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Popular grants for UT researchers

Here you can find an overview selection of the popular grants in the UT research community, based on past applications and UT research focus themes. Please reach out for assistance with your application or proposal preparations.

NWO Consortium Grants

Many NWO grant programs revolve around building a succesful consortium to perform scientific research and make an impact to societal or economic utilization. 


    The NWA ORC (Research along routes through consortia - Onderzoek op Routes door Consortia) funds research and innovation focused on the NWA routes, designed and implemented by interdisciplinary consortia spanning the entire knowledge chain, with a strong focus on relevant social partners. This procedure has multiple phases and three funding money bandwidths to apply for.

  • Perspectief

    The Perspectief programme is an instrument that allows consortia of researchers and businesses to apply for large-scale approaches to solve innovative bottlenecks that impacts society and economy. A Perspectief proposal consists of multiple phases and research projects and is obliged to include cash and in-kind cofinancing of industry. Proposals need to be part of one of the Topsectoren roadmaps.  

  • Zwaartekracht

    The Zwaartekracht (Gravitations) programme is for scientific consortia that have the potential to rank among the world's best in their field. Researchers must be carrying out innovative and influential research in their field. The programme brings together researchers from one discipline or from several disciplines in consortia to facilitate excellence and novelty in research in large-scale projects that can run up to ten years. This call opens bi-yearly and submission gone through the UT executive board. 


    Within the main line MISSION of the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) 2020-2023, a limited number of large thematic calls with a volume of between 5 and 15 million euros are developed each year. Within these mission-driven programmes researchers submit proposals for collaborative projects, with a budget of 750,000 to 4 million euros per proposal.

    One or two mission-driven programmes per year will be developed for each KIA on the basis of choices within the agenda. The respective KIA agenda's are: Key Technologies; Health and Care; Energy transition and sustainability; Agriculture, Water and Food; Security; Public earning capacity; Human capital. See the MISSIONS page, to see which calls are active on which KIA. 

Open competition grants

NWO facilitates non-thematic project applications in all domains; the so-called Open Competition. These grants can require large consortia or can be aimed at small collaborations.

  • Open Technology Program (OTP) in Applied and Engineering Sciences

    The OTP program is open to innovative research with a clear focus on application of the results in industry. The program offers companies and other organisations an easily accessible way of becoming involved in scientific research that leads to usable knowledge. Applications can be submitted throughout the year. 

  • Open Competition in Exact Sciences

    The Science Domain has an Open Competition with several options to fund one or more scientific positions, investments, and collaborations with other scientists.

    • ENW XS: This grant is open for university employees across the line: from postdoctoral researchers to full time professors. It and has several application rounds per year. It started in 2019 as a pilot where all applicants take part in the assessment of other XS proposals. It is meant for encouraging curiosity and new ideas in research as part of promising, high-risk projects
    • ENW M (previously called KLEIN): These grants are intended for realising curiosity-driven, fundamental research of high quality or scientific urgency. Researchers have the possibility to elaborate on creative and risky ideas and to realise scientific innovations that can form the basis for the research themes of the future. The KLEIN grants have a continuous application procedure. 
    • ENW XL (previously called GROOT): This grant gives researchers the opportunity and freedom to strengthen or expand excellent, challenging and innovative lines of research, as a part of a consortium for curiosity-driven, fundamental research. It is only open every two years. 
  • Open Competition in Social Sciences

    This curiosity-driven grant is for scientists who obtained their Ph.D.>15 years ago and is focused on a research question rooted primarily in the social sciences and/or humanities. The procedure has a pre-proposal and full proposal phase. There is one application round per year.  

  • Open Competition in Medical or Health Sciences

    This ZonMw Open Competition is a curiosity-driven research programme that gives the possibility to renew your research line, start new collaborations and preform innovative, groundbreaking science in the health domain. Innovative collaboration among new groups is a key criterion. Researchers with a PhD date >15 years ago are eligible to submit. The process involves a pre-proposal and full proposal phase.

Thematic calls

One-time calls usually have a thematic approach to explore a pre-determined topic. 

  • Incentive Fund for Women in Beta and Engineering Sciences (NWO)

    NWO has opened an Incentive Fund for Women in Beta & Engineering Sciences.

    Purpose - This call aims to retain women who are qualified in science or the engineering sciences, who would otherwise be forced to leave academia. To this end, this grant will support women who are temporary without funding but who, nevertheless, have good prospects of obtaining a more senior research or permanent position in beta sciences or engineering sciences.

    The call is open since Friday 8 May 2020; the budget is based on ‘first come, first serve’. 

    Eligibility - Women with a doctorate holding a fixed, permanent or no employment contract (foreign or Dutch), who are without funding and would like to hold a more senior position at a Dutch university or research institute.

    Criteria - You will need to show why bridging money is necessary for the continuation of your career in science. You need to make clear what your research plans are during the bridging period. In addition, the quality of your CV is taken into account. 

  • NWA- Health inequalities

    Promoting Health Potential of People with Lower Socioeconomic Status. Relatively large health disadvantages occur among people in a lower socio-economic position. How can this health potential be better addressed and utilized? The thematic program of the National Research Agenda makes € 4,835,000 available for empirical research into promising breakthroughs from a systems approach. A broad, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary consortium that encompasses the entire knowledge chain and within which knowledge institutions, social stakeholders and practitioners work together, can apply for funding for an extensive research program into achieving health benefits and avoiding health loss among people in a lower socio-economic position in society.

UT Grants

The University of Twente hosts three internal grants for its research employees to collaborate with hospitals in the region or private enterprises and one collaboration grant with the University of Münster (WWU).

  • Connecting Industries

    The University of Twente aims to further expand its partnerships with private enterprises in order to develop new technologies and to strengthen the public-private ecosystem of the university. To this end, the UT Connecting Industries calls were launched. Funding for this call will come from the Topsector HTSM, private enterprises and the University of Twente itself. Each year, the UT will decides if a new call will be opened.

    Who can apply?

    Main applicants and co-applicants are employed by the University of Twente. They should have access to sufficient university facilities and budget to carry out the project according to university standards. This call is open as well to researchers connected to the Fraunhofer Project Centre @ University of Twente and the Max Planck Center for Complex Fluidics.

    What can be applied for?

    Personnel (PhD students and postdocs) 
    Consumables and (purchase of) equipment directly needed for the execution of the project.
    Costs for travelling and other operational expenses for materials that are directly needed for the execution of the project.
    Cost for use of infrastructure.


    Call 11 is closed. Due to limited funding from TKI HTSM, call 12 will not be opened in 2020.

    More information

    Please contact for more information on this Connecting Industries call.

  • Pioneers in Health Care

    The Pioneers in Health Care Innovation Fund (PIHC) is all about technical solutions to overcome limitations in the current health care, or new medical applications of existing technology.

    With the innovation fund, the University of Twente, Saxion, MST, ZGT and Deventer Hospital are promoting bottom-up collaboration between the world of new technologies and medical practice with a view to facilitating the introduction of innovative technology in the clinic.


    Long-term collaboration

    The PIHC Innovation Fund aims to facilitate the introduction of innovative technology into the clinic and create long-term collaboration between parties. A bottom-up, project-driven approach is chosen in which clinicians and scientists jointly address specific clinical issues. Innovation vouchers are awarded to project teams as seed money that participants can use to test the feasibility of their ideas and evaluate the potential for developing them further. 

    Impact on health care

    By initiating the fund, the enormous research potential in the Twente and Salland region is directed towards improved patient care. The innovation fund will therefore ultimately benefit patients, not necessarily limited to the region. To ensure this impact on health care, the fund emphasizes the importance of valorization in its projects.


    Together, UT, Saxion, MST, ZGT and Deventer Hospital provide a yearly budget of €600,000 for the PIHC Innovation Fund and are committes to long-term continuation of the program.  

    Every year, a call for proposals is published for researchers of UT and Saxion and medical specialists MST, ZGT and Deventer Hospital. At the end of the year the innovation vouchers are awarded. Projects have to start within 6 months after the voucher has been awarded and the project duration is maximum 12 months.


    See the PIHC website for more information and opening of new calls.


    The University of Twente and Radboudumc have set up the Twente University RadBoudumc Opportunities (TURBO) program. With a grant from the TURBO program, research groups from both institutions can expand an innovative idea into a large research project. 


    The goal of a TURBO grant is to prepare a research project for the acquisition of larger external grants, for example from national and EU-funds or from companies that work in the area of health and technology. The collaboration between the University of Twente and the RadboudUMC will also stimulate the exchange of students and researchers and the sharing of knowledge and expertise.    


    Annually, four TURBO grants are awarded. These project-based grants of €80.000,- each will be awarded to four (preferentially) new collaborations between researchers from the University of Twente and Radboudumc. Grants are evaluated by a committee and selected on the basis of scientific quality, the odds of receiving additional grants, innovation and societal impact. 


    See the TURBO website for more information and opening of new calls.

  • UT-WWU Strategic Collaboration Grants

    Call for proposals for UT-WWU Strategic Collaboration Grants 2020-2021: Joint research initiatives of the UT and the University of Münster (WWU).

    The UT-WWU Strategic Collaboration Grants aim to support joint research initiatives that focus on strengthening the international reputation and standing of both universities and facilitating access to new stakeholders (e.g. relevant international strategic networks, industrial and governmental parties) and third-party funding.

    Within the framewok of the Strategic Partnership between the University of Twente and the University of Münster, the Executive Boards of the two universities have expressed their mutual interest in stimulating strategic joint research initiatives to enhance opportunities for collaboration.

    Each UT-WWU Collaboration Grant consists of up to € 80,000 (for a maximum of 12 months) to initiate or intensify bilateral research cooperations. The grant could be used to fund, for example, a (joint) position, special equipment, or networking events for the gathering of new consortia, or to secure the participation of industrial parties/companies in a joint, third-party funding application.

    The 2020-2021 Call for Applications to the UT-WWU Strategic Collaboration Grants will provide funding for three joint research initiatives. Academics from all fields of research at UT and WWU are invited to apply. Proposals that will enhance synergies between the two institutions are particularly encouraged.

    Deadline for submission is 5 October 2020 – 17:00 CET.

    Proposals accepted for funding are expected to start their activities in January 2021.

    Call text and proposal template can be found here:

Personal grants

The European Research Council and NWO facilitate personal grants for all career stages. Please see our Personal Grants page for more information.

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