Incentive Grants for Women in STEM

Incentive Grants for Women in STEM

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.

The more senior the position, the smaller that percentage becomes: just sixteen percent of science professors and fifteen percent of engineering professors are women (source: The Dutch network of Women Professors’ (LNVH) 2019 Monitor). Two ways of correcting this imbalance would be:

  1. To increase the inflow of women. To this end, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) has established an annual budget to fund additional Veni grants for women in science and technology.
  2. To reduce the outflow of qualified women. That is the purpose of this grant-based funding scheme: Incentive Grants for women in STEM. 

The aim of this grant-based funding scheme is to provide a solution for women who temporarily lack the funding needed to pursue their scientific and/or technical-scientific careers. Funding gaps like this, which can occur in many ways and for all kinds of reasons, are sometimes difficult to bridge. They cause many highly qualified women to turn their back on science and choose a different career. This scheme is intended to prevent this outflow. 

About the call Incentive Grants for Women in STEM
The purpose of this call is 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. An application can be submitted via the funding page.

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. See the funding page  for full details of the funding conditions. 

When can applications be submitted?
The call opens soon. Those wishing to submit a proposal in response to this call can do so at any time until 31 December 2020. 

Funding instrument for this programme

All grants