NWO delighted about the extra investments in science and research

9 March 2018

On behalf of the Dutch government, the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, has made extra funding available for science and research. NWO is pleased with the boost that the Dutch Cabinet has now given to the scientific knowledge base of Netherlands so that it can tackle current and future challenges. Together with the other partners in the Knowledge Coalition, NWO had already called for greater investments in scientific research.

Investment agent leading

In line with the Knowledge Coalition’s investment agenda, the funding allocation assumes a balance between thematic programming via the Dutch National Research Agenda and a strengthening of the basis for science and practice-oriented research. Building further on the NWA Startimpuls, NWO will manage the annual programme of the Dutch National Research Agenda, which will have a budget of 130 million euros per year from 2020 onwards. Funding for the strengthening of practice-oriented research will be partly realised via the Taskforce for Applied Research (NPRO-SIA), which as part of NWO funds and encourages practice-oriented research by universities of applied sciences.

Scientific infrastructure

Over the coming years, the budget for fundamental research will gradually be increased to 200 million euros per year from 2020 onwards. For applied and practice-oriented research, an extra 50 million euros will be made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, as well as incidental funding for scientific infrastructure. The latter will allow for broader investments in large-scale research facilities. This also meets NWO's advice to satisfy the growing demand for digital infrastructures for Dutch researchers.

Reducing application pressure

NWO's efforts to reduce the application pressure experienced by scientific talent will be given an extra boost thanks to an additional 5 million euros per year to the budget for the Talent Scheme, NWO's funding instrument for curiosity-driven research and top talent.

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Source: NWO