Frequently asked questions

Public-private consortia can apply for funding for a Long Term Program (LTP) with a term of ten years. An LTP aims to structurally stimulate the development of a scientific field on subjects from the mission-driven top sectors and innovation policy.

  • Is this the only possibility to apply for an LTP?

    During this KIC period, NWO wants to publish two calls in main line 3. The current call is the budget for 2020 and 2021. That means that another call is expected in 2022.

  • Why does NWO require so much commitment with the pre-proposal?

    Based on the pre-proposal, NWO selects which LTP initiatives will be allowed to submit a fully elaborated plan. NWO makes a budget reservation for these initiatives. This means that NWO cannot fund any other research with the amount reserved. Therefore, when we select LTP initiatives, we need to be pretty certain that the consortium behind the initiative can successfully realise it.

  • Must the entire Long-Term Programme be described in the pre-proposal or only the part that NWO funds?

    All activities in the LTP must be described, the coherency between these explained and all activities must clearly contribute to the LTP’s overarching aim. It must be clearly stated which activities will be funded from the NWO grant.

  • Is just scientific research permitted?

    No, other activities may also take place. The NWO grant and at least 50% of the private contribution must be used to fund scientific and/or practice-oriented research (at universities of applied sciences). The participating knowledge institutions contribute 10% in-kind and/or cash. The remainder of the budget may also be used to realise collaboration across the knowledge chain. So part of the private contribution, and other funding, can be used to fund government knowledge institutions or TO2 institutions. Other activities are also possible. The contribution of each activity to the LTP’s objective must be clearly justified.

  • Which parties count as private parties?

    For this programme, NWO uses the Netherlands Enterprise Agency’s definition of a private party: all parties other than a research institution, including NWO and KNAW, and not a public body. Furthermore, for parties that receive both public and private funding it must be demonstrated that the funds made available come from private sources. In this context, the definition of a research institution is broader than the description provided in the NWO Grant Rules.

  • Is there an a-priori allocation over the KIAs?

    There is not a budgetary allocation across the six knowledge and innovation agendas of the Mission-Driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy. For each proposal it must be explained how the proposal will contribute to the mission-driven policy and, amongst other things, why that specific proposal should receive funding for ten years. It will also be examined whether the set of selected pre-proposals forms a good strategic entity.

  • May another grant be combined with an LTP grant?

    This is not automatically prohibited. NWO expects that an LTP will be funded by at least 30% from private sources and 10% by the knowledge institutions. NWO also funds that percentage to a maximum of 25 million euros. The remaining 30% of the budget can be provided as the consortium sees fit. For this, it must be clearly demonstrated which activities will be funded from these funds and how these activities contribute to the LTP.

  • May foreign parties participate in the consortium?

    Yes. In this regard, it is important to explain how this participation ties in with the (national) strategic importance of the LTP.

  • Why is joint funding being used in this call? How does this differ from co-funding?

    Co-funding is (usually) realised via NWO, and the use of co-funding must be in accordance with the NWO Grant Rules. Joint funding is not realised via NWO, and there is room to use part of the joint funding for other activities. That makes collaboration between several parties possible. For example, a contribution from the regional party can be used as joint funding.

  • What will happen if the budget of the LTP is so large that the maximum budget that can be requested from NWO is less than 30% of the budget?

    In that case, NWO will fund a percentage lower than 30%. The maximum size of grant that can be applied for from NWO is always 25 million euros. For a funding percentage of 30%, this means a maximum LTP budget of 83.3 million euros. A larger LTP may be submitted. For all LTPs, it must be convincingly demonstrated that the NWO funding is necessary for starting the programme. For LTPs where a relatively small part of the funding is requested from NWO, it is wise to devote explicit attention to this.

  • Why must an increase in the VSNU rates be included in the budget?

    An LTP must be about more than just appointing several PhDs on two occasions. There needs to be a clear build-up in the personnel and activities. Consequently, it will not be possible to appoint all personnel in the first year, which means that some of the personnel will have to be appointed according to a higher VSNU rate. These extra costs cannot be funded from the NWO grant. NWO considers it important to allow for this in advance so that all parties know how these extra costs will be financed. 

  • How does an LTP tie in with the growth funds?

    The National Growth Funds and the LTP are different funding instruments. Other public funding can be included in the budget of an LTP, although this must be specifically related to the LTP’s aim. All funding and activities in an LTP must contribute to the LTP’s overarching interest. For each initiative, it can be examined how the funding will be built up and where it is desirable to combine or link activities.