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More than €93 million for research projects into urgent issues with a broad range of collaborative partners

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11.27.2020

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A total of 21 consortia will work as teams on interdisciplinary research that will bring scientific and societal breakthroughs within reach. In the projects, the entire knowledge chain and societal organisations, both public and private, will work closely together. The projects receive funding in the second round of the Dutch Research Agenda Programme: Research along Routes by Consortia (NWA-ORC).

In total, more than €93 million has been made available. The Dutch Research Agenda is contributing 81 million euros, and (international) consortium partners are providing 12 million euros in the form of co-funding.

Broad collaboration on urgent issues

Productive interaction and active interdisciplinary collaboration within the knowledge chain and with societal parties are vitally important for achieving scientific and societal breakthroughs. Consortia of researchers and societal partners from the public, semi-public and private sectors are therefore working together intensively to shape, realise and apply research.

The projects awarded funding focus on questions from society, which form the substantive agenda of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA). These range, for example, from the evolution of black holes and the repatriation of colonial heritage, to water management at the foot of the Himalayas, a biological clock and a quantum computer in the cloud that can be used free of charge.

The consortia constitute a broad representation of knowledge and also societal partners. These range from public parties like museums, hospitals, universities and knowledge institutions from the Netherlands and abroad, to foundations, patient associations and other citizens initiatives, municipalities, provinces and government ministries. The private sector is well represented too.

Due to the postponed decision date of this funding round, NWO has resolved to increase the grant ceiling. By doing this, NWO is compensating applicants for the resultant higher costs for scientific personnel, which have changed in the intervening period due to an indexation of the salary scales.

Dutch Research Agenda

Commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), NWO has been funding research in the context of the Dutch National Research Agenda since 2018. The aim of the research in the Agenda is to make a permanent positive contribution to the future knowledge society by building bridges in the present and joining forces to address scientific and social challenges.

Steps are being taken to achieve this aim through an annual funding round by the NWA-ORC. This science-wide funding round focuses on enabling interdisciplinary research and innovation that can be used to bring social and scientific breakthroughs within reach.

Source: NWO

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