Funding opportunities

Open calls


NWO Perspectief 2021/2022

Purpose is to contribute to the creation of economic opportunities for the Netherlands presented by the four societal themes and KETs in the mission-driven innovation policy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, by: 1. Developing scientifically excellent knowledge; 2. Building close and lasting alliances within consortia; 3. Creating more focus and mass (coherence) in research on thematic areas and KETs relevant to the Netherlands; and 4. Promoting valorisation of the resulting knowledge by users and end users. Ideally, the entire user chain should be involved, enabling the consortium to achieve social and economic impact. 
Total budget 22.8 M€; Project costs 4M max from NWO (max 6yr); Cofinancing 30% (including 7.5% cash) Deadline Phase 1: Programme initiative: 19 October 2021, Phase 2: Programme design: 23 November 2021
Phase 3: Programme proposal: 17 May 2022. More


Research infrastructure: national consortia (formerly: NWO Investment Grant Large)

The call is intended to finance equipment and data collections that enables innovative science. Applications can be submitted by consortia from all scientific disciplines. With this instrument NWO strengthens the Research Infrastructure (RI) available to the Dutch research community from all scientific disciplines. Research with, and exploitation of, the infrastructure is not financed.

Total budget 20 M€. NWO finances M€ 1,5 – 10 (minimum for social science: M€ 1) and institutes provide a 25% own contribution. Deadline for submitting letters of intent is Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 2:00 PM CET.
The application deadline is Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at 14:00:00 CET. 


ZonMw Create2Solve

Create2Solve is a call within the More Knowledge with Fewer Animals programme. The call supports the development of high impact animal-free innovations leading to marketable or applicable methods, models, and/or services or a combination of strategies. These innovations will improve human health, quality and relevance of research.

Total budget 600 k€, maximum budget of k€100,- will be available per proof of concept project. No more than six projects in total will be granted. Deadline January 6th 2022, 17.00. More


Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) Animal-free assessment models: acceptance and implementation

This call for proposals calls invites inter- and transdisciplinary consortia to contribute to further realising the acceptance and implementation of animal-free models, including the associated legislation, in an integrated manner.

Total budget €2,865,000, three applications of a maximum of €955,000 - with a maximum duration of five years - can be funded. Deadlines: October 7th 2021 (Pre-proposal); February 17th 2022 (full proposal). More


ZonMw’s Pluripotent Stem Cells for Inherited Diseases and Embryonic Research (PSIDER) programme

Researchers may submit proposals for studies of serious hereditary diseases and the development of alternative human embryo models for research into embryo development. All research projects will consider their ethical and social implications from the outset.

Project size max 150 K€, Duration 12-18 months, deadline September 14th 2021. More


KWF Dutch Cancer Society funding framework

KWF Dutch Cancer Society offers funding options for all research phases. In addition, KWF introduces guideline amounts for project budgets rather than maximum budgets; this means there is no longer a limit on the budget that can be requested for a project. Researchers can request what they need to take a new discovery/development through to the next phase.

The funding framework consists of various types of funding, which can be applied for during each research phase. The applicable funding and eligibility conditions depend on both the project’s current research phase and the type of funding applied for.

These funding types are available (for more info click on title of funding type):

Research Project
The funding type for research projects with a limited scope in terms of time and research groups.

Young Investigator Grant
The funding type for young, talented researchers.

Unique High Risk Project
This type of funding offers the possibility of performing short-term preliminary work on the basis of a good, but not entirely crystallised idea.

Consortium project 
Funding for research projects performed by or within more complex and/or bigger collaborations. 

Infrastructure initiatives
Funding for initiatives which support oncological research and a faster translation to concrete application for patients and the public.

Implementation projects
Funding for implementation of concrete applications, which are positively evaluated in clinical setting and show demonstrable added value compared to the current practice, into oncology policy and practice at national scale.


Open Mind call 2021 

The Open Mind call from NWO is open. Researchers often have plenty of ideas on how technology can be used to solve major societal issues and thereby help people, society and the world. The NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) now offers them a low threshold subsidy of 50,000 euro, called Open Mind. This gives researchers a year to work on their idea.

Total budget: 250 k€, Project size max 50 K€, Duration 1yr, deadline September 15th 2021. More


Topsector LSH match call

The Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH) encourages innovative research by (financially) supporting public-private partnerships (PPP) in the life sciences & health sector. With this Match Regulation, for-profit enterprises and research organizations are encouraged to jointly invest in research and development (R&D) with the aim of developing sustainable and innovative products and services within the LSH sector. The research should fit within the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda 2020-2023 of the Top Sector LSH.

Budget: dependent on the PPP allowance (max 4 yr), cofinancing dependent on type of research (15, 30 or 45%), deadline: 6 October 2021More


NWO CALL: Open Technology Programme

The Open Technology Programme focuses on technical-scientific research and is characterised by the absence of disciplinary boundaries. The Open Technology Programme aims to realize knowledge transfer between technical sciences and users, which is in line with the mission of the NWO domain Applied and Engineering Sciences. Research applications are tested on both scientific quality and the utilisation perspective. Both criteria are given equal weight in the decision-making process.

Total budget 23 M€, project size 850 K€ max, Cofinancing 25% of the excess above 600 K€, submission throughout the year, no deadline. More


NWO Open Competition Domain Science – XL

In the NWO Open Competition Domain Science - XL, consortia of researchers can apply for curiosity-driven, fundamental research in the research fields of the NWO Domain Science (NWO-domein Exacte en Natuurwetenschappen (ENW)).Through cooperation consortia create added value compared to separate smaller projects, such as ENW -M grants.

Total budget: 30 M€, Project size 1 - 3 M€, no cofinancing, Deadlines: Pre-proposal 20 May 2021, Full proposal 25 January 2022. More


NWO CALL: Key Technologies

The call Key Technologies (including Organ-on-Chip) is aimed at funding fundamental and application-oriented scientific research into technological breakthroughs to create economic opportunities for the Netherlands and to contribute to solving societal challenges.

Total budget 11 M€, Project size 750 K€ - 2.5 M€, Cofinancing 30%, Deadlines: Appropriateness statement 10 November 2020, Pre-proposal 19 January 2021, Full proposal 28 September 2021. More


Third CALL NWA-programme

The aim of the NWA research programme ‘Research along Routes by Consortia (ORC)’ NWA-ORC 2020/21 is to stimulate research and innovation aimed at the portfolio of the 25 routes and the associated 140 cluster questions in the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA). One of the routes is ‘Regenerative Medicine, game changer towards broad application’, including Organ-on-Chip.

Total budget 132,2 M€, Project size 0.5 – 10 M€, Cofinancing 10%, Deadlines: Announcement initiative 1 October 2020, Pre-proposal 14 January 2021, Full proposal 7 October 2021. More


NWO/ZonMw CALL: Living with dementia

The outcomes of this call are meant to contribute to the overarching mission objective of the Knowledge & Innovation Agenda (KIA) 2020-2023 Health & Care that by 2030, the quality-of-life of people with dementia has increased by 25%. New, still experimental technologies (e.g. “brain on a chip” technology) can also contribute.

Total budget 5.25 M€, Project size 2.9-3.1 M€, Cofinancing 15%, Deadlines: Pre-proposal 26 January 2021, Full proposal 31 August 2021. More


Horizon Europe 
Reference documents & work programme here

HORIZON-HLTH-2022-DISEASE-06-02-two-stage (opens 6 October 2021).
​Health; Destination 3: Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden.
Pre-clinical development of the next generation of immunotherapies for diseases or disorders with unmet medical needs

Scope: Immunotherapy is defined as a treatment able to stimulate or restore the ability of the immune (defence) system to fight infection, disease or disorder. It has proved to be a valuable medical treatment notably when preventive interventions are not available. Passive and active immunotherapies (such as antibody-based, RNA-based and cell-based therapies, respectively) are covered by this topic, which is aiming at the pre-clinical to first-in human development of next generation immunotherapies for unmet needs. 

Preclinical development and study of new immunotherapeutic agents in vitro and in relevant animal model(s) of the disease(s). This includes understanding of the therapy’s agent(s) mode of action, its toxicity, the development of related potency assay(s), and its/their validation in vitro and in vivo.

Project budget: 6M (Total budget 60M); Deadline: 1 February 2022 (1st stage), 6 September 2022 (2nd stage). More


HORIZON-HLTH-2022-DISEASE-06-03-two-stage (opens 6 October 2021)
Health: Destination 3: Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden
Vaccines 2.0 – developing the next generation of vaccines

Scope: Proposals should aim to diversify and accelerate the global vaccine research and development pipeline, and to strengthen the current leading role of the EU in vaccine research and development. Proposals should cover those pathogens, which still lack vaccines of sufficient efficacy, but where earlier efforts have already produced promising vaccine candidates.

Deciphering mechanisms of protection of candidates, new approaches to antigen discovery and immunogen engineering, reverse vaccinology, evaluation of vaccines in novel platforms and technologies, novel adjuvants, innovative vaccine manufacturing approaches, relevant animal models, evaluation of alternative vaccine delivery routes.

Project budget: 8M (Total budget 40M); Deadline: 1 February 2022 (1st stage), 6 September 2022 (2nd stage). More


HORIZON-HLTH-2022-DISEASE-06-04-two-stage (opens 6 October 2021)
Health: Destination 3: Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden
Development of new effective therapies for rare diseases

Scope: Proposals should aim to develop therapies for rare diseases with no approved therapeutic option. Proposals should focus on group(s) of rare diseases with commonalities, such as shared biological features, possibly within the same and/or across different medical areas within the rare diseases landscape. 

Develop and utilise relevant preclinical models and/or innovative tools/technologies to verify molecular/cellular pathways/genes that can be therapeutically targeted, to increase the confidence in the target selection and/or to perform toxicity studies. When using disease models the applicants should describe how well the model replicates the pathology or the human condition. 

Project budget: 8M (Total budget 60M); Deadline: 1 February 2022 (1st stage), 6 September 2022 (2nd stage). More


HORIZON-HLTH-2022-TOOL-06-02-two-stage (opens 6 October 2021)
Health; Destination 5: Unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society
Next generation advanced therapies to treat highly prevalent and high burden diseases with unmet medical needs

Scope: This topic aims to ensure that the next wave of advanced therapies, based on either pluripotent stem cells, gene editing or RNA, are established in a timely fashion and in accordance with the appropriate regulatory standards for further clinical testing. It will support preclinical research platforms for disorders with high prevalence and burden that tackle the bottlenecks currently encountered in the field, ensuring that promising advanced therapies can reach the market within the next decade. 

Method development for the production and differentiation of pluripotent stem cells (defined as cells that can give rise to cells from all three embryonic germ layers), to include defining appropriate potency assays. Complementary activities to assess mode of action, safety, in vivo validation or upscaling procedures could be considered. 

Project budget: 6M (Total budget 60M); Deadline: 1 February 2022 (1st stage), 6 September 2022 (2nd stage). More


HORIZON-INFRA-2022-DEV-01-01 (opens 19 January 2022)
Research Infrastructures; Destination: Developing, consolidating and optimizing the European research infrastructures landscape, maintaining global leadership (INFRADEV)
Developing the European research infrastructures landscape, maintaining global leadership

Scope: This topic aims at supporting the development of new concepts for the next generation of research infrastructures of European interest, single/multi sited, distributed or virtual, that none or few countries might individually be able to afford. All fields of research can be considered. Major upgrades of existing infrastructures may also be considered if the end result is significantly transformative and equivalent to a new infrastructure concept. 

New services and access opportunities available to the research community, allowing to better tackle scientific and societal challenges. 

Project budget: 1-3M (Total budget 21.8M); Deadline: 20 April 2022. More


Horizon Europe EIC Transition call

EIC Transition funds innovation activities that go beyond the experimental proof of principle in laboratory to supports both: the maturation and validation of your novel technology in the lab and in relevant application environments, and the development of a business case and (business) model towards the innovation’s future commercialisation.

 EIC Transition has open funding for projects in any field of science or technology as well as challenge driven funding on specific strategic fields. Single applicants (SMEs, spin-offs, start-ups, research organisations, universities) or small consortia (max 5 partners) may apply.

Total budget: €59.6 million.; Project budget: Grants of up to €2.5million and more are available to validate and demonstrate technology in application-relevant environment and develop market readiness. More



NWO CALL: Perspectief-round 2020/2021

This call focuses on stimulation of innovation with an economic and societal impact to solve innovation bottlenecks. Perspectief focuses on the following aspects: the development of new technology via a multidisciplinary approach, collaboration with and co-financing by users, specific activities aimed at valorization.

Total budget 22 M€, project size 1.5 – 4M€, Cofinancing 30% (public and private, no cash), Deadlines: Announcement initiative 22 October 2020, Pre-proposal + appropriateness form 15 December 2020, Full proposal 15 June 2021. More


NWO Open Science Fund

The Open Science Fund aims to support researchers to develop, test and implement innovative ways of making research open, accessible, transparent and reusable, covering the whole range of Open Science. With this call, NWO wants to stimulate Open Science by incentivizing and rewarding researchers who are or would like to be at the forefront of this movement.

Total budget: 1 M€, Project size 50 K€, maximum duration 1 yr, Deadline 18 May 2021. More


HiTMaT 2021 

The third HiTMaT Call of the Topsector HTSM is open. This is a competition between the best R&D proposals for high tech that offer solutions for societal themes and missions for the Netherlands. In 2020 60 research proposals have been submitted, of which 15 were nominated and 10 received seed money of 25 K€ each. 
Who has the best ideas this year?

Total budget: 250 k€, Project size max 25 K€, Duration 1yr, deadline May 18th 2021. More


3Rs student grants 2021

The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) supports students and young scientists with outstanding work in the field of alternative approaches to attend a high-profile scientific event. For each of the eligible events, a lump sum of €1500 is available. Two levels of grants are offered by the EPAA partners: 1 half grant (max €500)  and 1 full grant (max €1000).

Budget max €500 (half grant) or €1000 (full grant), Deadline July 12th 2021, More.


NWO, SGF, ZonMw, Topsector LSH CALL: Human Measurement Models 2.0: For health research on diseases and prevention

The overall aim of the programme Human measurement models is to facilitate the development of new, more efficient human measurement models for health research to ensure that research results can be applied better and faster in humans. The focus of the current call is to develop innovative human measurement models for disease research or the prevention of diseases, including toxicity studies. The results from health research and any developed model has to be applicable for multiple diseases and has to have an impact for multiple patient groups.

Total budget 5.55 M€, Project size 0.5 – 1 M€ (2-4 yr), Cofinancing dependent on the type of research (10, 30 or 45%), deadline: 3 November 2020. More