Open Technology Programme

Researchers from all disciplines can submit proposals for application-oriented technical-scientific research via the Open Technology Programme. The goal of this programme is to realise knowledge transfer between technical sciences and users. For companies and partners it offers a low-threshold way to connect with application-oriented research. This can be done by making a financial or material contribution.

Please note:

you can submit an Open Technology Programme proposal under the conditions stated below until 31 December 2019 at the latest. From 1 January 2020 onwards, other conditions will apply, and other forms should be used. The new call text and forms will be available from the beginning of December onwards. The changes in the conditions are part of the harmonisation of funding instruments [https://www.nwo.nl/en/news-and-events/news/2018/01/nwo-to-simplify-its-research-funding.html] within NWO. More information can be found in this news article [https://www.nwo.nl/en/news-and-events/news/2019/11/open-technologieprogramma-changes-with-effect-from-1-january-2020.html].

Purpose

The Open Technology Programme focuses on technical-scientific research and is characterised by the absence of disciplinary boundaries. The Open Technology Programme aims to realise knowledge transfer between technical sciences and users, which is in line with the mission of the NWO domain Applied and Engineering Sciences. The Open Technology Programme offers a low-threshold way for companies and partners to join application-oriented research. Multiple companies and partners can participate in a project. Research applications are tested on both scientific quality and the utilisation perspective. Both criteria weigh equally in decision making.

Who can apply

Researchers from the following research institutes can submit applications:

  • Dutch universities (or similar positions at the university medical centers);
  • KNAW and NWO institutes;
  • the Netherlands Cancer Institute;
  • the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen;
  • researchers from the Dubble bundle line at the ESRF in Grenoble;
  • NCB Naturalis;
  • Advanced Research Center for NanoLithography (ARCNL);
  • Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology.

For companies and partners, the Open Technology Programme offers a low-threshold way to connect with application-oriented research. This can be done by making a financial or material contribution. Several companies and partners can participate per project.

What to apply for

For each project, the NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences contributes a maximum of 750,000 euros (including VAT). For projects with an investment character (> 250,000 euros in equipment), this contribution is a maximum of 1 million euros (including VAT).

The total budget of the Open Technology Programme for 2019 is 26 million euros (including VAT). Granting takes place six times a year, with an average of more than 4 million euros per round. In 2018 the awarding percentage was approximately 30 percent.

When to apply

The submission of research proposals within the Open Technology Programme is possible throughout the year.

Assessment

Criteria

Research applications are tested on both scientific quality and the utilisation perspective. Both criteria weigh equally in decision making. If the total project costs are higher than 500,000 euros, a contribution to the project costs (co-financing) by (one) user(s) is obligatory and 25% of the excess above 500,000 euros. The maximum duration per project is 6 years. For every project, setting up a user committee is mandatory.

Research applications must comply with NWO's requirements regarding data management. Researchers who use genetic resources in/from abroad for their research should inform themselves about the Nagoya Protocol.

Procedure

High-quality scientific quality and utilisation are the two criteria on which applications are assessed by international independent referees. The research proposal, the reference comments and the petitioners' reply form together a protocol. On the basis of the protocols, a jury determines a priority order. The Board of NWO Domain Applied and Enigneering Sciences takes the final award decision. Approximately 20 proposals are assessed at the same time.

The NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences strives for a processing period of 6 months of research applications that meet the formal requirements. With large investments or special infrastructural facilities, the time for assessment may increase. This also applies to research applications that require consultation on intellectual property.

More information

From 1 July 2019, the new employee rates with regard to the 'agreement on employership NWO / VSNU' are applicable. For NWO Domain AES, these rates are still without a raise for the risk of unemployment. For applications submitted after 30 June 2019, the new rates should be included in the financial planning. NOTE: In order to process the new rates in the budget in ISAAC, you do NOT have to place a check at 'I agree with the standard rates list'.

Details

Status

Open for application

Deadline

Continuous application

Grant type

Programmatic

Budget

Budget 2019: 26 million euros

Science area

Applied and Engineering Sciences

Programme

Open Technology Programme

Objective

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

Contact

Mw. S. (Shirley) Baert (Programmamedewerker) Mw. S. (Shirley) Baert (Programmamedewerker) +31 (0)30 600 13 26 s.baert@nwo.nl

Contact

Ir. Erwin Onderdijk (Senior programmamedewerker) Ir. Erwin Onderdijk (Senior programmamedewerker) +31 (0)30 6001290 e.onderdijk@nwo.nl