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Open calls

  • Individual grants

    NWO Women In Science Excel Programme (WISE)

    The Women In Science Excel Programme (WISE) provides talented female scientists with an opportunity to develop or expand their own research group at one of NWO's institutes, incl. the Nederlands Studiecentrum Criminaliteit en Rechtshandhaving, which focuses on crime and law enforcement research, using an interdisciplinary approach.

    Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time.



    Open Call Lowlands Science 2024

    Collecting research data for three consecutive days at a festival with over 50,000 potential test subjects. A collaboration with festival organizers, artists and scientists makes that possible. It creates innovative forms of science that provide unique data for research. Data not easily obtainable within a research institute.

    Deadline: Proposals can be submitted through a form on the Lowlands site starting the second week of February.



    NWO Vici SSH 2024

    The Vici target group consists of researchers at the stage of consolidation and further development of their leadership/research group. Vici is aimed at senior researchers with academic qualities that clearly exceed what is customary within the international peer group, as well as established leadership- and mentorship skills. Candidates may only submit an application if they have obtained their PhD in the fifteen years preceding the benchmark date of this round, 1 March 2024.


    • Closing date pre-registration: 12 March 2024 14:00 hrs
    • Closing date full application: 10 September 2024 14:00 hrs



    Novak Award

    The Novak Award, provided by the Acton Institute, recognises scholars early in their academic career whose academic work shows outstanding potential. Applicants studying theology, religion, philosophy, history, law, politics, economics or related fields must demonstrate the potential to advance understanding in the relationship between theology and the principles of a free and virtuous society. Such principles include recognition of human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty and freedom in economic life.

    Deadline: 15 March 2024



    NIAS Fellowships

    A NIAS fellowship provides a great opportunity for researchers to further advance and deepen their work, broaden their international network and be exposed to a wide variety of methodological, epistemological and theoretical approaches in the social sciences, humanities, arts and life sciences. At NIAS scholars can carry out curiosity-driven research as a member of an interdisciplinary community of researchers and artists.

    Deadline: 18 March 2024


    Distinguished NIAS Lorentz Fellowship



    NWO Open Competition-XS SSH

    This programme enables researchers who received their PhD in the social sciences and humanities between five and ten years ago to carry out innovative projects. This programme is explicitly about curiosity-driven, cutting-edge research and the ability to quickly analyse a promising idea. With a grant of up to €50,000, researchers will have the opportunity to lay the foundations for a new line of research. They can also carry out research to develop methods or set up a collaboration or network. Applications are made anonymously, so the evaluation is based solely on the research idea.

    Deadlines: There will be three rounds of €3 million each in 2024:

    • Round 1: 19 March 2024 14:00 hrs
    • Round 2: 27 August 2024 14:00 hrs
    • Round 3: 15 October 2024 14:00 hrs



    NWO Rubicon 2024

    Rubicon allows talented researchers who recently obtained their PhD in the Kingdom of the Netherlands to gain experience at a foreign knowledge institute for a period of 1-2 years.

    Deadline: Each year, Rubicon has three funding rounds with deadlines. The deadline for the first round of this year is 26 March 2024 14:00 hrs.



    Independent Social Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellowships

    The ISRF Mid-Career Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to fund mid-career social scientists conducting innovative research which seeks to break with existing explanatory frameworks so as to address afresh empirical problems with no currently adequate theory or investigative methodology. The fellowships provide funding to buy-out the cost of teaching and associated administration at the fellow's home institution for up to 12 months.

    Amount: £ 85,000 (€ 99,485)

    Deadline: 28 March 2024



    NWO Hop-On Call for Researchers Based in Ukraine: NWO-NRFU Partnership Initiative 

    NRFU and NWO have agreed on cooperation and joining forces. Scientists in Ukraine will have the opportunity to cooperate with scientists in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and thus continue their scientific careers under difficult conditions. 

    Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time from 11 September 2023. Closing date full application: 8 April 2024 14:00 hrs



    Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Grants

    The Gerda Henkel Stiftung (Gerda Henkel Foundation) provides financial support for the historical humanities, including the history of law, through prizes, grants and fellowships. Depending on the type of project, costs are covered for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. Project staff on research projects may be covered via PhD or research scholarships. The maximum funding period is 24 months.

    Deadline: There are biannual application windows. In 2024, the application deadlines are:

    • 22 May 2024
    • 22 November 2024



    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions  – Postdoctoral Fellowships 2024

    MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships will be provided to excellent researchers undertaking international mobility either to or between EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries, as well as to non-associated Third Countries. Applications will be made jointly by the researcher and a beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sector.

    Deadline: 11 September 2024.



    NWO Aspasia (final round!)

    The Aspasia programme provides a grant to universities intended for the appointment of female Vidi candidates to associate professorships and female Vici candidates to full professorships. The Aspasia grant is on nomination only.

    Deadline: The call is expected to open soon, so make sure you monitor NWO’s channels!

    Information: Aspasia

  • Consortium grants & partnerships

    Decolonial Futures Research Priority Area – call for proposals for Seed Funding 2024

    The Decolonial Futures Research Priority Area establishes collaborations on decolonial research across the Humanities, Law, and Behavioural and Social Science Faculties. The RPA understands ‘coloniality’ as a form of power that emerged in the modern period to determine how people are categorized, how power and wealth are distributed, and how social exclusion takes place. ‘Decoloniality’ refers to the recognition and redress of the systemic injustices produced by colonial power and its legacies.

    Amount: up to €15,000

    Deadline: 15 March 2024

    Information: download the call for proposals



    IP themes

    The theme-based collaboration programme invites academics to formulate new, sometimes unexpected research questions on socially relevant themes at the interface of disciplines and faculties - and to also incorporate these in teaching. If you are interested in or want to join or collaborate with one of the four themes of the UvA Institutional Plan, please visit their events:

    Fair and resilient societies

    Fair and resilient societies has a meeting on 10 October 2023 (registration required).

    Sustainable prosperity

    Sustainable prosperity has a get-together every third Friday of the month, and on 15 December 2023 an annual event. If interested, please email

    Responsible digital transformations

    Responsible digital transformations is aiming to have regular monthly meetings. The next event is Monday 16 October. Anybody interested can mail Cheyenne Fiene at to be included in RDT communications and to join the 'Digitization & Society’ Teams Channel (a curated channel that supports informal communication between interested UvA-scholars).

    Healthy future

    Healthy future is organizing a seminar series. To register for the first seminar on 17 November (that is about food environments, health law and policy) – please fill out this form by 3 November 2023. Space is limited. The second seminar about Mental health and intergenerational transmission is on 2 February 2024 and the third on Healthy future and planetary health on 7 June 2024.

    The websites of the IP themes are currently in the making and will announce regular events in the future. They should be live by October/November 2023.


    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Staff Exchanges

    The Staff Exchanges action funds short-term international and inter-sectoral exchanges of staff members involved in research and innovation activities of participating organisations. The aim is to develop sustainable collaborative projects between different organisations from the academic and non-academic sectors (in particular SMEs), based in Europe and beyond.


    • 2023 Call - Opening date: 5 October 2023, Deadline: 28 February 2024
    • 2024 Call - Opening date: 10 October 2024, Deadline: 5 March 2025


    MSCA Staff Exchanges info session

    The info session will be the occasion to know more about this innovative programme, which offers unique opportunities for public/private organisations and their staff in terms of R&I, transferable skills and competences, as well as intersectoral/international exposure. You will hear from European Research Executive Agency and European Commission staff together with testimonials from Professor Alzhan BAIMENOV (Nazarbayev University), Professor Breandán KENNEDY (UCD) and Head of Research & Development department at the company MONOLITHOS Ms Anastasia-Maria MOSCHOVI. You will receive some key insights on how to apply, consortium composition and funding availability. The info session will be in English. Participation is free.

    When: 8 December 2023


    • Agenda
    • Webstreaming link
    • To better tailor the info session to your needs, please fill in this survey, and ask your questions in advance or live via Slido! (Event code #SE2023)


    Creative Europe – Media Literacy

    This call will support pan-European consortia with clearly defined objectives within the field of media literacy, including developing, creating and distributing materials and content to improve the digital capacities of citizens and their understanding of the media landscape. The focus is primarily on putting forward initiatives in collaboration with citizens and other stakeholders.

    Deadline: 7 March 2024 17:00 hrs.



    NIAS Fellowships

    A NIAS fellowship provides a great opportunity for researchers to further advance and deepen their work, broaden their international network and be exposed to a wide variety of methodological, epistemological and theoretical approaches in the social sciences, humanities, arts and life sciences. At NIAS scholars can carry out curiosity-driven research as a member of an interdisciplinary community of researchers and artists.

    Deadline: 18 March 2024


    NIAS Theme Group Fellowships



    Royal Society of Edinburgh International Joint Projects Grants

    The RSE International Joint Projects aims to facilitate international collaboration between researchers based in Scotland with researchers overseas. Applications for two-year joint projects are invited from Scotland-based researchers to include an overseas higher education institution (HEI), research institution (RI) or cultural institution (CI) of your choice (open to all countries). The RSE provides up to a maximum of £6,000 per year and up to a maximum of £12,000 over two years. The collaborating institution is expected to provide the equivalent level of funding per two-year joint project.

    Deadline: 28 March 2024 12:00 hrs. GMT



    Research Infrastructure (RI): national consortia

    Good research infrastructure is essential for creating and maintaining a robust research system. Two preconditions of such infrastructure are wide accessibility and good structural funding. NWO stimulates the establishment and upgrades of largescale research facilities and research infrastructure that enable the Netherlands to capture and hold its prominent international position.

    Deadline for statement of intent: 7 December 2023 14:00 hrs

    Deadline full application: 11 April 2024 14:00 hrs


    Information session

    On Wednesday 8 November 2023, there will be an online information session about this call from 11 am to 12 noon. Interested parties can ask all their questions during this session. More information will follow soon on


    Partners sought for NWO KIC Long-Term Programmes

    NWO has received 14 initiatives within the KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Covenant) call Long-Term Programmes - strategy-driven consortia with impact. Knowledge institutions, companies and public organisations are investing in these strategic public-private partnerships with a duration of ten years. NWO funds this PPP research with 9 million to a maximum of 25 million euros. Interested parties can approach the consortia for possible collaboration.

    Information: Partners sought for long-term research

    See also:


    National Growth Fund round 4

    The National Growth Fund allocates funding to projects with the highest potential of contributing to the earning capacity, or durable economic growth of the Netherlands.

    Rolling deadlines:

    • Quickscan: As of 12 October 2023
    • Pre-registration with feedback and possibilities to adjust your proposal: As of February 2024. Note: Postponed due to a committee debate in the Dutch House of Representatives on 14 February
    • Full proposal:
      1 June-15 July 2024, with decision on awarding around February 2025
      15 July-1 December 2024, with decision on awarding around June 2025


    Online Q&A sessions (free of costs)


    Monday 26 February 2024:

    • Human Capital (11:00 - 12:00). Here you can ask questions about the human capital activities in your proposal. For example: what is a good human capital analysis? How do you ensure sufficient confidence in good implementation of the human capital activities? How do you make it clear that the activities contribute sufficiently to meeting future labour market demand? How do you respond well to both tight and ample labour markets?
    • Grant route (13:00 - 14:00). During this session, you can ask all your questions regarding the subsidy route. In the subsidy route, you submit your own proposal as a field party (this is what we call institutions or companies). This is different in the departmental route, within which departments submit a proposal.
    • Sustainable earning capacity (15:30 - 16:30). During this session, you can ask questions about the information you need to include in your proposal to properly substantiate its economic and social impacts.

    Thursday 29 February 2024:

    • Valorisation (13:00 - 14:00). For all your questions about your valorisation strategy. For example: how do you ensure an impact validating approach? How should valorisation be reflected in governance? How do you show that you understand how valorisation works in your sector? 
    • Internationalisation (15:00 - 16:00). For questions including how do you properly map international developments? How do you ensure good budgetary embedding of international activities? Where can you go for what during the elaboration of international components of the proposal?



    Dutch Research Agenda - Research along Routes by Consortia 2024 (NWA-ORC 2024)

    The aim of the NWA-ORC 2024 call for proposals is to encourage research that is set up and carried out by interdisciplinary consortia that include representatives from the full breadth of the knowledge chain as well as relevant societal (public and/or private) partners, including citizens. The research will address so called wicked problems, focused on themes that are proposed by NWA-route networks and based on one or more of the 140 cluster questions.

    Deadline: The NWA-ORC 2024 funding round has two phases:

    • Submission of initiatives & collaborative workshops (required to be able to submit a proposal). The deadline for submitting an initiative is 9 April 2024 14:00 hrs. Between 6 May and 28 June, NWO organises two consecutive workshops for each theme to bring together, encourage and support researchers in preparing a joint proposal.
    • The deadline for submission of proposals via ISAAC is 1 October 2024 14:00 hrs


    Webinar on the NWA call Research along Routes by Consortia 2024

    The webinar will provide more information about the call: what this round looks like, what steps take place, what is expected of applicants and what the deadlines of this call are. This webinar also provides a space for asking questions. 

    When: Thursday 8 February 2024 10:00-12:00 hrs.



    Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) call Behavioural insights for climate policy

    Within the NWA research programme, the Call for Proposals ‘Behavioural insights for climate policy’ aims to make climate policy more effective and feasible. This will be achieved by researching approaches and methods to more effectively embed behavioural insights into the policy cycle. This Call for Proposals is aimed at developing knowledge for frameworks for action for the government of the Netherlands to design and implement effective and feasible policies. In this way, the Call for Proposals contributes to accelerating the transitions in the Netherlands.

    Deadline: 18 June 2024 14:00 hrs



    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – COFUND 2024

    COFUND provides funding for institutions to set up doctoral or postdoctoral schemes for research, training and career development, involving international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility. Projects last for up to 5 years and recruit at least 3 researchers, and help host organisations to fund salaries and additional allowances. 

    Deadline: 26 September 2024


  • Open science & impact

    IXA Learning Path Valorisation & Impact

    IXA offers a new learning path towards actively valorising research and thus creating impact. The path consists of 3 modules; an introductory session, an indepth session and two sessions in which you work on your own idea. Participating researchers can work on a number of skills corresponding to their own needs. The focus will be on translating your own research into the idea that you will further develop into a service, product or way of public outreach.

    When: 4 sessions in the period 15 February-23 April 2024 

    Information and registration:


    European Union Prize for Citizen Science

    The European Union Prize honors Citizen Science Initiatives in the European Research Area that enact change, expand knowledge, and demonstrate innovative Open Science processes that rethink existing practices while addressing social, cultural, environmental, educational, and political advancement.

    Deadline: 11 March 2024



    ERC Proof of Concept Grants

    ERC Proof of Concept Grants are for PIs of ongoing or recently completed ERC-funded research projects, and help explore the commercial and social innovation potential of this research. The biannual award provides a lump sum of EUR 150,000 for a period of 18 months.


    • 14 March 2024
    • 17 September 2024



    NWA Science Communication 2024

    The NWA Science Communication grant promotes the connection between science (all disciplines) and society. Grants are for small projects (up to EUR 50,000) or larger projects (EUR 50,000 – EUR 150,000) that offer innovative models of science communication that are sustainable after the project ends. Note that applications are expected to be in Dutch.

    Deadline: 14 March 2024



    NWO Impact Explorer

    A small top-up, for ongoing research-projects in the open competition or talent line, to explore an unforeseen opportunity for impact.

    Running deadline: The call has been open since 1 May 2023 and will stay open until the funding limit has been reached, or otherwise until 30 April 2024 14:00 hrs



    Open Science Clusters' Action for Research & Society cascading-grant

    To support the research communities to take up open science and foster the involvement of scientists in EOSC, OSCARS will launch two Open Calls (in total worth about 16 million Euro) to select third-parties for the development of new, innovative Open Science projects or services, that together will drive the uptake of FAIR-data-intensive research throughout the European Research Area (ERA). Projects can be proposed in the field of any of the Science Clusters by any researcher, or group of researchers, through a cascading grant mechanism.

    Amount: Funding per project is between €100,000 to €250,000 (lump sum).


    • 1st call launches March 2024; deadline: 29 April 2024
    • 2nd call launches November 2024; deadline: 29 December 2024



    Open Science NL – Open Science Meetings

    Both researchers and research support staff may submit an application for financial support for organising an open science meeting. The aim of this instrument is to allow open science communities to organise meetings on topics of common interest. Bottom-up support will benefit these communities and the connections between them by allowing open science practices to blossom and spread faster.   

    Amount: The maximum grant size is € 15,000 per meeting. The maximum remuneration per participant is € 100.

    Deadline: Applications can be submitted continuously, until the deadline of 12 December 2024 14:00 hrs. An application for a meeting must be submitted a minimum of six weeks before the meeting takes place.



    Impact workshops NWO

    These workshops will help you to define the focus of your proposal and increase the chance that your research will have societal impact. You can decide for yourself when, where, with whom and how often you use them.

    When: open continiously

    Information: NWO Impact Online workshops


    Horizon Results Booster – steering research towards a strong societal impact

    Supported by the European Commission, Horizon Results Booster services are delivered to FP7, H2020, and HE projects at no cost. The free-of-charge services are provided by experts and cover several paths in Dissemination and Exploitation activities, notably Portfolio Dissemination and Exploitation, Business Plan Development, and Go to Market service. Receive expert free of charge support services to boost the exploitation potential of your research results, disseminate effectively, and go to market.


  • Workshops & trainings

    'How to form an effective and enduring consortium'

    Article on the NWO website:


You can reach the Grant Team of the Faculty of Law by emailing Project Coordinator Robin Buning: