Cooperation China-The Netherlands (CAS)

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and NWO invite consortia in which researchers from knowledge institutions from the Netherlands and China work with societal partners from public, semi-public and private organisations, to submit proposals for research on green cities.


There is an increasing trend to design multi-functional spaces in urban areas. This Call asks how increasing multi-functional green spaces in the city can make a valuable contribution to making a city more liveable. The presence of green spaces in the city, on its own, has already been shown to have a positive effect on the well-being of the citizens living there, ranging from improvements in emotional wellbeing to clear physical health benefits. But urban green spaces can and should serve different functions at the same time, in order to optimally use the available room in the city.

The collaborative research financed in this Call is intended to work towards scientific knowledge and innovative solutions with high scientific and societal impact. At the same time, it aims to stimulate strong, sustainable research collaboration between China and the Netherlands.

Who can apply

Eligible consortia are composed of researchers based in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and in China, with active involvement in the project of a senior Principal Investigator (PI) on both the Dutch and the Chinese side. Consortia should span the knowledge chain.

Consortia must include:

  • A senior Dutch Principal Investigator;
  • A senior Chinese Principal Investigator from a CAS institute or CAS university;
  • A co-applicant from a Dutch research institute;
  • A co-applicant from a CAS institute or CAS university;
  • A public, semi-public, or private practitioner partner.

For conditions on who can apply, see section 3.1 of the Call for Proposals. All consortium partners, as well as relevant stakeholders, are expected to be engaged in all phases of the project execution, from its inception to sharing the (emerging) results.

What to apply for

Consortia can apply for funds for a project with a maximum duration of four years. A maximum of 700,000 euros can be applied for from NWO. Similar funding is available from CAS. For more information regarding what is available from CAS and what costs can be reimbursed, please see the Chinese Call for Proposals on the CAS website.

The NWO part of the budget is built up using the NWO-wide standardised building blocks, the so-called modules. These modules are described below. In the proposal budget, applicants choose which combination of modules are needed to answer the research question and how often each module will be deployed. The following modules are available for an application within this round:

1  Personnel
2  Material Credit
4  Valorisation/Impact
5  Internationalisation

When to apply

  • Full applications should be submitted by 21 January 2020, 14:00 CET (NWO) / 21 January 2020, 16:00 CST (CAS). 

Please note that applications must be submitted on time to both CAS and NWO. 



Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the research proposal
  2. Quality of the consortium
  3. Potential scientific and/or societal breakthrough

The criteria carry equal weight and each count for one-third of the final assessment. Please see section 4.2.2 of the Call for Proposals for a further breakdown of the criteria.


The procedure will be conducted through the NWO system, ISAAC. As such, all correspondence regarding input for the procedure will go to the Dutch Principal Investigator.

All eligible proposals will be assessed by external experts (reviewers). These reviewer reports be made available to the consortium via the Dutch Principal Investigator. The consortium then has the opportunity to write a response to the reviewers' comments, which must be uploaded via the Dutch Principal Investigator's ISAAC account. 

The application, reviewer reports and response will then be submitted to an International Advisory Committee. NWO and CAS will jointly compose this IAC. All applications are assessed in competition by the IAC, according to the criteria specified in paragraph 4.2.2 of the Call for Proposals. The IAC will formulate a funding advice. The NWO-WOTRO Steering Committee and the Board of CAS will take a provisional decision based on the advice of the IAC regarding the applications to be awarded. The decision is final when both boards have reached the same decision. 

More information

Researchers at CAS institutes can contact Ms GONG Haihua for more information (+86 10 6859 7396; Please also see the Chinese version of the Call for Proposals on the CAS website.



Open for application


21 January 2020 14:00

Grant type

Cooperation and Exchange


1,4 miljoen euro

Science area

WOTRO Science for Global Development NWO-wide Social Sciences and Humanities Applied and Engineering Sciences Exact and Natural Sciences


Cooperation China-The Netherlands (CAS)


Research (2019-2022)


Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ms. GONG Haihua, +86 10 6859 7396,


Mr. drs. Berry Bonenkamp Mr. drs. Berry Bonenkamp +31 (0)70 3494416