Open Technologieprogramma

Open Technology Programme

The Open Technology Programme is open to excellent research aimed at the possible implementation of the results. The programme offers companies and other organisations an easily accessible way of becoming involved in scientific research that leads to usable knowledge.

Scientists from all disciplines can submit proposals for application-oriented technical/scientific research. Several companies and partners can participate in a project by making a financial or material contribution. A user committee is set up for every project that is granted.

Always open to applications

The NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences, which is responsible for the Open Technology Programme, provides every project with funding up to a maximum of 850,000 euros. If the total project costs exceed 600,000 euro, co-funding by users is compulsory. It amounts to 25% of the sum in excess of 600,000 euro. In the Open Technology Programme, research applications can be submitted the whole year round. Several times a year, the Domain Board decides which research proposals will receive funding.

Features of the Open Technology Programme

  • Open to research projects in all disciplines
  • NWO’s maximum contribution is 850,000 euros per project 
  • Accessible way for companies to become involved in application-oriented research
  • Several companies and partners can take part in a project
  • NWO supervises the progress of the project

Assessment of applications

High scientific quality and usability are the two criteria according to which applications for the Open Technology Programme are assessed by international independent referees. The proposal, the reference comments and the reply are then scored on both criteria by an independent multidisciplinary jury consisting of 10 to 12 members. A ranking is determined based on these scores. The Board of the NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (formerly: STW) makes the final granting decision.