Call open: VerDuS SURF Pop Up 2019, 2nd round

Project proposals sought for knowledge and innovation in cities

4 July 2019

From 4 July onwards, researchers working on knowledge development and innovation in cities and urban regions can apply for funding in VerDuS SURF Pop Up. Funding can be requested for small projects with a maximum duration of 12 months. The deadline for submitting proposals is 26 September 2019. Researchers can apply for funding on behalf of a consortium.

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VerDuS SURF Pop Up is a response to the need for knowledge about new developments in urban regions and ad hoc proposals within the SURF themes. The knowledge development within VerDuS SURF ties in with the five societal challenges at the interfaces of spatial planning, living, accessibility, economy and governance. Proposals in the areas of "Living and the built environment" and "Economy", as formulated in the SURF programme study, and the complex spatial coherency in the developments of the societal challenges are particularly welcome. A proposal can focus on innovative scientific research, as well as knowledge transfer, the development of a tool, or another way of making research applicable.


Researchers can apply for funding on behalf of a consortium that contains at least one knowledge institution and one public or private partner. The funding is for projects with a maximum duration of 12 months and a maximum project budget of 50,000 euros, including co-funding.

The deadline for submissions is 26 September 2019 at 14.00 hours CEST. After the submission deadline, a selection procedure will take place in which the proposals received will be assessed in competition with each other. NWO aims to inform applicants about the funding decision about 14 weeks after the deadline.


The budget reserved for this round is 300,000 euros. This will be the last round for VerDuS SURF Pop Up.


VerDuS SURF Pop Up is part of the programme VerDuS Smart Urban Regions of the Future (SURF), which is part of the knowledge initiative Connecting Sustainable Cities (VerDuS). This is an initiative of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, NWO, Platform31 and the Taskforce for Applied Research (NRPO SIA) in the field of smart urban regions. The programme VerDuS SURF consists of projects of various magnitudes that contribute to the liveability of urban regions and in which there is an extensive consideration for knowledge utilisation and connecting society, science and policy.

Further information

The complete call brochure can be found on the VerDuS SURF Pop Up funding page of the NWO website. If you have any questions concerning the information provided above, please contact Maxime Verbeij.

Source: NWO