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NWO encourages excellent research in the NWO Domain Science (ENW). Various funding instruments are available to achieve this.

The NWO Domain Science (ENW) comprises seven disciplines: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Physics.

The Board of the NWO Domain Science wants to give ideas from the scientific field, which have the potential to grow into new communities around a theme, a chance to flourish. These ideas can concern fundamental research, public-private partnerships, or major societal issues. The spectrum of funding instruments in the NWO Open Competition ENW, in particular, makes this growth possible.

  • The board of the NWO Domain Science

    The NWO Domain Science has a Domain Board that is responsible for developing the policy. The Domain Board takes decisions about the awarding of funds.

    Members are pre-eminent professors in the domain of the exact and natural sciences at Dutch universities or research institutes. The chair is a member of the NWO-wide Executive Board. This Board is a collegial board. The members jointly represent the entire scope of science.

    The composition of the board (as of September 1, 2020) is as follows:

    • Prof.J. (Jan) de Boer (University of Amsterdam), Chair, also member of the Executive Board
    • Prof. I.C.W. (Ilja) Arts (Maastricht University)
    • Prof M.R. (Maarten) van Steen (University of Twente)
    • Prof. M. (Moniek) Tromp (University of Groningen).
    • Dr P.E. (Peter) Wierenga (former Philips)
    • Prof B.J. (Bas) Zwaan (Wageningen University & Research)


  • Round Tables

    The NWO Domain Science has appointed seven disciplinary advisory committees to facilitate an effective collaboration between the board, the office and 'the field'.

    The disciplinary advisory committees have been given the name 'round tables' and are made up of researchers. With the establishment of the round tables the research field has been organised in such a way that it can advise the board within the new NWO.
    Below you can find an overview of the tables.

    Round Table Astronomy (click here for more information)

    • Koen Kuijken, chair
    • Elisa Costantini
    • Søren Larsen
    • Sera Markoff
    • Raffaella Morganti
    • Ignas Snellen
    • Daphne Stam
    • Scott Trager

    Round Table Chemistry (click here for more information)

    • Patricia Dankers, chair
    • Rolf van Benthem
    • Matthias Bickelhaupt
    • Bernard Dam
    • Erik Garnett
    • Heleen Goorissen 
    • Syuzanna Harutyunyan
    • Joyce Lebbink
    • Johan Padding
    • Jana Roithová
    • Dirk Slotboom

    Round Table Computer Science

    • Josien Pluim, chair
    • Herbert Bos
    • Mark van den Brand
    • Lynda Hardman
    • Tom Heskes
    • Marieke Huisman
    • Marc van Kreveld
    • Inald Lagendijk
    • Patricia Lago

    Round Table Earth Sciences

    • Caroline Slomp, chair
    • Michiel van den Broeke
    • Corina Brussaard
    • Arwen Deuss
    • Henk Dijkstra
    • Suzanne Hulscher
    • Maarten Krol
    • Lucas Lourens
    • Bert Vermeersen
    • Wim van Westrenen

    Round Table Life Sciences (click here for more information)

    • Peter de Ruiter, chair
    • Guido Van den Ackerveken
    • Niels Anten
    • Liesbeth Bakker
    • Tansu Celikel
    • Joost Gribnau
    • Roos Masereeuw
    • Katharina Riebel
    • Reggy van der Wielen
    • Gijs Wuite

    Round Table Mathematics (click here for more information)

    • Jan Bouwe van den Berg, chair
    • Eric Cator
    • Sonja Cox
    • Luc Florack
    • Mathisca de Gunst
    • Valentijn Karemaker
    • Mark Roest
    • Walter van Suijlekom
    • Marc Uetz

    Round Table Physics (click here for more information)

    • Kees Storm, chair
    • Hans Geerlings
    • Sijbrand de Jong
    • Gijsje Koenderink
    • Bert Koopmans
    • Cristiane de Morais Smith
    • Britta Redlich
    • Kees Storm
    • Caspar van der Wal
  • Organisation Domain Science (ENW)

    The office of the NWO Domain Science realises the established policy and prepares new policy to support the Domain Board. The office is the first point of contact for researchers and connects the scientific field with NWO. It deals with funding applications, manages programmes and projects, and supports NWO steering groups and committees in the realisation of their tasks.

    Director of NWO Domain Science

    Arian Steenbruggen (Director)
    E: a.steenbruggen@nwo.nl

    Karin van Es-Baars (assistant)
    T: +31 (0)70 344 09 75
    E: k.vanes@nwo.nl

    Earth Sciences & Astronomy

    Martijn Deenen (Head of Department)
    E: m.deenen@nwo.nl
    Graciela Martinez (assistant)
    T: +31 (0)70 349 40 38
    E: g.martinez@nwo.nl

    Saskia Matheussen (Team Leader)
    T: +31 (0)70 344 05 49
    E: s.matheussen@nwo.nl

    Chemical Sciences & Physics

    Tanja Kulkens (Head of Department)
    E: t.kulkens@nwo.nl

    Marjolein van Veldhoven (assistant)
    T: +31 (0) 30 600 12 25
    E: m.vanveldhoven@nwo.nl

    Sandra de Keijzer (Team Leader)
    T: +31 (0) 30 600 12 56
    E: s.dekeijzer@nwo.nl

    Mark Schmets (Team Leader)
    T: +31 (0)70 344 05 37
    E: m.schmets@nwo.nl

    Arlette Werner (Team Leader)
    T: +31 (0)70 349 45 86
    E: a.werner@nwo.nl

    Charlotte Kuiper (Team Leader Secretariat)
    T: +31 (0)70 344 07 96
    E: c.kuiper@nwo.nl

    Life Sciences

    Marjolein Robijn (Head of Department)
    E: m.robijn@nwo.nl

    Somaria Kalloe (assistant)
    T: +31 (0)70 349 41 71
    E: s.kalloe@nwo.nl

    Annette de Deugd (acting Team Leader)
    T: +31 (0)70 344 06 21
    E: a.dedeugd@nwo.nl

    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Christiane Klöditz (Head of Department)
    E: c.kloditz@nwo.nl

    Liesbeth Gerritsen (Team Leader Secretariat)
    T: +31 (0)70 344 09 78
    E: l.gerritsen@nwo.nl

    Petra de Bont (Team Leader)
    T: +31 (0)70 344 06 77
    E: p.debont@nwo.nl

    Yvette Tuin (Team Leader)
    T: +31 (0)70 349 45 63 
    E: y.tuin@nwo.nl

    Strategic Partnerships

    Pieter de Witte (Head of Department)
    E: p.dewitte@nwo.nl

    Graciela Martinez (assistant)
    T: +31 (0)70 349 40 38
    E: g.martinez@nwo.nl

    Operational & Quality Management

    Kas Maessen (Head of Department)
    E: k.maessen@nwo.nl

    Martine Marges (assistant)
    T: +31 (0)70 344 05 90
    E: m.marges@nwo.nl

    ENW Coordinators

    • Maarten de Zwart – ENW coordinator public-private partnerships
    • Marcel Hoek – ENW coordinator Top sectors
    • Ruben Sharpe – ENW coordinator NWA (Dutch National Research Agenda)
    • Jeroen van Houwelingen – ENW coordinator Knowledge utilisation
    • Marijn Goes – ENW coordinator International Cooperation
    • Dick van der Kroef – ENW coordinator strategy
    • Alice Dijkstra – NWO coordinator Investment Grant NWO Large
    • Margot Snel -  coordinator ENW Open Competition
    • Nadine Mascini – ENW coordinator Veni
    • Martijn Los – ENW coordinator Vidi
    • Bernard Westerop – ENW coordinator Vici


  • Disciplines

    The NWO Domain Science (ENW) comprises seven disciplines:

    Please click the links for more information regarding the individual disciplines.



    Computer Science

    Earth Sciences

    Life Sciences



  • Strategy NWO Domain Science 2019-2022

    Based on the new NWO strategy and input from stakeholders, NWO Domain Science  drew up a strategic manifesto in 2018. In this document entitled "Off the beaten track", the board outlines the course for the NWO Domain Science over the next three years.

    The NWO Domain Science stimulates excellent research through research funding and setting the agenda. In this capacity it is the coordinator of natural sciences research in the Netherlands. The NWO Domain Science connects researchers with each other and with civil society organisations and industry. We do this by organising meetings and maintaining close contacts with researchers and stakeholders.

    At the bottom of this page, you will find a summary of the document in English. For further information please contact NWO Domain Science.

    Cover of "Off the beaten track"