Funding opportunities are numerous. You can apply for funding as an individual or a group, for all kinds of disciplines and to cover a multitude of activities. Therefore, naming them all is impossible. On this page, you can find an overview of some important research funding schemes.
It is possible to search for funding on your own, for example by using the tool Research Professional. Nevertheless, before applying for a research grant, we advise you to contact the funding officer in your school or Erasmus Research Services. They can help explore for which Grant schemes you are eligible and can explain the precise requirements for your funding application to you.
Aim This grant offers researchers who have only recently completed their doctorates the opportunity to develop their ideas during three years. Amount of funding The maximum grant is € 250.000. Target group Researchers who have recently been promoted, with a maximum of three years after having completed their doctorates More information NWO homepage for Veni Aim This grant targets researchers who have completed their doctorates and already spent several years conducting post-doctoral research, thereby demonstrating the ability to generate new ideas and bring them independently to fruition. They will be given the opportunity to develop innovative lines of research and to appoint one or more researchers to assist them in the task. Amount of funding The maximum grant is € 800.000. Target group Researchers who have completed their doctorates with a maximum of 8 years. More information NWO homepage for Vidi Aim
Vici is intended for senior researchers who have demonstrated the ability to develop innovative lines of research successfully and to act as coaches for young researchers. They will be enabled to build up their research teams, often in advance of a regular professorial appointment. Their lines of research must be given a structural place within the research institution.
Amount of funding The maximum grant is 1.5 million euros. Target group Researchers who have completed their doctorate with a maximum of 15 years. A researcher can submit a maximum of three Vici pre-proposals throughout his/her career. More information NWO homepage for Vici Aim Rubicon enables recently graduated scientists to carry out research at a top foreign institute for a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 24 months. For certain typically Dutch topics, there is also a limited opportunity to apply for a research period at an excellent Dutch research institute. Amount of funding Standard awards have been set and can be found on the website below. The eligible costs are salary including fringe benefits, travel costs, and research costs. Target group Postgraduates who are currently engaged in doctoral research or who have been awarded a doctorate in the twelve months preceding the relevant deadline. Applicants who are still engaged in doctoral research may only apply if their supervisor provides a written declaration approving their thesis. More information NWO homepage for Rubicon Aim This funding instrument offers researchers the opportunity to conduct curiosity-driven research with no thematic limitations. Researchers can apply for funding for different types of research projects: small or large grants, for an individual project or research groups. Research projects can have a disciplinary, interdisciplinary or cross-domain character. Amount of funding The grant can range from less than €100.000 up to a maximum of €750.000. Target group Senior researchers who can no longer apply for the Talent Schemes, who have obtained their doctorate more than 15 years ago and have a fixed or temporary appointment can apply for this grant. Applicants may only submit one application per year for funding by this instrument. More information NWO homepage for Open Competition SSH Aim Marie Curie Individual Fellowships aim to equip researchers with the necessary skills and international experience for a successful career and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. Amount of funding The grant usually covers two years' salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution. Target group Experienced researchers with a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience can apply for this grant. More information European Commission homepage for MSCA Aim ERC Starting Grants are designed to support Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. The ERC’s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe and to support investigator-driven frontier research by scientific excellence. Amount of funding The maximum grant is 1.5 million euros. Target group Researchers with 2-7 years of experience since completion of their PhD can apply for an ERC Starting Grant. Applicants must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity. More information ERC homepage for Starting Grants Aim ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. ERC’s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe and to support investigator-driven frontier research on the basis of scientific excellence. Amount of funding The maximum grant is 2 million euros. Target group Researchers over seven and up to twelve years of experience since completion of their PhD with an excellent scientific track record can apply for an ERC Consolidator Grant. More information ERC homepage for Consolidator Grants Aim ERC Advanced Grants are designed to support established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. The ERC’s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe and to support investigator-driven frontier research on the basis of scientific excellence. Amount of funding The maximum grant is 2.5 million euros. Target group Established researchers who seek long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project can apply for this grant. Applicants should have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years and demonstrate originality and significance of their research contributions. More information ERC homepage for Advanced Grants
Read more about Dutch funding opportunities.
Aim The Gravitation Programme targets scientific consortia that have the potential to rank among the world’s best in their field. Amount of funding
Funding can be requested for 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 as well as the costs of exploiting these up to a maximum of 25% of the requested contribution;
- Management costs for the consortium for a maximum period of 10 years.
In addition, the main applicant and up to five co-applicants can claim the costs of replacement personnel to perform their normal duties while they are doing research, subject to a limit of twenty percent of the total salary.
Target group Top researchers who are carrying out innovative and influential research in their field. The executive board of the university can only submit proposals. Please contact a grant officer for more information. More information NWO homepage for Gravitation
Read more about European funding opportunities.
Horizon 2020 is the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and it is the largest financial instrument of the European Commission aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. The programme will be running from 2014 to 2020 and has a budget of just over €70 billion. To increase European competitiveness H2020 is divided into three main pillars:
1. Excellent Science
2. Industrial Leadership
3. Grand Societal Challenges
The detailed structure is as follows:
Pilar I: Excellent Science
Pilar II: Industrial leadership
Market-driven: bringing technologies to the market
Pilar III: Grand Societal Challenges
Policy-driven: impact on society. Applied: top-down
32% of the total budget 22% of the total budget 39% of the total budget
- European Research Council Grants
- Future & Emerging Technologies
- Marie Curie Actions
- Research Infrastructures
- Key Enabling Technologies
- Innovation in SME's
- Access to Risk Finance
- Health, demographic change and well-being;
- Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry;
- Secure, clean and efficient energy;
- Smart, green and integrated transport;
- Climate action, resource efficiency raw materials;
- Inclusive, innovative and secure societies;
- Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.
Detailed information on H2020, its pillars and the specific sub-elements of each pillar can be found on the H2020 website of the European Commission.
Detailed information on open calls for proposals can be found on the Participant Portal of the European Commission.
Aim Marie Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) supports competitively selected joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by partnerships of universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs, and other socio-economic actors from different countries across Europe and beyond. Amount of funding Target group Experienced researchers with a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience can apply for this grant. The consortium must be composed of at least three beneficiaries established in three different EU Member States or associated countries. More information European Commission homepage for MSCA Aim Societal Challenges aim to bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines. It has identified seven priorities where targeted investment in research and innovation can have a real impact on benefitting the citizen. Amount of funding Dependent on the part of the researcher in the consortium. Target group Experienced researchers with a doctoral degree can apply for this grant. The consortium must be composed of at least three beneficiaries established in three different EU Member States or associated countries. More information Follow this link to the SSH-flagged topics. Aim
Research efforts can be essential to address major societal challenges. In some cases, these are so great that national research programmes cannot tackle them effectively on their own. Yet, the vast bulk of research programmes in Europe are run in an isolated way, leading to unwanted fragmentation or ineffectiveness. Joint programming aims to remedy this situation.
Amount of funding Target group More information
The SNIP provides financial support for the preparation of research and educational/teaching fund applications for:
Collaborative research and teaching in consortia of at least three partners;
Comenius teaching fellowship;
Comenius senior fellowship.
Amount of funding Dependent on the type of research for which financial support is asked. Target group Researchers who want to prepare for research or educational funding. More information SNIP homepage Aim
EUR Fellowships aim to provide researchers with the chance to carry out their research proposal that, despite receiving a good evaluation, could not be granted funding for budgetary reasons.
Amount of funding
€ 135.000 in case of Veni,
€ 150.000 in case of Vidi and ERC Starting Grant.
Target group Researchers who obtained their doctorate in the last eight years and who have submitted an acceptable proposal for a NWO Veni, NWO Vidi or an ERC Starting Grant, but who despite receiving a good evaluation, for budgetary reasons did not receive funding from NWO or the European Commission. More information
EUR Fellowships homepages:
Funds for travelling
Aim A visitor's grant is intended for the visit of a foreign researcher who makes an essential contribution to an ongoing Dutch research project. The visitor’s grants aim is to facilitate the cooperation between Dutch and foreign researchers. Amount of funding A contribution towards covering the accommodation costs and international travel costs. Target group Researchers with a tenured position (at least post-doc). More information NWO homepage for Visitors Travel Grant