Call with China on urbanisation and demographic change

Joint call of NWO and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

25 July 2019

NWO, through the Merian Fund, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) have launched a joint call for proposals on Urbanisation and Demographic Change. The call invites teams of Dutch and Chinese researchers, together with a public or private societal partner, to submit proposals for a new urban research agenda to provide the theoretical and empirical evidence-base for social innovations. The Dutch deadline for applications is 19 September.

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Urbanisation is a topic that is of great societal importance to both The Netherlands and China, and where collaboration between Chinese and Dutch researchers can create added value. This call in the Cooperation China-The Netherlands (NSFC) programme, from Dutch side under the Merian Fund,  aims to further stimulate high-quality joint, impact-oriented research between Dutch and Chinese researchers. Research proposals should be aimed at the following understandings:

  • the diversity in successive migrant cohorts, to support new ways of migration management and to identify innovations in the system of housing provision for young talent as well as for those that are under threat to losing their affordable housing and access to labour.
  • differences in the reconfiguration of family relations and the concomitant transportability of structures of provision between The Netherlands and China, to identify innovation in community-based approaches that contribute to the well-being of the residents and stimulate conviviality and harmony.


The deadline for joint proposals is 19 September at NWO and 20 September at NSFC.

About the Merian Fund

Within the Merian Fund, NWO funds interdisciplinary proposals in bilateral programmes with (emerging) science nations. The Cooperation China-The Netherlands (NSFC) programme is one such bilateral programme, in which Chinese and Dutch researchers work together to conduct high quality research to address challenges The Netherlands and China both face. The common thread in the Merian Fund programmes is research that supports the worldwide achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Domains and institutes of NWO and the Taskforce for Applied Research (NPRO-SIA) contribute from their own expertise, instruments and networks. WOTRO Science for Global Development is responsible for the implementation of the calls.

Source: NWO