New call for Caribbean research now open

9 August 2019

The new multidisciplinary call for the NWO Caribbean Research programme is open for applications. This call, with a budget of 7.18 million euros, comprises a special approach. NWO is seeking two programme chairs who will each set up a multidisciplinary research programme: one with a focus on socio-cultural issues and based in the Leeward Islands, and one focusing on natural-science issues and based in the Windward Islands.

In 2018 the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Science and Culture extended the term of the NWO Caribbean Research programme by five years. The emphasis is on strengthening research in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. NWO aims to achieve this goal by means of two major multidisciplinary research programmes that will be carried out and anchored in the region itself.

This call for proposals is intended to recruit two researchers (Programme Chairs), who will use a personal grant to set up and lead research groups in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. They will initiate and guide research in collaboration with regional and local organisations, structures and people. The two Programme Chairs will gather research teams around them, work together with relevant researchers and institutions within and outside the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and, above all, further develop intersections between the two cited areas of focus.

Two programmes

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Both research programmes need to address problems and knowledge issues in the Caribbean region. The results must be of scientific and societal importance to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. In one of the programmes the focus will be on social sciences and humanities in the broad sense. This programme is expected to be based at the University of Aruba or the University of CuraƧao. The other programme will focus on natural-science issues in the field of environment and nature, and is expected to be based at the CNSI research institute on St. Eustatius. The source of inspiration for both programmes is provided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, in particular the concept of Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). An important element in the programmes is the transfer of knowledge through education and outreach.

The deadline for submitting the mandatory pre-proposals is Thursday 14 November 2019. In the subsequent elaboration of a full proposal, applicants may make use of the Caribbean Knowledge Agenda (now under development). NWO is formulating this agenda partly on the basis of a public survey that is currently open to persons and institutions in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.

Source: NWO