The Summit Grant offers research funding for ten years to scientific consortia that have proved in the course of their existing collaboration that they are among the absolute world leaders, or are very close to reaching that status and can make the leap to the very top with the help of this instrument. Consortia can be nominated by the boards of knowledge institutions.
The Summit Grant is intended for scientific consortia that have proved in the course of their existing collaboration that they are among the absolute world leaders, or are very close to reaching that status and can make the leap to the very top with the help of this instrument. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science’s aim with the funding for this programme is to promote research of exceptional quality and achieve major breakthroughs with the funded research.
The breakthrough should mark a significant shift, advance or insight in relation to existing ideas and methods, conceptual frameworks, tools or technologies. It is a programme for the long term (10 years), but the impulse it provides will also help to ensure that the selected consortia can retain and further develop a strong position in a particular field after those 10 years. The grants are intended for the entire spectrum of science.
Who can apply
The Executive Boards of universities located in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Executive Boards of the University Medical Centres, the KNAW institutes and the NWO institutes can nominate consortia to NWO. Please note! The maximum number of submissions that each Executive Board may submit is two. A consortium may only be nominated once. Applications must be submitted to NWO via its electronic submission system by the consortium’s principal applicant, who will be the main contact person for the programme.
A consortium must consist of more than four researchers in one or more disciplines. Only existing consortia, which can have been formed by Dutch research schools or by a team of influential researchers and research groups, may be nominated.
What to apply for
For an application in this call for proposals, a minimum of € 15,000,000 and a maximum of € 40,000,000 can be applied for. The duration of the proposed project is 10 years.
Funding can be requested for new and additional new costs directly related to the research programme or to the organisation of the consortium. This includes:
- new (and existing) personnel and material facilities;
- investments in equipment/infrastructure and other facilities up to a maximum of 25% of the requested contribution;
- management costs for the consortium for a maximum period of 10 years.
- The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is June 20, 2023, before 14:00:00 hours CEST.
- The deadline for submitting full proposals is January 23, 2024, before 14:00:00 hours CET.
More information see here.