First activities awarded in Science Diplomacy Fund

19 May 2020

NWO has awarded the first projects in its new Science Diplomacy Fund (SDF). Thirty-four teams will organise activities like workshops and exchanges with researchers and stakeholders from Brazil, China, Indonesia, India, Russia, South Africa or Turkey.

The new Science Diplomacy Fund aims to fund scientific activities that can potentially positively contribute to improving diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and partner countries. Activities like workshops, seminars, and exchanges also contribute to the visibility and international position of Dutch science, and to scientific cooperation between the two countries.

In the Science Diplomacy Fund, NWO works closely with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including embassies and consulates, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, including the network of innovation attachés, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The Fund is open for initiatives from all disciplines. Priority is given to collaborations with Russia and Turkey, and with countries with which NWO also works bilaterally in the Merian Fund: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and South Africa. Priority themes have been identified per country, though activities on other themes are also considered.

Vanuit het Science Diplomacy Fund werkt NWO nauw samen met het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, ambassades en consulaten, het ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat, het Innovatie Attaché Netwerk en het ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap. Aanvragen vanuit alle disciplines komen in aanmerking voor een subsidie uit het fonds. Wel wordt prioriteit gegeven aan aanvragen die samenwerking aangaan met Rusland en Turkije en met landen waarmee NWO al samenwerkt vanuit het Merian Fund: Brazilië, China, India, Indonesië en Zuid-Afrika.  Hoewel er per land thematische prioriteiten zijn geformuleerd, zijn activiteiten op andere thema’s ook toegestaan.

Awarded activities


Source: NWO