61 million euros for collaboration between knowledge institutes and social partners to study urgent issues

12 June 2019

Starting today, more than 200 researchers and their teams can begin to work on social and scientific issues in close collaboration with public and private parties. This close collaboration will take place in 17 research projects, which will be officially launched on 12 June. It marks the first time that research is being funded by the Dutch National Research Agenda: Research along Routes by Consortia (NWA-ORC). A total of 61 million euros has been made available for this knowledge chain-wide partnership.

Broad cooperation on urgent issues

Active collaboration within the knowledge chain is extremely important to achieve breakthroughs. Consortia of researchers and social partners from the public, semi-public sectors and industry are therefore working intensively together to design, carry out and implement research. The awarded studies focus on matters such as urgent medical issues, matters related to youth and behaviour, climate change and our living environment, but also digital security and historical issues. The consortia includes a broad array of social partners, varying from public parties such as the Police Academy and Rijkswaterstaat to organisations such as the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals and the Red Cross. Industry is also represented, for example by Royal IHC, ABN AMRO and Bayer.

Research along Routes by Consortia

Commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), NWO has been funding research in the context of the Dutch National Research Agenda since 2018. The aim of the research in the Agenda is to make a permanent positive contribution to the future knowledge society by building bridges in the present and joining forces to address scientific and social challenges. Steps are being taken to achieve this aim through an annual funding round by the NWA-ORC. This science-wide funding round focuses on enabling interdisciplinary research and innovation that can be used to bring social and scientific breakthroughs within reach.

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Source: NWO