Announcement NWO call Complexity – Creative Industry

20 July 2018

NWO is preparing a call in the area of Complexity, in cooperation with the top sector Creative Industry. In this new call the focus lies on research on complex, persistent societal problems that cannot be solved by traditional governance or design approaches. This round will be handled by the NWO domains Science and Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).


The aim of this call is to stimulate innovative, transdisciplinary research on complex, persistent societal problems that cannot be solved by traditional governance or design approaches. The call is in line with the theme document Grip on Complexity and the knowlegde and innovation agenda of the top sector Creative Industry, in particular chapter 5 ‘Design for Change’. This chapter aligns with the societal challenge ‘inclusive and innovative society’ and the NWA route ‘Op weg naar veerkrachtige samenlevingen’, a topic that the former NWO programme committee Complexity also selected as a priority.

Relation to top sector Creative Industry and public-private collaboration

This programme is part of the NWO-proposition for the top sectors and concerns public-private research collaboration. Project consortia should consist of at least one knowledge institution and at least one (semi)private partner.

In this programme cofinancing is required. For each project a mandatory cash contribution is required from the (semi)private partner(s). In addition, for each project a mandatory in kind contribution is also required from the (semi)private partner(s). 

Target group

This programme is interesting for knowledge institutions and (semi)private partners working on solution to complex systems problems. The call is aimed at complexity researchers in collaboration with researchers in Creative Industry, in particular researchers in disciplines that match the NWO Science and SSH domains.

Project size and budget

The size of the projects that can be applied for will probably be from k€ 200 to k€ 500. The NWO budget for this call is M€ 2.

Information and matchmaking

In the beginning of October an information & matchmaking event takes place. More information will be published in the news letter. Would you like to be informed? You can show your interest via

Preliminary timeline

Call open
September 2018

Information & matchmaking event
October 2018

Deadline preliminary applications
Mid January 2019

Decision NWO
Summer 2019

More information and contact

The precise conditions of the call will be published on the NWO-website. For more information, please contact Ms. Marieke van Duin or Sander Steeman.
Information about previous calls in the areas of Complexity or Creative Industry can be found on the programme pages:

Source: NWO