Research Programmes
Grants Office

Grants Office

Current facets (Pre-Master)

What does the Grants Office offer?

The Grants Office is part of the ESL Research Office. The Grants Office provides information on grant opportunities. In addition, it offers support in developing, writing and editing your grant proposal. This can be done throughout the process of developing your research idea into a competitive grant proposal.

  • Information on grant opportunities
  • Content of funding programmes
  • Research policies
  • Financial, administrative and legal issues of funding programmes
  • Advice on developing your idea into a research proposal
  • Editing of and advice on (full) applications
  • Provision of standard texts for non-scientific parts (such as data management, open access publications, etc)
  • Proposal submission and contract negotiation, project management support
  • Support for the grant proposal (internal and/or external)
  • Coaching of funding prospects for individual career development

Information on funding opportunities

In addition to individual assistance, the information on grant opportunities can be found in the database Research Professional. It can be used as an eHelpdesk for compiling and executing individual fund raising searches. You can register yourself on the website. Below please see the shortlist of major national and European funding sources. 

National funding opportunities

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is an independent administrative national research council with statutory powers and duties. NWO allocates around €700M per year for scientific research. NWO focuses on five key areas of interest: Curiosity-drive research and talent, Thematic research and PPP, International collaboration, Large research facilities and National research institutes. Within these areas NWO plays different roles: financing, programming, bringing together, supporting and influencing.

NWO funds scientific research at Dutch universities and research institutes. NWO has several categories of funding instruments for researchers:

  • Large-scale, long-term research programmes
  • For individual researchers focused on encouraging talent
  • For the realisation and use of large-scale infrastructure
  • For curiosity-driven, non-programmed research
  • For research programmes focused on international collaboration and exchange
  • For knowledge dissemination and open access publication of research results

The funding instruments cover the entire spectrum of fundamental to applied research. The frequency of funding rounds varies per instrument. Please visit the NWO website for further information or NWO Funding for all funding programme information.

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland: RVO) helps with grants, finding business partners, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations. The target groups are: entrepeneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. More information on the different RVO subsidies and programmes can be found on this website. Please find below some information on relevant programmes and initiatives.

  • Innovation credit
    This scheme gives SMEs financial support for risky innovation projects. Only those projects are eligible which are technologically innovative and unique to the Netherlands. More information (in Dutch only).
  • WBSO (R&D tax credit) and RDA (Research and Development Allowance) Companies who perform R&D-projects can lower their R&D costs with the fiscal schemes WBSO and RDA. These schemes will be combined from 1 January 2016 onwards. More information (in Dutch only).

European funding opportunities

EU Research and Innovation programme 2014-2020 (Horizon 2020)

Horizon 2020 is the European Commission programme for financing European research and innovation projects. Through Horizon 2020, the European Commission aims at increasing Europe's competitive position by strengthening scientific knowledge and by stimulating innovation. In addition, the EC wants to challenge business and academia to collaborate in creating solutions for pan-European societal challenges.

For further information on Horizon 2020 Programme sections, please visit the European Commission website.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) is the National Contact Point (NCP) for Horizon 2020 in the Netherlands. For further information, see the European section of RVO website.


Erasmus+ offers a range of opportunities for Dutch organisations to access funding for education, training, youth and sport activities. Erasmus+ will also support transnational partnerships among Education, Training and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and mobility. It will also support Dutch national efforts to modernise Education, Training and Youth systems. Please visit the Erasmus+ website for further information.

Justice Programme

Justice Programme offers concrete financial support to various organisations specialised thematically in the area of justice. It focuses on the following key areas:

  • judicial cooperation in civil matters, including civil and commercial matters, insolvencies, family matters and successions, etc.
  • judicial cooperation in criminal matters
  • judicial training, including language training on legal terminology, with a view to fostering a common legal and judicial culture
  • effective access to justice in Europe, including rights of victims of crime and procedural rights in criminal proceedings
  • initiatives in the field of drugs policy (judicial cooperation and crime prevention aspects).

Please see more on the Justice Programme website.

For information on current calls and full list of funding programmes, please visit the Participant Portal.


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