total project cost. The co-financing can be in-cash or in-kind. The extent of co-financing is specified in the application. Subsidization of (sub-)project activities already funded from other sources is not possible.

When to apply

  • Tuesday November 24, 2020, 14:00 CE(S)T, only complete proposals.



All proposals are assessed by an evaluation based on three criteria:

  1. Demand articulation
  2. Networking
  3. Research plan

For details, please check the manual RAAK-publiek indieningsrondes juni en november 2020, section .... (in Dutch).


The proposals are assessed according to three evaluation criteria: demand articulation, network building and research plan. Projects that pass all three criteria qualify for approval. A relative weighting is used for the three criteria: the research plan outweighs the other two criteria (50% vs. 25%). All projects receive a total score and are ranked based on the weighting. The remuneration of the approved project applications depends on the available budget.

24 November 2020 14:00: Deadline for submissions
January 2021

Meeting assessment committee

February 2021 Review and rebuttal
March 2021 Meeting assessment committee
April 2021 Determine assessment and decision on renumerations by executive committee SIA
April 2021





Open for application


24 November 2020 14:00

Grant type



Budget: 3,6 million euros. Maximum of 300.000 euro per project.

Science area

Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek


Research (2019-2022)


Maartje Harmelink Maartje Harmelink 0630184323 maartje.harmelink@regieorgaan-sia.nl