More than 14 million euros for 18 research schools

2 October 2013

Eighteen research schools have each received 800,000 euros from NWO for the training of young researchers. With the financial boost the research schools can each offer four starting researchers the opportunity to develop their own ideas. The funding is part of NWO's Graduate Programme, aimed at encouraging the formation of excellent research and education environments for talented young researchers.

More than 14 million euros for 18 research schools

Within NWO's Graduate Programme research schools and graduate schools can apply for funding. A total of 32 schools applied for funding and 18 of these have now received a grant of 800,000 euros for the appointment of 4 PhD students. With the funding the graduate schools can further strengthen the education and research programmes for the development of young scientific talent.

Freedom for starting researchers

Graduate schools are part of one or more universities/institutes and focus on talented students who are interested in an academic career. During their master's study they can already familiarise themselves with doing research at the research schools. The graduate schools can attract the most talented students from the Netherland and elsewhere and from these the researchers with the most potential can be selected for a PhD position.

The excellent education and research environments have been developed according to the example of the most successful initiatives worldwide.

List of awards

The research schools that received funding are:

  • Amsterdam Institute for Molecules, Medicines and Systems-STAR programme (VU )
  • COBRA Photonics (TU/e)
  • Education and Research in Advanced Materials (RUG)
  • Erasmus Graduate Programme Infection & Immunity (EMC)
  • Innovation by integration of Regenerative Medicine and Technology (UMC)
  • Interuniversity Graduate School of Psychometrics and Sociometrics (UL, UvA, RUG, UT, UvT, UU)
  • Graduate Programs Computer Science and Mathematics: Honors Track on Data Science (TU/e)
  • Graduate Programme Game Research (UU)
  • Graduate Programme Oncology Graduate School Amsterdam (VUMC, NKI, AMC)
  • Graduate School of Translational Neuroscience (UM)
  • Graduate School of Life Sciences, PhD programme Epidemiology (UMC)
  • Graduate School of Behavioral and Social Sciences (RUG)
  • Netherlands' MAgnetic Resonance Research School (RU, WUR, UU, UL, TU/e)
  • Netherlands Research School for Medieval studies (RUG, UL, UU,UvA, VU, RU)
  • QBio-CLS: Training a New Generation of Scientists in Quantitative Biology (UU)
  • SOM research institute and graduate school of the Faculty of Economics and Business (RUG)
  • TRAIL Research School (TUD, EUR, UT, TU/e, RU)
  • World Archaeology (UL, RUG, UvA, VU)

69 research schools

The Graduate Programme was developed by NWO at the request of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). This is the fifth year in which funding has been awarded. A total of 69 schools have now been able to appoint additional PhD students.


About NWO

With a budget of 625 million euros per year, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is one of the biggest funding bodies for scientific research in the Netherlands. NWO promotes quality and innovation in science by selecting and funding the best research. It manages research institutes of national and international importance, contributes to strategic programming of scientific research in the Netherlands and brings science and society closer together. Research proposals are reviewed and selected by researchers of international repute. More than 5000 scientists can carry out research thanks to funding from NWO.


Source: NWO