Transition to a circular and emission-free building industry

This thematic programme of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) focuses on realising breakthroughs and developing action perspectives that contribute to the transition of the construction sector, and to renovation projects in particular.

  • Aim and objectives

    The building sector faces considerable challenges in the coming decades. In 2050, the built environment must not only be emission-free, but also circular. The aim of the 'Transition to a circular and emission-free building industry' programme is to realise breakthroughs and develop action perspectives that contribute to the transition of the building industry, and to 'renovation projects' in particular.

    The programme focuses on existing buildings and invites interdisciplinary consortia to investigate how buildings can be renovated in a circular and emission-free manner by studying a concrete case at the street or neighbourhood level. Societal and technical perspectives of circular and emission-free construction are jointly included.

  • Budget and duration

    The call for proposals will be launched in the summer of 2021. A budget of €2,865,000 is available for this call. From the available budget, a maximum of two proposals can be awarded funding with a maximum budget of € 1,432,500 each and a maximum duration of 5 years.

  • Partners

    This programme is initiated by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK).

  • Committees

    NWA thematic programmes have two committees: a supervisory committee and an assessment committee.

    Supervisory committee

    An advising supervisory committee is composed for each NWA thematic programme. This committee is responsible for the supervision of the programme as a whole and its projects. It monitors the potential synergy between the various projects, their progress and the results achieved in relation to knowledge utilisation. The supervisory committee can also play a role in stimulating productive interactions between consortia, policy and practice.

    The participating government authorities are represented in the supervisory committee, together with a delegation from the research and societal partners. Important stakeholders can also participate in the supervisory committee, for instance because they represent the field of expertise and/or can stimulate knowledge exchange and knowledge sharing with practitioners.

    Assessment Committee

    An independent committee assesses the pre-proposals and the full proposals. Following the NWA approach, the assessment committee has a broad composition. This means that not only scientists but also representatives from the entire knowledge chain and societal stakeholders can become a member of the assessment committee. The participating government authorities are not represented in the assessment committee, but are allowed to be present as observers during meetings.


Teun van Haaren

Teun van Haaren - NWA
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