Science for Using Research (SURe)

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development is committed to strengthening the scientific basis of ‘knowledge brokering’ activities. Knowledge brokering comprises all of the activities and processes that facilitate the sharing and use of knowledge as well as the co-creation that takes place between research, policy and practice. This call for proposals focuses on research programmes that are being carried out for the Dutch Knowledge Platforms funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These Knowledge Platforms, and the calls for proposals and research projects that stem from them, deal with themes such as 'Water', 'Food and Business', 'Inclusive Development', 'Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights' and 'Security and the Rule of Law'.


By means of this call, postdoctoral researchers will investigate the effectiveness of different forms of knowledge brokering currently employed by research projects, but also how the Knowledge Platforms link research with policy and practice. Each selected project is to start with a systematic review, followed by an empirical phase. Applicants are encouraged to develop project proposals together with researchers from Low or Middle Income Countries or representatives of knowledge platforms. Besides providing new, scientific insights about knowledge brokering, projects are also expected to translate those insights into ways to improve the brokering approaches currently taken by research projects, research programmes and knowledge platforms. 

Who can apply

A research proposal can be submitted by an applicant who works as a professor, a (senior) university lecturer or a researcher at a comparable level at a Dutch university or a research institute that is recognised by NWO. Researchers from low or middle-income countries (LMIC) and representatives of any of the five Knowledge Platforms can be co-applicants. While involving such co-applicants is not mandatory, it is definitely preferable.

What to apply for

What can be applied for?
The maximum grant size is EUR 200,000 per project. The project should last at least 12 months but no more than 36 months. 

Funding is to benefit the project directly and may be used for the following: 

  • personnel costs: up to a maximum of EUR 140,000 for the appointment of one or more postdoc researchers 
  • material costs: up to a maximum of EUR 25,000 per year in the case of full-time use for research and knowledge-sharing activities (e.g. equipment, consumables, hiring experts in specific areas, travel and accommodation expenses)

When to apply

Applications can be submitted through 31 January 2017. 



Admissible proposals will be evaluated on the basis of two criteria:

  • Scientific quality 
  • Relevance 


To determine their eligibility, research proposals will first be assessed according to formal criteria. Eligible proposals will then be evaluated on the basis of the two main criteria mentioned above. Applicants will be given an opportunity to respond to the assessment reports. On the basis of those reports and any rebuttals from the applicants, the International Advisory Committee will advise the decision-making body of NWO-WOTRO, which will then make its decision.



Closed for application


31 January 2017 14:00

Grant type



EUR 700,000

Science area

WOTRO Science for Global Development


Science for Using Research (SURe)


Facilitating knowledge utilisation (2011-2014)

NWO in transition: changes funding instruments

On 1 January 2017, NWO will adopt a new organisation structure. Current funding instruments will remain unchanged until a decision about any change is taken. NWO will announce this change at least six months in advance. 2017 will be a transition year and the new funding instruments will become effective no later than 1 January 2018.


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