NWA-beeld-Programmapagina - Vernieuwing en Netwerken

Innovation and Networks (NWA)

On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), NWO has funded research in the context of the Dutch Research Agenda since 2018. This programme has four parts. Below, you will find information about Innovation and Networks.

  • Aim and objectives

    Networks: NWA routes

    The NWA has 25 routes. The 25 routes form self-organising networks that put important scientific, societal and economic questions in society on the agenda and investigate them. The routes are organised by route leaders and flagship leaders. Routes play a role in organising the field and ensure increased involvement along the entire knowledge chain, bringing together relevant consortium partners, facilitating knowledge utilisation, giving recognition to potential societal and/or scientific breakthroughs in the route and monitoring the key aims of the route and the NWA. Furthermore, with this approach, the routes ensure a programming effect within the research field. The routes can request funding to support their organisation.

    Innovation: Small projects for NWA routes 2020

    These small projects should contribute to relevant subjects for the route and should enlarge the scientific and/or societal impact of the route. In the first round, all NWA routes could submit proposals together with researchers from the scientific field. 

    Innovation: NWA Idea generator

    Besides facilitating connections between the entire knowledge chain, the NWA programme also focusses on innovation: the NWA as a stimulus for curiosity and inspiration throughout the Netherlands. Ideas are the basis for research and innovation: ideas can lead to highly promising new directions, but equally ideas that show that a different direction should be taken. Within the NWA, such ideas will be realised using the Idea generator.

  • Budget and duration

    In 2019, the budget for Innovation and Networks is 5.1 million euros. The budget for Innovation (the NWA Idea generator) is 3.85 million euros in 2019, and the budget for Networks (financial support for the routes) is 1.25 million euros in 2019.


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