Lange Termijn Programma's

Long-Term Programmes (KIC 2020-2023)

Strategy driven consortia with impact

Structural funding for sustainable collaboration

NWO offers the opportunity for strong public-private consortia to apply for funding for a ten-year programme.  This call for proposals is main line 3, STRATEGY, from the NWO contribution to the KIC.

  • In short

    • Call for strong public-private consortia
    • Proposals focus on mission-driven top sectors and innovation policy
    • Applications can be submitted to NWO between 9M€ and 25M€.
    • This is a grant for a ten-year programme
    • The NWO contribution constitutes 30% of the budget
    • The private cash contribution must be at least as large as the grant requested from NWO.
    • Knowledge institutions contribute financially
    • At least 3 knowledge institutions and at least 2 private parties participate in the Long-Term Programme
    • Only the NWO contribution is covered by the NWO modules - there is room to use other funding for activities with other parties
    • Deadlines:
      • At present, there is no open submission.
    • NWO makes a budget reservation for selected preproposals --> a well developed plan means NWO can contribute financially
    • Detailed proposals will be assessed individually for quality
  • Aim and objectives

    The NWO contribution to the KIC focuses on the mission-driven top sectors and innovation policy of the national government. In main line 3, proposals can be submitted that focus on topics from the KIAs of this policy. In a Long-Term Programme, activities can take place at scientific parties and other parties in the knowledge chain.

  • Budget and duration

    An LTP is characterised by intensive collaboration by multiple parties, who make a substantial contribution. The total budget of a Long-Term Programme (LTP) has a minimum size of 30M€ over the course of ten years, for which a grant can be applied for from NWO of between 9M€ and a maximum of 25M€. This NWO grant constitutes 30% of the total LTP budget and is equal to the private cash contribution to an LTP, which must also constitute 30% of the budget. The participating knowledge institutions jointly contribute 10% in-kind and/or cash to the budget. The remaining 30% of the budget can be filled in according to the need and character of the LTP. This can be private funding, but can also be additional public funding by, for example, a regional party. See also the pie chart below.

    The organisation of the next round is still under consideration. More will be known in mid-2022.

  • Collaboration

    With this call, NWO aims at large consortia that involve all relevant partners from the knowledge chain. That means that there is room for these partners both in the budget and in the execution of the research.

    Financially, this is possible because the project that can be applied for at NWO -30% of the total budget- is executed via the NWO Grant Rules, while the remaining 70% of the budget offers more room. NWO does impose boundaries on the spending of this remaining budget. For instance, 50% of the private cash contribution, on which the NWO funding is based, should be used for scientific research. Further boundaries can be found in the call for proposals. It is possible to spend part of the budget – but never the NWO funding – at other partners. This can be, for example, TO2-institutes or RKIs. In the budget form a consortium needs to specify what these activities will be and how they are financed. In the research plan, all activities in the LTP have to be described, also the activities that are not executed at a knowledge institute that can receive funding from NWO.

    The composition of the consortium and synergy between the different activities in the LTP are important in the assessment of the proposal. There is attention for collaboration between all relevant scientific disciplines that are necessary for the execution of the proposal and for participation of relevant parties from the knowledge chain. NWO encourages all interested parties to contact the KIA-teams of the societal challenges and/or key technologies for which their idea can be relevant.
    Because NWO finds it imperative that all LTPs have a solid ground in the participating knowledge institutes, applications have to be submitted by one of the knowledge institutes as described in the call for proposals. 

  • Process

    Setting up a large collaboration and realizing the financial commitment from all involved partners takes time. NWO has set up a process that fits the intensive and complex character of an LTP.

    All LTP initiatives have to be submitted online. The initiatives will be published on the NWO website. After that, a pre-proposal has to be submitted. These pre-proposals are assessed in competition by a broad committee, on the criteria impact and strategic importance, long-term perspective, scientific quality, and composition of the consortium. Based on the advice from the selection committee, NWO will select long-term programs that are eligible for submission of a full proposal. For these selected programmes, NWO makes a financial reservation. That means that when a full proposal meets the quality criteria, the LTP can receive funding from NWO. To optimize the financial reservations that NWO makes, these are based on the private cash commitment that a pre-proposal can realize. To submit a pre-proposal, a consortium has to have at least €900.000,- private cash commitment.

    The deadline for the submission of initiatives was January 26th, 2021. The deadline for submission of pre-proposals was May 27th, 2021. The organisation of the next round is still under consideration. More will be known in mid-2022.

    Process of submission and selection of LTP initiatives (click on the image to enlarge (pdf))
  • Quality

    All full proposals for long-term programmes are assessed on the four criteria mentioned above. This way, NWO guarantees to all partners that each research programme is of high quality. Each full proposal is individually assessed by independent, international referees and by an assessment committee. Therefore this assessment process for each LTP is started when the full proposal and consortium agreement are ready. NWO gives each selected pre-proposal a deadline of 12 months after selection to finish the full proposal and consortium agreement.