Advance Notice Science Diplomacy Fund – Call for Ideas

23 December 2019

NWO is establishing a new fund that will be used to organise activities in the field of science diplomacy with countries that the Netherlands wants to intensify its diplomatic relations with. A first call for ideas will be published in January 2020.

Within the Science Diplomacy Fund (SDF), €150,000 is available for this call and proposals up to a maximum of €20,000 can be submitted. Applicants must be employed at a Dutch knowledge institution.

Possible partner countries

Within the SDF, specific budget will be reserved for two countries: Turkey and Russia. The remaining budget will be made available for science diplomacy activities in other countries outside of Europe, and priority will be given to countries with which NWO realises bilateral research programmes in the context of the Merian Fund: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa.


The activities funded by the SDF are science for diplomacy activities: scientific activities that make a positive contribution to the diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and the partner country. Activities must also contribute to the visibility and international position of Dutch science. Possible activities are scientific seminars/workshops or seminars/workshops at the interface of policy and science on subjects that contribute to improving the bilateral relations between the Netherlands and the partner country.

Implementation of NWO strategy

The establishment of the Science Diplomacy Fund is a further elaboration of the NWO strategy 2019-2022 “Connecting Science and Society”, in which NWO announced that it would deploy visitor grants and other funding instruments in a more strategic manner.

Source: NWO