Purpose and objectives
NWO introduced the Incentive Fund in 2010 to finance open access publications and activities that bring attention to open access during academic conferences.
Budget and duration
On 1 January 2018, NWO has terminated its Incentive for Open Publications and Conferenceds. For this fund was a total budget of 2.5 million euros available, with for each research project a maximum of 6,000 euros. Researchers from a research project funded by NWO could submit a proposal for a contribution towards an Open Access publication like a scientific publication; a journal, book, volume or monograph. NWO will meet all of its prior financial commitments made to the fund.
To increase the supply of Open Access journals, NWO made a budget of 1 million euros available for start-up grants.
Senior researchers appointed at a research institute recognised by NWO could apply for a start-up grant until 4 October 2011. Ten grants were available. For the establishment of a new Open Access Journal a maximum of 45,000 euros could be applied for to cover a maximum period of three years. The start-up grant for an existing journal was 7500 euros per year up to a maximum of 22,500 euros for a three-year period.
Applications were eligible if the scientific quality of the journal to be established was safeguarded, there was a sound business plan and digital sustainability was provided for.
NWO continues to strongly advocate open access and open science. NWO works closely with many parties in this area in order to achieve the objectives set out in the National Plan Open Science. A common goal is to make it possible for all researchers in the Netherlands to publish open access by 2020.