NWO Response to 2025 Vision for Science

28 November 2014

In ‘2025 Vision for Science choices for the future’, the Dutch Cabinet states that Dutch science has a healthy basis and that the Netherlands can be proud of its science and scientists. NWO shares the Cabinet's vision and emphasises the importance of opportunities for curiosity-driven and non-programmed research for a strong science sector. NWO agrees with the Cabinet that more collaboration and connection are needed to stay at the scientific top and to further increase the contribution to society. NWO has been requested to make a significant contribution to realising the ambitions that emerge from the science vision. NWO will wholeheartedly commit itself to realising these new tasks in addition to its current task of encouraging quality and innovation in science. The concrete elaboration of this task for the coming years will be incorporated in the new strategy for 2015-2018 that NWO will publish at the start of 2015.

NWO Response to 2025 Vision for Science

A new role for NWO

In the Vision for Science the Cabinet has announced a National Science Agenda that will connect the various agendas that have been diverging up until now. The National Science Agenda will respond to the challenges that offer the Netherlands important societal as well as scientific opportunities and will provide a source of inspiration for new research programming throughout the Netherlands. The knowledge coalition which consists of VSNU, Vereniging van Hogescholen, KNAW, TNO and research institutes were applied research, VNO-NCW, MKB Nederland and NWO, will take the initiative of drawing up the National Science Agenda under the leadership of an independent chairperson. An extra effort from NWO will be the coordination of this process by leading the secretariat.
Furthermore, NWO shall in consultation with the government and knowledge partners appoint a permanent committee that will have the task of formulating a national strategy for investments in large-scale research infrastructures. State-of-the-art facilities are becoming increasingly important for groundbreaking research and make the Netherlands attractive for scientific talent.

Maintaining the connection with scientific research

The important role of NWO in the new policy brings with it a strengthened strategic positioning that requires the necessary flexibility and decisiveness from NWO. Realising this task well will require changes to NWO's administrative structure and how it is set up as an organisation. These changes will be implemented with the utmost care and caution and for NWO an absolute condition in this process is that the connection with researchers remains. Only then can continuity be safeguarded and can we further build upon the success was achieved by Dutch science.

Source: NWO


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