Call Incentive Grants for Women in STEM open

7 May 2020

Inclusion and diversity are important to science, both in terms of its quality and impact. In the Netherlands, women make up only a small percentage of the workforce in many science and engineering disciplines. For that reason, NWO today opens the call Incentive Grants for Women in STEM.

With this call NWO aims to retain women who are qualified in science or the engineering sciences, and to provide them with a stable launchpad for an academic career. To this end, this grant will support women who are temporarily without funding but who, nevertheless, have good prospects of obtaining a permanent or more senior research position (from Tenure Track) in science or the engineering sciences. This will involve providing financial support to research institutions, which will enable them to appoint a woman for a transitional period before she takes up that position. One example is when universities offer candidates a permanent or more senior position, but the position in question is not immediately available. The grant can then be used to bridge this ‘gap’.

Who can apply?

All women in Science or Applied and Engineering Sciences with a doctorate from the Netherlands or elsewhere can apply, whether or not they have permanent employment.

Available budget

NWO has made a budget of €3.6 million available to the domains of Science (ENW) and Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW) for 2020. This budget will be used to fund Incentive Grants for women in STEM. This annual budget is allocated by means of the ‘get it before it’s gone’ principle. If the available resources are exhausted before the end of the calendar year, then no further applications will be processed until the following calendar year.

What can be applied for?

With regard to funding proposals, in this call people can apply for total amounts ranging from €20,000 to €250,000.

When can applications be submitted?

Those wishing to submit a proposal in response to this call can do so at any time until 31 December 2020.

More information

More information about this call can be found here.

For questions about the Incentive Grants and this call for proposals, please contact: Eveline Mezger (ENW),

Source: NWO