NWO launches new NWA call Economic Resilience of Women

20 May 2020

The Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) has made almost 3 million euros available for a new call for proposals for research by consortia into the economic resilience of women. The key question in this call is how the economic independence of women can be increased sustainably and which action perspectives stakeholders need to realise that.

If somebody earns at least the minimum wage, then that indicates financial independence. In 2020, women are still less economically independent than men. According to the most recent figures from Statistics Netherlands (2018), a good 51% of women are financially independent compared to almost 76% of men.

The call for proposals is now open and closes on 17 November 2020. The call is part of the NWA programme Economic Resilience of Women.

Priority will be given to the economic independence of women with a large distance to the labour market. The programme focuses on the entire ecosystem around the following three groups of economically vulnerable women:

  • Women on unemployment benefit
  • Women with insufficient income from paid work
  • Women without unemployment benefit and without paid work

In this call, the NWA encourages research in the form of living Labs. A living lab is a real-life setting that is suitable for carrying out research and experiments. From these living labs an overarching consortium will be formed in the autumn.

In view of the importance of obtaining insight into the aforementioned system issues as well as providing concrete action perspectives and the assessment of these, an effort will be made to form a consortium in which three substantively different living labs provide the basis for the research.

This overarching consortium will form the connection between systemic research and practice in a real-life setting and will examine the scalability of the action perspectives.


Dutch Research Agenda

On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, NWO has funded research in the context of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) since 2018. The aim of NWA research is to make a positive, structural contribution to the knowledge society of tomorrow, by building bridges and jointly tackling scientific and societal challenges. Thematic programming in collaboration with government ministries is one of the ways in which this is realised.

The aim of the thematic NWA programmes, which are realised in partnership with government ministries, is to find answers to current societal questions.

Source: NWO