Following initial highly successful first phase in which NWO worked in conjunction with six Dutch ministries, NWO has now developed NWO-MVI to help improve the innovation policy within the topsectors.

MVI Board

The MVI Board is responsible for the global coordination of the programme. After advice from the Advisory Board, the MVI Board decides in selection rounds which applications will be awarded funding.

  • Mw. Heleen Bos, Rijk Zwaan Breeding BV
  • Em. prof. dr. Rietje van Dam-Mieras
  • Prof. dr. Jeroen van den Hoven, TU Delft
  • Prof. dr. Saskia Lavrijssen, Universiteit  van Amsterdam/ Universiteit van Tilburg
  • Dr. Kees Linse (verschillende functies, waaronder: Raad van Toezicht Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum, Raad van Toezicht TNO, Commissie voor de Milieueffectrapportage)
  • Prof. dr. ir. Anthonie Meijers, TU Eindhoven
  • Prof. dr. Tsjalling Swierstra, Universiteit Maastricht
  • Prof. dr. ir. Peter-Paul Verbeek, Universiteit Twente

Advisory Board

For the assessment of funding applications, the MVI Board appoints the members of an Advisory Board. This board advises which applications should not be funded. The Advisory Board also advises on (all) other aspects of the funding round. The Board consists of both scientific and social members.

Members for the 2016 round were:

Scientific members

  • Prof. dr. Armin Grunwald, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Prof. dr. Oliver Bendel, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switserland
  • Dr. Frans Brom, Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR)
  • Prof. dr. Harro van Lente, Maastricht University
  • Dr. Linnet Taylor, Tilburg University

Societal members

  • Ir. Bertrand van Ee, until recently CEO Climate-KIC / CEO Royal HaskoningDHW
  • Drs. Kitty van der Heijden, Director World Resources Institute (WRI Europe)
  • Dr. Pim Lindhout, Solynta (director R&D)
  • Paulette van Ommen MSc, DSM Corporate Sustainability

Young MVI

Young MVI is formed by young researchers from ongoing or recently finished projects. They form a sounding board for specific MVI projects, share their best practices with other researchers, can be asked to advise the Board and are involved in general NWO-MVI activities.


  • Dr Nikki Aarts, Erasmus Medisch Centrum
  • Dr Eline M. Bunnik, Erasmus Medisch Centrum
  • Dr Johanna Höffken, TU Eindhoven
  • Dr Lotte Krabbenborg, Radboud Universiteit
  • Dr Wouter Boon, Universiteit Utrecht
  • Dr Koen Beumer, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


  • Paulien Snellen MSc, secretary (from 1 August 2017)
  • Marlies van de Meent MSc, senior advisor
  • Sabine Zinsmeister MSc, communications