Partnerships (KIC 2020-2023)

Through Partnerships in the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) 2020-2023, a number of knowledge and / or development issues from external private and/or public partners are elaborated each year, with a size of between 3 and 10 million euros. The partner(s) matches the NWO contribution in cash, which is between 1.5 and 5 million euros. Researchers can participate in a thematical Partnership (through Demand-driven Partnerships for Partners), or can initiate a Partnership with a consortium (through Demand-driven Partnerships for Consortia).

Partnerships summarised

  • Annual scope for a number of knowledge and / or development issues from external private and/or public partners
  • Project size between 3 and 10 million euros
  • NWO contribution: between 1.5 and 5 million euros
  • The partner(s) matches the NWO contribution in cash
  • Initiation by private and/or public parties or by consortia
  • Selected partnerships are worked out by the initiating party and NWO
  • Annual budget: 15 million euro
  • Aim and objectives

    Within this KIC instrument, a limited number of demand-driven partnerships are developed each year that focus on the knowledge or development issue of a private or public partner. The NWO contribution for a partnership is between 1.5 and 5 million euros and is matched equally in cash by the public, private or combination of public and private partners. For partnerships, the minimum joint private/public contribution is set at 50%, of which at least 30% is contributed by private parties. The typical size of a partnership is between 3 and 10 million euros. There are two ways of entering in a partnership:

    1) Demand-driven Partnership for Partners: through this desk, a public or private partner can submit an initiative to NWO, including co-financing. After selection by NWO, the partner will work out a thematic call for project proposals in co-creation with NWO.

    2) Demand-driven Partnership for Consortia: via an open call, a public-private consortium formulates an initiative, including co-funding, that an applicant submits to NWO on behalf of a consortium. After selection by NWO, the consortium will develop the initiative into a coherent public-private project proposal.

  • Budget and duration

    Budget (year): 15 million euros

  • Impact

    Because this main line is strongly demand-driven, there is no annual budget for each Knowledge and Innovation Agenda (KIA): the available budget of 15 million euros is earmarked for all KIAs. The allocation of resources will take place across the KIA. NWO uses an weighting system for this, in which impact (economic, societal and scientific) and (national) cooperation in particular will be heavily weighing criteria.

  • Demand-driven Partnerships with Partners

    For more information on Demand-driven Partnerships with Partners, please e-mail the contact persons via kic-partnerschappen@nwo.nl. For more information on Demand-driven Partnerships with Consortia, please e-mail to kic-consortia@nwo.nl.