Both the Netherlands and Europe have compiled various agendas to tackle societal and scientific challenges. The importance of European Union policies for Dutch research and innovation policy has strongly increased in recent years. Collaborating with European partners benefits the quality and impact of Dutch research. It allows Dutch researchers to absorb new knowledge from abroad, which in turn strengthens the Dutch knowledge base. It increases scientific impact because publications that involve international collaboration have higher citation indexes.
With its framework programmes, the EU creates an additional research agenda for Dutch science. NWO participates in various committees at the European level and partly aligns its policy with that of the European Commission. In addition, NWO encourages collaboration between various Dutch parties that are active in European policy making. In addition, NWO stimulates cooperation between the various Dutch parties that are active in European policy making.
NWO will continue to participate proactively in important international networks such as Science Europe and the Global Research Council. The aim of this is to exert influence on international developments in science both within and beyond Europe. NWO also participates in intergovernmental organisations that focus on big science and large international research infrastructure.
Joint programmes with European sister organisations
NWO is in favour of a good alignment between the research programme of the European Union and the national research programmes within Europe. We support the efforts to realise a simpler research landscape in Europe. NWO will investigate the possibilities for setting up research programmes aimed at societal missions together with European research funding bodies. In these, NWO or a European sister organisation will act as the lead agency.